Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Catholic Bishops Say No to Reiki

This makes me chuckle. US Catholic Bishops have come out against the practice of Reiki. Not only because there is no scientific evidence that it works but also because
"There is a radical difference between Reiki therapy and the healing by divine power in which Christians believe: for Christians the access to divine healing is by prayer to Christ as Lord and Savior, while the essence of Reiki is not a prayer but a technique," the bishops said in a statement.

And then there's the fact that "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," the bishops said.
You can read what the Bishops have to say about Reiki here(pdf).

I wonder what Catholic Bishops have to say about the efficacy of prayer for curing the sick. Is it more or less effective than Reiki?

Maybe this all just an April Fool's joke.

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