As Halloween 2011 approaches, as a shepherd and "Assistant Headmaster", I feel that I should remind people about the not-so-cute, spiritually dangerous activities that many foolish people -- teens and adults -- may be planning to have Halloween "fun" with. My targets: The Ouija Board, Mediums, Seances, Tarot Cards, etc.
Any attempt to communicate with the Unseen through spiritualistic practices and psychics is extremely dangerous. The Church, down through the ages, has very wisely forbidden it. Mother Church does this to protect us.
Historically, there are two decisions rendered by the Holy Office which deal directly with the question concerning Catholics being involved with spirits, Spiritualism, and Mediums.
- The answer was: “In the circumstances explained it is not permissible.” This decision was ratified by His Holiness Pope Leo XIII. [Analecta Ecclesiastica, Vol. VI, p.187]
The first decree is is dated March 30, 1898. It is a reference to the practice of automatic writing. The question was: " (A man named) Titius, while excluding from his purpose any compact with the spirit of evil, is accustomed to evoke the souls of the dead. His method is this: Being alone in his room, without any kind of external ceremony, he prays to the leader of the heavenly hosts to grant him the opportunity of conversing with the spirit of some definite person. He waits for a little time and then he feels his hand moved, and by this he learns the presence of the spirit. Then he explains what he wants to know and his hand writes the answers to the questions proposed. All these answers are in accord with the Faith and with the Church's teaching regarding a future life. For the most part such replies relate to the state of the soul of some dead person, the need that it has of prayers, and complaints of the negligence of its relatives. In the circumstances explained it is asked whether this practice of Titius is permissible."
|Saint Joseph, Terror Of Demons, Protecting Us|
Twenty years later, in a full assembly of the Congregation of the Holy Office, the following question was discussed:
- "Is it lawful -- by means of a medium, or without a medium, whether hypnotism be employed or not -- to take part in any sort of spirit communications or manifestations, even such as present an appearance of sincerity and piety, either by questioning the souls or spirits, or by listening to the answers received, or merely by looking on, even with a silent or explicit protest that one has no wish to have anything to do with evil spirits."
- The answer was: "The most Eminent and Reverend Fathers decided that in every one of these suppositions the answer must be in the negative." This decree was ratified on April 26, 1917, by His Holiness Pope Benedict XV. [Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Vol. IX, p. 268.]
“Do not have recourse to the spirits of the dead
or to mediums: they will defile you.”
“Any man or woman who is a necromancer or magician must be put to death by stoning; their blood shall be on their own heads.”
“There must never be anyone among you who practices divination,
who is a psychic, augur, or sorcerer, who uses charms,
consults ghosts and spirits, or calls up the dead.
For the man who does these things
is detestable to the Lord your God!”
If you or anyone you know have been involved with Psychics, Mediums, Séances, Ouija Boards, Automatic Writing, Table Tipping, Tarot Cards, or Ghost Hunting, please urge them to give it up, to admit these sins in Confession, and start or resume living Christian lives as holy as possible.