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Should Catholics have or make Native American dreamcatchers?

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Should Catholics have or make Native American dreamcatchers? Should we accept this type of craft for a silent auction for the expansion of our church?

Answer

Displaying a dreamcatcher in a home is not a problem, assuming it is used solely for decorative purposes. If your church wishes to make clear that it is not encouraging use of dreamcatchers for any other purposes, the person who wishes to donate a dreamcatcher to your silent auction could be asked to tag it with a label stating, “Offered for decorative purposes only.”

 










13 comments

  1. Nevada Rohel Reply

    In Native American spirituality we do NOT use dream catchers as decorations they are a spiritual tool that we put up to destroy bad drams and let good ones through

  2. Alaric Viola Reply

    Using charms to ward off bad things isn’t taboo in Catholicism. Images of saints adorn many a medallion. Using a Dream Catcher is in no way worshipping another deity.

    1. Sadie Richter Reply

      Sorry, but this is incorrect. Images of Saints are just that. There is no power in our medallions. They are not charms or amulets and should never be used a
      s such.

  3. norma Reply

    Not understanding the problem, I have never heard of this mentioned anywhere? Where is this written?

  4. Cheryl Reply

    It will no doubt be part of the discussion at the International Association of Exorcists taking place in Rome there to take a hard look at the “rise of demonic activity” in the world. Glad the bishops aren’t wasting their time alleviating poverty and war.

    1. Anthony Reply

      Oh yes, alleviate poverty and war, because that’s the church’s sole mission right? WRONG! Religion has been reduced to Moralistic, Therapeutic Deism. That means God (if he exists) is out there and doesn’t really interfere. Religion is therefore about becoming a nicer person and doing good stuff.Sad to say a lot of Catholics have also reduced their religion to Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.

      If that is all that Christianity is, then (as Flannery O’Conner would say) to hell with it. No wonder people have stopped going to church because if your religion is no more than Moralistic Therapeutic Deism why bother dragging yourself off to a dreary building early on a Sunday morning to sing awful hymns with awful people and listen to some guy or gal read from a 2000 year old book and then drone on about being a nicer person peace and justice all are welcome gather them in and songs about eagles.
      You get my point.

      People are dropping out of church because it simply doesn’t make sense. However. Take yourself off to a traditionally celebrated Mass and you are on another planet. Suddenly the worship is strange and beautiful and otherworldly.
      The priest is talking about stuff you can’t get anywhere else. He’s not talking about making the world a better place, he’s talking about finding our way to the best place.He’s not talking about saving the environment. He’s talking about saving souls.

      He’s not talking about peace and justice, but introducing you to the Prince of Peace and the Fearful Judge of All.
      This is something you need if your soul is to be saved and you can’t get it anywhere else.
      Here is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of your Redeemer, and you can’t get that at the mall, the athletics activity, the soup kitchen or the activist’s meeting.This is why not only the Catholic Church, but the traditional form of Catholicism will ultimately survive and thrive: because it is real religion.This is what real religion is about: a transaction with the supernatural, the threshold of heaven, the staircase to the stars, the grittiness of repentance and redemption, the soul’s salvation and the heart’s homing.

      All the churches that are declining are declining into moralistic therapeutic deism (the social gospel)…..and they will continue to decline because what they are offering is not religion. It’s a blend of the Girl Scouts, Being Spiritual and the Power of Positive Thinking…and you don’t need to go to church for that. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on the other hand. That you got to go to church for!

      1. kay Reply

        The greatest evil ever done to mankind is religion. Each one is based on someones point of view and religion has caused more separation from God and each other than anything. Religion is man’s reality not God’s reality,

      2. Debra Reply

        Amen! I couldn’t have said it better.

      3. Debra Reply

        My reply was to Anthony.

  5. Mary Ann Merchant Reply

    this is funny . a dream catcher is a hoop and string and adornments until they are made something else … i don’t use one and i am Native .. no matter what ppl think their dreamcatchers are going to do for them .. they are has fake has religion until other things ar done .. so dream on sell on and act like you know… hhhehehehehehe

  6. Carlos Santillan, Virginia, USA Reply

    I have dream catchers all over my house and I have never even considered it as a form of worship. I also have a Katana adorning my living room and I used to be a practitioner of Kenjutsu. Does this mean I also practice Shintoism?

  7. mandy Reply

    As a child I attended Catholic church and attended Sunday school . It was in the Catholic church in Sunday school where I first learned about and make my first dreamcatcher !

  8. Sadie Richter Reply

    I respectfully disagree with this answer. This is like saying it’s ok to sell Ouija boards “for decorative purposes only”.

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