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practitioners attempt to Christianize Reiki by adding a prayer to Christ, but this does not affect the essential nature of Reiki. For these reasons, Reiki and other similar therapeutic techniques
cannot be identified with what Christians call healing by divine grace.
9. The difference between what Christians recognize as healing by divine grace and Reiki therapy is also evident in the basic terms used by Reiki proponents to describe what happens in Reiki therapy, particularly that of “universal life energy.” Neither the Scriptures nor the Christian tradition as a whole speak of the natural world as based on “universal life energy” that is subject to manipulation by the natural human power of thought and will. In fact, this worldview
has its origins in eastern religions and has a certain monist and pantheistic character, in that distinctions among self, world, and God tend to fall away.[FONT=Times New Roman]8 We have already seen that Reiki[/FONT] practitioners are unable to differentiate clearly between divine healing power and power that is at human disposal.
III. C[FONT=Times New Roman]ONCLUSION[/FONT]
10. Reiki therapy finds no support either in the findings of natural science or in Christian belief. For a Catholic to believe in Reiki therapy presents insoluble problems. In terms of caring for one’s physical health or the physical health of others, to employ a technique that has no scientific support (or even plausibility) is generally not prudent. 11. In terms of caring for one’s spiritual health, there are important dangers. To use Reiki one would have to accept at least in an implicit way central elements of the worldview that undergirds Reiki theory, elements that belong neither to Christian faith nor to natural science. Without justification either from Christian faith or natural science, however, a Catholic who puts his or her trust in Reiki would be operating in the realm of superstition, the no-man’s-land that is neither faith nor science.[FONT=Times New Roman]9 Superstition corrupts one’s worship of God by turning one’s religious[/FONT] feeling and practice in a false direction.[FONT=Times New Roman]10 While sometimes people fall into superstition through[/FONT]
ignorance, it is the responsibility of all who teach in the name of the Church to eliminate such ignorance as much as possible.
12. Since Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholic institutions, such as Catholic health care facilities and retreat centers, or persons representing the Church, such as Catholic chaplains, to
promote or to provide support for Reiki therapy.
Most Rev. William E. Lori (Chairman) Most Rev. John C. Nienstedt
- Bishop of Bridgeport Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
- Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair Most Rev. Arthur J. Serratelli
- Bishop of Toledo Bishop of Paterson
- Most Rev. José H. Gomez Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron
- Archbishop of San Antonio Bishop of Oakland
- Most Rev. Robert J. McManus Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl
- Bishop of Worcester Archbishop of Washington
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