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Q. 1. What can you tell me about "healing of the family tree" that is practiced in the Catholic Church?

A. 1. Healing of the family tree finds its origin from the Protestant churches. It is based on new age or Protestant fundamentalist ideas.

Based on the writings of Anglican psychiatrist Kenneth McAll, who promotes "Healing of the Family Tree," he believes that many supposedly 'incurable' patients are the victims of ancestral control. He therefore seeks to liberate them from this control. He claims that by drawing up a Family Tree, he can identify the ancestor who is causing his patient harm. He then cuts the bond between the ancestor and patient. [Source: summary on the back cover of the book "Healing of the Family Tree" by Kenneth McAll.]

Is there any biblical support for this belief? Those who practice healing of the family tree always refer to the book of Exodus where God says, "I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me." [Exo. 20:5; 34:7] This biblical passage is taken out of context. It is not meant to apply for all time unto the end of the world. Many of the blessings and curses found in the Old Testament were for the Jews only, such as circumcision, animal sacrifices, and other ritual and judicial laws.

St John Chrysostom says explicitly that the declaration of punishment unto later generations "is not to be universally applied, but was made with regard to those going out of Egypt." (Homily 56 on St John)

Is there Bible support against the teachings of the family tree? Yes, there is! Read the following passages:

The Apostles asked Our Lord, "Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him." [Jn. 9:3]

Another time, Our Lord reinforced this fact when He said, "Do you think they were worse offenders than all the others in Galilee and in Jerusalem? I tell you, No." [Lk. 13:2, 4]

Even in the Old Testament, God condemns the teaching of "Healing of the Family Tree." There you read: "Yet you [the Jewish people] say, 'Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?' When the son has done what is lawful and right, he shall surely live. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself." [Ezekiel 18:19-20]

In Jeremiah 31:29-30, God repeats the aforementioned.

So who do you believe? Do you believe the misguided clergy and layperson who promote the foolishness of "Healing of the Family Tree?" Or do you believe the Sacred Words of Jesus that are found in the Holy Bible? The choice is yours! Choose the teachings of your Creator and Master, God, or the evil one!

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