Ditto. If you click on the link I have provided, you will read a sketch of the history of the investigation of Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP), and how it begins, not with TV shows, but with Catholic priests recording Gregorian Chant...and how the further study of the phenomenon continues with the Church. But you needn't rely soley upon that website; this is all a matter of public record and you can Google it as you like.
The Vatican & the EVP
Unknown to many Christians: Catholics, Protestants and Fundamentalists -
the Catholic Church has been actively positive and encouraging towards
investigation of the Electronic Voice Phenomena.
o Two of the earliest investigators were Italian Catholic priests,
Father Ernetti and Father Gemelli, who came upon the
phenomena by chance while they were recording Gregorian chants in 1952.
o Father Gemelli heard his own father's voice on the tape calling
him by a childhood nick-name saying 'Zucchini, it is clear, don't
you know it is I.'
o Deeply troubled by Catholic teaching in regard to contact with
the dead the two priests visited Pope Pius XII in Rome.
o The Pope reassured them:
Dear Father Gemelli, you really need not worry about this. The
existence of this voice is strictly a scientific fact and has nothing
to do with spiritism. The recorder is totally objective. It receives
and records only sound waves from wherever they come. This
experiment may perhaps become the cornerstone for a building for
scientific studies which will strengthen people's faith in a hereafter
(Italian Journal Astra, June 1990 quoted Kubis and Macy, 1995:102 ).
o Pope Pius' cousin, the Rev. Professor Dr Gebhard Frei,
co-founder of the Jung Institute, was an internationally known
parapsychologist who worked closely with Raudive, a pioneer in
the research. He was also the President of the International
Society for Catholic Parapsychologists. He himself is on record as
All that I have read and heard forces me to believe that the
voices come from transcendental, individual entities.
Whether it suits me or not, I have no right to doubt the
reality of the voices (Kubris and Macy, 1995:104).
o Dr Frie. Professor Dr. Gebhard; died on October 27, 1967. In
November 1967 at numerous taping sessions a voice giving its
name as Gebhard Frei came through. The voice was identified by
Professor Peter Hohenwarter of the University of Vienna as
positively belonging to Dr Frei (Ostrander and Schroeder, 1977:271).
o Pope Paul VI; was well aware of the work being done from 1959
onwards on the voice phenomena by his good friend, Swedish film
producer Friedrich Jurgenson, who had made a documentary film
about him. The Pope made Jurgenson, a Knight Commander of
the Order of St Gregory in 1969 for his work. Jurgenson wrote to
Bander, a British voice researcher :
I have found a sympathetic ear for the Voice Phenomenon in the
Vatican. I have won many wonderful friends among the leading
figures in the Holy City. Today 'the bridge' stands firmly on its
foundations (Ostrander and Schroeder, 1977: 264).
o The Vatican also gave permission for its own priests to conduct
their own research into the voices- Father Leo Schmid, a Swiss
theologist, collected more than ten thousand of them which were
published in his book When the Dead Speak in 1976, shortly after
o Another Vatican-approved researcher was Father Andreas Resch
who as well as conducting his own experiments began courses in
parapsychology at the Vatican's school for priests in Rome
(Kubris and Macy, 1995:104).
o In 1970 the International Society for Catholic Parapsychologists
held a conference in Austria and a major part of that conference
was concerned with papers on the Electronic Voice Phenomena.
o In England in 1972 four senior members of the Catholic hierarchy
were involved in the famous Pye recording studio tests conducted
by Peter Bander (Connelly 1995: 44).
o Father Pistone, Superior of the Society of St Paul in England
said in an interview after the tests:
I do not see anything against the teaching of the Catholic
Church in the Voices, they are something extra-ordinary
but there is no reason to fear them, nor can I see any danger
(Bander 1974: 132).
o His excellence, Archbishop H.E. Cardinale, Apostolic Nuncio to
Naturally it is all very mysterious, but we know the voices are
there for all to hear them (Bander 1974: 132).
o Since the 1970s the Vatican has continued to sponsor extensive
research into all areas of parapsychology including Electronic
o Recently Father Gino Concetti, one of the most competent
theologians in the Vatican, said in an interview:
According to the modern catechism, God allows our dear departed
persons who live in an ultra-terrestrial dimension, to send
messages to guide us in certain difficult moments of our lives. The
Church has decided not to forbid any more the dialogue with the
deceased with the condition that these contacts are carried out
with a serious religious and scientific purpose (printed in the
Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano - cited in Sarah Estep's
American Association Electronic Voice Phenomena, Inc
Newsletter, Vol 16 No, 2 1997 )
Clearly, the Church realizes that science is making enormous,
inevitable, irreversible and cumulative progress which nobody is in
a position to stop.p