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Healing touch QUESTION from Bill April 19, 2000
I was wondering what the Catholic churches stance on Healing touch was. I am concerned when they are talking about fluffing the ora and channeling energy that we are moving away into something dangerous. A friend of a friend claims to have a lay calling to this. Please let me know if the church actually is going for the mind candy?
Thank You
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on April 27, 2000 Dear Mr. Bill:
Touch can certainly have a healing effect. The Church teaches healing touch in the form of the Sacrament of Anointing, and in the caring compassion of one person to another.
The Church also has no problem with legitimate forms of therapeutic touch found in medicine -- such as in physical therapy, massage, etc.
But what you are talking about is a form of healing touch that is sourced in the occult and in Eastern mysticism that is contrary to Christianity.
Fluffing the ora and channeling energy is occultism and as such is dangerous.
One should not walk, but run, from anyone desiring to fluff your ora or channel energy for you are walking in Satan's sandbox if you don't.
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