Who is MacNutt and What is CHM?


#1

There is already a thread in Spirtuality about Francis MacNutt that I resurrected. However, I’m re-posting my questions about MacNutt and Christian Healing Ministeries here where it might get more attention. Here is what I posted in the Spirituality section in the thread, Francis MacNutt:

[quote=Théodred]I’m resurrecting this thread because I recently discovered my Fundamentalist/Evangelical in-laws reading a book by MacNutt.

I’ve read the CHM website (christianhealingmin.org/index.htm), and while it specifically states that MacNutt is a former Catholic priest, it says nothing else about the Catholic Church or any Protestant denomination except the Episcopal Bishop of Florida. However, the website states that it is an “ecumenical” organization that is not financially supported by the Episcopal Church.

The website states that:

I find this statement to be horribly ambiguous. What is meant by “church”? What is meant by “God’s message of Healing”?

Is this “church” the “Body of Christ” that has Christ as its head? If so, how exactly does Christ ignore any integral part of His own Gospel? It would appear that there is a faulty ecclesiology at work here. I wonder if this is the typical “ecumenical movement” error of confusing the Church with the heresy of pan-Christianity.

Is “God’s message of Healing” confined only to healing physical or mental ailments, or does it include the more important healing of spiritual healing (after all, our spiritual health determines how we are to spend eternity). If “God’s message of Healing” includes spiritual health, I fail to see how the Church has ignored this message. The Church has constantly held the sacraments (specifically of Penance and Reconciliation, the Eucharist, and Anointing of the Sick) in high regard and as essential elements for one’s health and wellbeing (spiritual and physical). I wonder if this is the common error found in some charismatic groups that the most important healing is that found at the hands of charismatics (not the healing found through the sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ).

I would really like some answers to these questions by someone who knows more about MacNutt and CHM. After reading the group’s website, I’m simply not convinced that this man nor his organization are in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church. The website certainly does not say as much, and it appears that this reticence for some reason is intentional.
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Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :slight_smile:


#2

[quote=Théodred]There is already a thread in Spirtuality about Francis MacNutt that I resurrected. However, I’m re-posting my questions about MacNutt and Christian Healing Ministeries here where it might get more attention. Here is what I posted in the Spirituality section in the thread, Francis MacNutt:

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :slight_smile:
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The web page christianhealingmin.org/whoare.htm
explains that Francis S. MacNutt and Judith Sewell MacNutt married in 1980. Since Francis MacNutt was ordained a Catholic Priest in 1956 (Dominican order), I assume that he is no longer a Roman Catholic.

The seminars (I II and III) are not free.

Their ministry is located in Jacksonville Florida.


#3

[quote=jmm08]The web page christianhealingmin.org/whoare.htm
explains that Francis S. MacNutt and Judith Sewell MacNutt married in 1980. Since Francis MacNutt was ordained a Catholic Priest in 1956 (Dominican order), I assume that he is no longer a Roman Catholic.
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I know of a few laisized (sp?) priests who are still Catholic. On the other thread someone replied that he was still Catholic. If so, he certianly doesn’t make it clear.


#4

The name MacNutt is familiar… I may hae a book by him in my nut file. I’ll look for it today.


#5

Thanks, Xenos. I would appreciate that.

He has written:

Healing

Prayer That Heals

Deliverance from Evil Spirits: A Practical Manual

Praying for Your Unborn Child

The Power to Heal

Overcome by the Spirit: The Extraordinary Phenomenon That Is Happening to Ordinary People

Healing

The Nearly Perfect Crime: How The Church Almost Killed The Ministry Of Healing

Fernando Cortes His Five Letters of Relation to the Emperor Charles V (Rio Grande Classic)

A papal chamberlain;: The personal chronicle of Francis Augustus MacNutt;

All the links to Amazon.com. I was unable to find any of these books at my local library, but I’ve yet to try the main branch.


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