Although I have had a steady little trickle of visitors here, I have no idea what any of them are thinking about what I have written. My earlier remarks concerning comments was aimed at non-Christian, pro-reiki readers: there is really no point my replying over and over again to these people, as my opposition to reiki is based purely on my Christian faith. I can understand people with no such faith believing that reiki is okay; my arguments will not convince you unless you share my faith, so I see no point in trying. This website is aimed at Christians who are either already involved in reiki or tempted to try it.
A word about a couple of bishops……… Firstly, I wrote to the bishop of the U.S. diocese in which the Benet Hill Monastery is situated because, as I previously mentioned, their website stated that he endorsed their work. I had a very nice email back from him, telling me that he actually shares my concerns completely. So, many thanks to Bishop Sheridan.
Unfortunately, similar thanks cannot be given to my bishop. I live in the U.K. diocese of Arundel and Brighton and you may have heard that my bishop Kieran Conry has attracted a lot of adverse publicity recently. I do not wish to comment on any of that: I personally have always found him to be a very kind man who has always seemed to be interested in talking to his people, as opposed to staying aloof and remote. I applaud him for that.
I mentioned before that I wrote to him a couple of years ago about the fact that a reiki conference was taking place in a convent in the diocese, although unfortunately he failed to reply to my email. No doubt he is a very busy man with many demands on his time. After making this site about reiki though, I decided to write to him again giving him a link to the site and attempting to sound out his views on the reiki issue. Sadly, it seems that I will never get to know what they are, as once again my email was ignored!
I have to say, that his failure to reply saddens me greatly. I had always had an idea of him as being somebody who would listen to people’s views and share his own. I know he probably gets to meet a lot of ‘crackpots’ in his ministry; maybe he considers that I am just another one of those! Being totally ignored is horrible though – worse even than being told you are taking a load of rubbish! I believe that my email deserved a reply, if only just a couple of lines to say he does not agree. I guess his silence really means that I have to assume anyway that he does not agree with me!
If even bishops think there is nothing wrong with reiki, what hope is there that ordinary Catholics will understand the dangers?
Please, if you read this and agree with me, I could really do with some support right now. In the meantime, I think I’ll join this lady in her prayers…………