NO to reiki say our Bishops! Thank You Jesus


Our bishops finally ruled on ‘reiki’ especially as it is being used by some nuns and such.

THEY SAID NO! Thanks be to GOD!


  • Committee on Doctrine
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    1. From time to time questions have been raised about various alternative therapies that are often available in the United States. Bishops are sometimes asked, “What is the Church’s
      position on such therapies?” The USCCB Committee on Doctrine has prepared this resource in order to assist bishops in their responses.
  1. The Church recognizes two kinds of healing: healing by divine grace and healing that utilizes the powers of nature. As for the first, we can point to the ministry of Christ, who performed many physical healings and who commissioned his disciples to carry on that work. In fidelity to this commission, from the time of the Apostles the Church has interceded on behalf of the sick through the invocation of the name of the Lord Jesus, asking for healing through the
    power of the Holy Spirit, whether in the form of the sacramental laying on of hands and anointing with oil or of simple prayers for healing, which often include an appeal to the saints for
    their aid. As for the second, the Church has never considered a plea for divine healing, which comes as a gift from God, to exclude recourse to natural means of healing through the practice of
    medicine.1 Alongside her sacrament of healing and various prayers for healing, the Church has a long history of caring for the sick through the use of natural means. The most obvious sign of
    this is the great number of Catholic hospitals that are found throughout our country. 3. The two kinds of healing are not mutually exclusive. Because it is possible to be healed by divine power does not mean that we should not use natural means at our disposal. It is not our decision whether or not God will heal someone by supernatural means. As the Catechism of* the Catholic Church * points out, the Holy Spirit sometimes gives to certain human beings “a special charism of healing so as to make manifest the power of the grace of the risen Lord.”[FONT=Times New Roman]2[/FONT] This power of healing is not at human disposal, however, for “even the most intense prayers do
    not always obtain the healing of all illnesses.”[FONT=Times New Roman]3 Recourse to natural means of healing therefore[/FONT] remains entirely appropriate, as these are at human disposal. In fact, Christian charity demands
    that we not neglect natural means of healing people who are ill.


  • A) The Origins and Basic Characteristics of Reiki
    1. Reiki is a technique of healing that was invented in Japan in the late 1800s by Mikao Usui, who was studying Buddhist texts.[FONT=Times New Roman]4 …

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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.
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

***Read the entire document at


“Pani” thank you for posting this.

I often wonder if any of this… relates also to “homeopathic medicine”… and “alternative medicine”.

My sister works for a chiropractor/homeopathic doctor… and she has told me about some of the “remedies” and how they work. He uses “energies”… etc. And it has always sounded a bit… suspect… to me. I don’t understand it, I guess. But I don’t want to take your post “off topic”. Thanks for the info!

God bless.


Sad day for me. I was thinking of returning to the practice of Catholicism, but it looks like the bishops don’t want me.


Me, me, me, I, I, I. How pathetic :rolleyes:


It’s a personal issue and elicits a personal response. I would ask you to abide by the rules of charity.


To quote from the document, the main problem with reiki is : “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”

Without knowing exactly what your alternative doctor is saying, as far as I know homeopathy and chiropractic aren’t themselves based on a quasireligious or quasispiritualistic understanding of the term ‘energies’, nor are they influenced by eastern religions and philosophies, unlike reiki.

Doesn’t mean they have any verified scientific basis, but the practices themselves seem as spiritually harmless as Western medicine. The doc might have picked up some funny ideas from somewhere else though.


God doesn’t want sin, it’s as simple as that. He does want you, without it. Do you want God? :slight_smile:


I feel some bodywork therapies are ok, including reiki, for health maintenance and minor complaints, or adjunct to medical treatment (as approved by the treating physician). Consider the possibility that prayerful persons will be guided/directed to therapies and practitioners that will help the healing process and are safe.

Six months after I broke my ankle my back was messed up from being on crutches and then limping. My legs felt like wet noodles. At a Dominican center (thank God for these loving, enlightened sisters) where there is a program of alternative therapies, I received medical massage, laser acupuncture (GREAT for back pain!), reiki, and spinning. I was fixed up in a month and my legs felt strong. BTW, the practitioner is catholic.

~White dove fly, not to cry over spilled pain, gain strength and heal, love~


My experience of both God and Reiki is not quite that black and white.


Another accurate treatment of the issue


How on Earth can a practice like Reiki mean so much to you that it would keep you from pursuing God, when you would otherwise have found Him in Catholicism? It seems a rather trivial reason to be throwing away the Bride of Christ.


Good question.

Over a year ago, I realized that I just could not believe in most of what the Catholic Church teaches about God. When I looked into my heart of hearts, I could make only two statements about Divinity: a) I believe in a Benevolent Divinity and b) I believe in reiki.

But there is much that is good and holy in Catholicism, and it is that which attracted me back to it, but when the Bishops rejected the only other thing which I find to be holy in my life… I guess I am the bruised reed they broke.

And Divinity is not just found in Catholicism. Fortunately, the Second Vatican Council affirmed that.


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