Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Should Christians and Catholics use Homeopathy?

Homeopathy in Christian Tradition

In 1862, Pope Gregory XVI awarded Charles Ozanam the Order of Saint Gregory the Great. Ozanam was a French Orthodox Physician who converted to homeopathy (link)

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) was the homeopathic patient of Antonio Negro, an Italian Orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy. Pope Paul VI awarded Negro the Order of St. Gregory for his work in homeopathy. (link).

Pope John Paul II was a homeopathic patient of Francesco Eugenio Negro (son of Antonio Negro).

Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa, who had a special interest in homeopathic medicine because of its effectiveness and low cost. Mother Teresa opened her first charitable homeopathic dispensory in Calcutta in 1950. She even prescribed homeopathic medicines herself sometimes.

"In 1846, four Benedictine monks led by Dom Rosendo Salvado and Dom Joseph Serra travelled through the Australian bush to set up a mission and found the monastery at New Norcia...It appears Dom Salvado may actually have been the first person officially recorded as practising homoeopathic medicine in Australia." (Link).
       
     Dom Salvado                           Dom Serra

"Father Mueller, a Jesuit missionary, brought homeopathy to south India in 1878, but even before him homeopathy was practiced in the small princely states of Thanjavur and Pudukottai under the patronage of the respective Princes." (Link)

Pope John Paul also beatified Antoine Frederic Ozanam (the brother of homeopath Charles Ozanam) in 1862 (link).

The Christian Orthodox Church has a history of supporting homeopathy: "The Russian Orthodox church rendered help on all levels of its organization taking an active part in the spreading of homeopathy in the Russian Empire when the rural clergy treated peasants with homeopathic medicines and urban clergy participated in activities of the homeopathic societies. Thousands of Russian rural priests treated people with homeopathic drugs in the villages" (link).

The Catholic Church's Current Stance on Homeopathy

"As a rule of thumb, so long as the therapy does not involve participation in a non-Christian spirituality, it is allowable. As a matter of prudence though, homeopathic treatments should not be used to the exclusion of traditional medical treatments, particularly in emergency or life-threatening circumstances" (link).

Natural medicine is encouraged in the Bible

"The fruit will be good food, and the leaves will be used for healing" - Ezekiel 47:12 

“On each side of the river stood the tree of life…and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2)

Those who practice medicine not condemned in the Bible

"Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings" - Colossians 4:14

"On hearing this, Jesus said, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.'" - Matthew 9:12

Homeopathy in the Bible???

"When they came to the oasis of Marah, the water was too bitter to drink...So Moses cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink." (Exodus 15:23-25).

"Then [Elisha] went out to the spring that supplied the town with water and threw the salt into it. And he said, 'This is what the Lord says: I have purified this water. It will no longer cause death or infertility.' And the water has remained pure ever since, just as Elisha said" (Exodus 2:19-22).

"For an angel of the Lord went down and stirred up the water at certain times. Whoever first stepped in after the stirring of the water was healed from whatever disease which he suffered." (John 5:4)

"Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 'Go,' he told him, 'wash in the Pool of Siloam' (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing." (John 9:6-7)


2 comments:

  1. Homeopathy has no relation to human religion....homeopathy is a good form of treatment ....we have to use it

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  2. on Catholics and homeopathy: Benedictines brought it to oz, Jesuit brought it to India: http://www.mayohomeopathy.ie/index.php/tag/catholics/

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