I was out running some errands this afternoon and playing radio roulette in attempts to find interesting programming and an absence of commercials when I happened upon Catholic Answers Live broadcast on Relevant Radio.
The next call just came up and the lady asked if it was OK to believe in ghosts because she felt that one could be trying to contact a friend or relative (I’m making the question short here) :rolleyes:
I kinda smiled and thought to myself, “Self, ol’ Colin will make short shrift of her, this afternoon.” He’s a pretty straight arrow theologian and I admit to some difficulties with some of his statements (on peripheral issues, not dogma).
Well, I just about drove into a telephone pole when he replied to the lady that there were only three places we can go after death: Heaven, Purgatory, or the other place. Then he said that it was possible that the Lord might allow someone in Purgatory to return to Earth to contact people to ask them for prayers to get them out of Purgatory sooner. :eek:
He elaborated that there have been too many unexplained incidents over the years that theologians can’t explain and so they have left the question undecided.
He firmly stated, however, that if someone is contacted by a “ghost” or other paranormal being, they are not to be used for asking for information on the future or other “divination” which is strictly forbidden by the Church.
If contacted, he said prayer should be our only reaction, prayer for the being, and prayer for yourself. If necessary, contact your Pastor.
Hopefully, an Apologist will step in here.