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Q. 1. Why is the Rastafari Movement considered a heresy by the Catholic Church?

A. 1. The Rastafari movement is an African-based spiritual ideology that originated in the 1930s in Jamaica.

While some described it as a religion, it is considered by many adherents to be a "Way of Life".

Its followers adore Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, who ruled from 1930 to 1974, some believing he is Jesus in his Second Advent, or as God the Father.

Members of the Rastafari way of life are known as Rastas, or the Rastafari. The way of life is sometimes referred to as "Rastafarianism."

The Rastas believe that smoking cannabis or ganja is a spiritual act. That practice is often accompanied by a Bible study.

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