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Friday, December 07, 2007

Canton Repository 8 December 2007

Confusion about the authentic faith of the Catholic Church persists in the world today, and clarification remains necessary.

Recently, Mary Ann Winkowski, the “real Ghost Whisperer” behind the popular television program of the same name, spoke at an event in North Canton.
Winkowski, who calls herself a “paranormal investigator,” claims to be able to converse with the spirits of the dead. Whether or not that is true is not the issue at hand. What has caught the attention of careful readers is that several references to the Church were made in the article announcing Winkowski’s visit (The Repository, November 24, 2007), including the use of the phrase “a devout Catholic” to describe her. One wonders what purpose is served by bringing Catholicism into the discussion.

Since the Church has been dragged into this, it is appropriate for the Church to be given a voice. Based on the First Commandment from the Book of Exodus, the Church has consistently taught that all forms of divination, conjuring up the dead, clairvoyance, and so forth – even if they are meant for good – are contrary to Christian faith. The Bible calls all people to have no other gods except the one true God, and to place nothing above Him. That includes trusting in God’s Providence in matters of life and death, and in whatever concerns the future. Any attempt to meddle in the spiritual realm, unveil the future, or gain supernatural power over others is a failure to respect God our Creator. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 2115-2117.)

The Church desires that all people come to know the truth and love of God, and set aside all that is not of God. If one must take the risk of dabbling in occult and paranormal practices, please do not pretend the Church is supportive.

Father Matthew J. Albright
Parochial Vicar
Saint Michael the Archangel Church

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