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Q. 1. What does the Catholic Church teach about magic and sorgery?

A. 1. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 2117, we find:

"All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others - even if this were for the sake of restoring their health - are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another's credulity.

Q. 2. What does it mean to "attempt to tame occult powers?

A. 2. Any attempt to predict the future or to heal someone from one's own power is an attempt to tame occult power. The individual makes the claim that he has the power. He alleges that such a power is not coming from God, that it is natural in everyone and it must be developed.

While the gift of prophecy comes from the Holy Spirit, when one attempts to foretell the future by the practice of meditation or some form of training, such a power is not from God.

While the gift of healing comes from the Holy Spirit, when one attempts to heal or claims to heal by self-developed power, such a power is not from God.

The following list of powers, because the individuals claim to have developed them, are not from God:

Amulets and charms,
Astral Projection (spirit travelling),
Aura viewing,
Card Reading (including Tarot cards),
Clairvoyance (see in the future),
Crystal Ball Gazing,
Fortune Telling,
Ghost hunting,
Love potions,
Ouija Board,
Reincarnation (belief of being born again over and over),
Remote viewing (see things happening at a distance),
Spell casting,
Spirit communition (mediumship),
Telepathy (mind reading),
Water Dowsing,

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