Reiki at Catholic Hospitals?

Q. Are Reiki practitioners allowed at Catholic hospitals?

A. Unfortunately, Catholic hospitals have often promoted Reiki and other questionable practices. In 2009, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a statement clarifying that Reiki has no place in Catholic medical care. It’s called “Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy.”

A few of the document’s most important insights:

Though Reiki proponents often claim that it is not a religion, it has several aspects of a religion: “spiritual healing,” “sacred ceremonies,” references to a god or goddess or “divine consciousness,” “universal