Reiki and the Catholic Bishops, Again
Sister Madeline Gianforte is a Reiki master in Milwaukee, and a Roman Catholic nun with the Sisters of Saint Agnes. Kim Lawton, a correspondent for the PBS show “Religion and Ethics,” interviewed Gianforte and another Reiki master who was trained by Catholic nuns. Lawton also interviewed Rev. Tom Weinandy of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which advised in the spring of 2009 that Reiki practice is not appropriate to Catholics.
As Reiki becomes more visible to the public, Reiki practitioners and students will come across not only more people who are interested in Reiki, but also, those who dismiss or oppose it. It is critical that a mature Reiki practitioner understand the arguments that are made against Reiki and be able to address them reasonably.
A thoughtful discussion of the issues raised would benefit the Reiki community, and I hope you will share your perspective after watching the video. What are the points that you found particularly useful? Do you have a well reasoned rebuttal to any of the points made? Are there other questions or points that you would have liked to see raised?
Let’s use this as an opportunity to practice communicating about a controversial issue without being inflammatory or disrespectful of other perspectives. In this way, we honor Reiki founder Mikao Usui’s advice, Today only, do not anger. Only comments that honor this request will be posted.