The Catholic Church has a long history of dealing with mediums, psychics, channelers, clairvoyants, astrologers, fortune tellers and others that follow this mindset. Many of these types of people have directly attacked the Catholic Church, or the church has perceived them as hostile towards Catholic ideologies. The catechism of the Catholic church has a very defined attitude towards this type of divination – one that has changed very little over the centuries.
The basic belief of the Catholic Church is that God can reveal the future to certain prophets and saints. They don’t deny the fact that there have been people throughout history that have seemingly known the future, long before it occurred. In fact, they openly praise these people as “messengers of God,” and often create near cults of personality around them.
However, the Catholic Church does not believe that “fortune tellers” are legitimately receiving their information from God. Instead, they believe that this information comes from the devil. Catechism states Catholics must reject all forms of divination. They believe that any type of “fortune telling” is satanic by its very nature, especially if the medium is attempting to speak directly to Satan. The church especially frowns upon attempts to conjure the dead, or working through people who speak with the dead. Catholic catechism declares this type of “afterlife” communication to be directly evil in nature.
The belief by the Catholic Church is that this divination connection is true even of mediums that do not profess to speak directly with Satan. According to church dogma, fortune telling of any kind is not in the providence of the true Catholic. The person seeking to know the future is not putting their faith in God, but is rather attempting to circumvent and disrespect his power. According to the church, true understanding of the future comes only from God himself through unsuspecting and at times unwilling prophets and saints.
Even practices as simple as reading horoscopes, astrology, palm readings, believing in non-Catholic superstition, looking for omens, and other forms of supernatural belief are completely rejected and shunned by the church. These beliefs and practices are said to conceal a desire for power and especially power over human beings. The desire to read the future is also seen as a sign that somebody wishes to acquire hidden powers and abilities that go beyond the average man.
That is where the essential sin of “divination” lies: the attempt to be “better” than the average man, and to aspire towards the powers of God Himself. Fortune tellers are attempting to overcome the will of God, circumvent his desires, and create a form of control that is not only impossible, but that is actually immoral and blasphemous. Anybody attempting to discover the future through divination is going against the will of God according to the Catholic Church.
This catechism belief helps the Catholic Church avoid charges of hypocrisy when they openly praise prophets and saints, while at the same time condemning mediums, psychics, channelers, clairvoyants and others that fall into this box. The church stipulates that saints and prophets know the future through God’s will only, and are working through Him to achieve a goal that he has deigned.
There are many high paid celebrity psychics that make the claim they can speak to those that are dead. Some of these psychics are George Anderson, Sylvia Browne, and John Edwards just to name a few. This is a very lucrative business and many are making millions and preying on the emotional needs of people. Some indicate they are clairvoyant or that they are mediums channeling spirits through their bodies. Whatever your thoughts on this topic, the stance by the Catholic Church on these channeling energies is considered as coming from a satanic place rather than from a godly direction unless you are a prophet or a saint.