The phony and new age “healing” practice Reiki is all too common and is used at some Catholic hospitals and retreat centers. Over time I have heard plenty of people calling into Catholic Answers asking about this. This issue has become a little more clear now since the USCCB Committee on Doctrine has released “Guidelines For Evaluating Reiki As An Alternative Therapy” and says “Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence” and is superstitious”
So this new document will be some help to those wanting to get rid of this nonsense as practiced in Catholic institutions. Though like most Church documents including those from the USCCB there are often just ignored by Catholics who want to do their own thing.
Hat tip to Fr. Philip Powell, OP.