Catholic Bishops Deny The Existence Of Irony, Ban Reiki

In an article in G, the Boston Globe’s daily supplement, not to be confused with vitamins and amino acids, Bella English (lovely name) writes about the controversy bouncing around in Catholic hospitals about the use of reiki, a hands-on so-called healing technique from Japan.

Irrespective of whether reiki actually works, it’s instructive to read the following two paragraphs from the article:

But last spring the US Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that reiki – hailed by many as therapy, derided by others as quackery – would no longer be practiced in the church’s hospitals and retreat centers. Reiki, according to the bishops, is not grounded in science or Christianity and is therefore inappropriate for Catholic institutions.

Practitioners and clients claim that reiki (pronounced RAY-kee) reduces pain, stress, and anxiety; accelerates recovery from surgery and illness; and boosts the immune system. The church hierarchy begs to differ. “Without justification either from Christian faith or natural science, 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,’’ according to the six-page guidelines. “Superstition corrupts one’s worship of God by turning one’s religious feeling and practice in a false direction.’’

Read the last two sentences and tell me that the Church hasn’t banned irony. (Catholics and Christian believers… oh hell, believers of all stripes need not apply -  you wouldn’t understand.)

Is Pope Johnny Rats on board with this? Given the vast hypocrisies and willful ignorances of the Church past and present, one might be forgiven for holding in mind an image of the old man getting secret reiki sessions from young practitioners of dubious reputation. But that would be cynical… and nauseating.

One thing is sure. Once those senescent Vaticanians get their dander up, suffering is sure to follow, minor in this case since they are merely denying a form of comfort to ailing people.

Will it be long before the world is treated to the screams of imprisoned reikians echoing from the Vatican’s labyrinth of basement dungeons?

Stay tuned. Tape at eleven.


9 Responses

  1. Reiki, according to the bishops, is not grounded in science or Christianity….

    So, therapies can be grounded in one or the other, such that, even if an idea is completely wacko scientifically, if it’s sanctioned by Christianity, it’s still good to go?

    I guess so. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Ratzi breathed new life into the practice of exorcism, to which, as far as I know, science hasn’t paid any attention.


  2. Damn me – now I forgot to end the blockquote. Damn these long days at work.


    • Don’t worry, I got your block…


      • Thanks, Ric. I owe you a block-rub.


        • Ohhhhhhhhhh!


  3. I find this amazing! The bishops seem to be overlooking the fact that “Jesus” was an energy healer. . . as well as many of the other saints!! Perhaps they need to be educated on what they stand for and the true interpretations of the scriptures.


  4. How lovely for you Sharon, that you have the same powers as Jesus. A good friend passed away a while ago… could you bring them back to life for me?

    Oh. You can’t? Pardon me. I guess that’s because Jesus healed in a way you actually can’t copy, no matter how you try equate Reiki to what He did.


  5. Gracie I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find it in yourself to release your anger. Have you ever experienced a Reiki session?. . . Reiki isn’t about bringing people back from the dead. It is about connecting to one’s true-nature, when one releases the ego all questions are answered, if one is willing to hear. Gracie have you ever thought about the meaning of your name? . . . grace: the love and favor of god toward men. I send you forgiveness, love and light.


  6. Sharon, I am so sorry you can’t recognize sarcasm or other figures of speech. I am fully aware reiki isn’t about bringing people back from the dead. YEESH. I hope you can find it in yourself to actually try understand what people are saying to you instead of just using every opportunity to push your reiki nonsense.

    Your ‘advice’ to me reads as though reiki is some kind of god. It isn’t. Neither are you. I haven’t done anything to require you to ‘send me your forgiveness; perhaps you’ve placed yourself a little higher than necessary? (Food for thought for you.)

    There is only one God (and when you refer to Him, you are supposed to use a capital ‘G’). Your words show exactly why people are upset with reiki; in your short paragraph, you’ve epitomized what’s wrong with it.

    It’s your business if you choose not to worship God as a Christian, or if you choose to refer to Jesus incorrectly, but then… it’s our business if we choose as Christians, to place reiki where it belongs. The US Bishops have not tried to prevent you or anyone else from practicing reiki in your own world, they’ve just said it has no part of the Catholic/Christian world. They have that right, just as you have the right to practice it as part of your non-Christian world.

    It’s a shame none of you seem to be able to understand that.


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