Q. 1. What is the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding consulting psychics to find out one's future?
A. 1. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 2116 states:
"All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to "unveil" the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone."
Biblical passages on the matter state:
"Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions... and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." [Gal. 5:19-20]
"You shall not permit a female sorcerer to live." [Ex. 22:18]
"A man or a woman who is a medium or a wizard shall be put to death; they shall be stoned to death, their blood is upon them." [Lev. 20:27]
"No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or one who casts spells, or who consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead. For whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord; it is because of such abhorrent practices that the Lord your God is driving them out before you." [Deut. 18:10-12]