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Gary Paul wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am not trying to be a smart alec or cause you any trouble. My question is regarding faith healers like Peter Popoff and Benny Hinn.

  • Why is the Catholic Church silent on these hucksters?

They are taking millions from the poor and afflicted, whom medical science cannot help. This is not a matter of don't knock the competition because they are not your competition — they have absolutely nothing to do with religion.

  • How can you be silent?

Please answer my question thoroughly.

Thank you,


  { Why is the Catholic Church silent on faith healer hucksters outside the Church? }

Richard replied:

Hi Gary,

Catholic bishops have authority regarding Catholics, but they're pretty scrupulous about respecting the role of other Christian communities to discipline their own members.

They tend to give warnings about the religious activities of non-Catholics only if they see Catholics getting involved, and especially if they see the person misleading Catholics.

In the cases like those of Popoff and Hinn, most bishops have probably never heard of them. They're not prominent enough to get attention from Rome, so a local bishop would have to speak out if one of them were causing a particular local problem in his diocese.

And at least one Catholic bishop has warned about Hinn — when he visited India!

It's important to point out that the lack of a statement from a bishop here doesn't mean these figures should go unchallenged. There's nothing to stop Catholic lay people or priests from examining the shady practices of these figures and talking frankly about them.

God bless!

— Richard Chonak

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