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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

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10 responses to “John DePetro, Psychic Readings and Catholicism”

  1. DogDiesel

    John Depetro
    South Park
    Really? You need to get a life and stop chasing other peoples’ ghosts, holy or not.

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  2. skwerl

    Most of the Catholics I’ve met are the “cafeteria” variety. They pick and choose what teachings they’ll actually adhere to, and leave the others. DePetro appears to be an average Catholic with an above-average view of himself and a below-average sense of ethics.

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  3. christinee

    In my Catholic education, very little was said on the subject of the Church’s teachings on psychics, and other forms of divination. It wouldn’t surprise me if many devout, church-going Catholics are not aware that belief in psychics, astrology, tarot and the like are forbidden by the Church. 

    And thank you, Steve for posting this. South Park’s take on John Edward was clever, funny and spot-on. And it is important to counter credulous promoting of Edward and other psychics. It is highly unethical to profit from taking advantage of people who are grieving, in distress, and in a vulnerable state. 

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  4. Kara D. Russo Young

    The fact that many Catholics are either not aware or do not heed the fact that all forms of divination should be rejected is actually a topic that I bring up a lot. In addition to 2115 and 2116, Canon Law 2117 elaborates that “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…” This includes movies like Harry Potter, Twilight, etc. 

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  5. John McGrath

    Edward is a phony, but Catholicism is all about talking with the dead.
    Hell, I have talked to dead relatives in dreams – long enjoyable conversations – and sometimes they have given me a number that actually came in when i bet it (thank you, Spirits). So they’re the ones violating this anti-Biblical teaching of the Catholic Church – I didn’t ask them to visit.
    Was not Joseph in the Bible a dream interpreter from God, predicting the future as God planned (not very pleasantly)? And wasn’t he a vulture capitalist too, screwing the farmers out of their lands and consolidating ownership into the hands of Boss Pharaoh?

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  6. John McGrath

    Karen Russo, stop playing canon lawyer. The pope has given Harry Potter the thumbs up. So you are putting yourself above the pope, which is OK with me, but you don’t have that canon law thing down right. And Rawlings, the Potter author, is off the world’s billionaire list because she has given away most of her fortune to charity. Sounds like she’s been listening to Jesus, if not you.
    This whole thing is such a silly topic. Which is why I like it.

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  7. Kara D. Russo Young

    John –  

    Pope Benedict and Father Gabriele Amorth ( chief exorcist of the vatican ) both condemned the Harry Potter series. :

    And although more recently the Vatican NEWSPAPER (not the Pope) did ok a Harry Potter movie, giving it props for it’s treatment of the forces of good vs. the forces of evil, the Vatican newspaper also CONDEMNED that same film, along with all the books and movies in the series, for leaving God completely out.

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  8. John McGrath

    The claim that the Pope has condemned the Harry Potter thing is a bit exaggerated, as is made clear in the balanced article I whose link is below. As for the “chief exorcist” (no such title exists), he makes some mighty starnge statements, as pointed out in the same article. And, really who care? People, even Catholics, are free to make up their own minds about this matter of grave importance. … P.S. My high school teacher, a saintly exorcist, was a lot more rational about the exorcism phenomenon. 


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  9. soulsinger

    What I can never understand about rabidly Christians/Catholics is why they need to impose all these rules in the first place.  I thought the whole reason God gave people free will is so they would choose for themselves, without the use of coercion.  Threats of excommunication or Hell are coercive.  It is my right to choose whatever I want — and to face the consequences (or lack thereof) when I shuffle off this mortal coil.  In other words, butt the hell out of my moral life! 

    And I find it extraordinarily hypocritical of the Catholic church to  condemn any form of magic when every Sunday they burn some incense, mutter a few incantations and BOOM!  Wine and bread are transformed into the blood and body of Christ.

    The difference between magic and miracles is in the eye of the beholder.

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