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