So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Witchcraft a crime in Canada? Who knew?!

Christianity is increasingly being pushed out of the public square, at least to the minds who have actively worked to marginalize the True Faith, if that were possible. The vacuum left behind in the wake of a loss of the True Faith among citizens is being filled by a rise in pagan superstitions and occult practices which, in who knows how many cases, may very well be leaving people open to demonic forces. The frequency with which ads for this or that occult practice that claims to offer special knowledge is occurring online, on radio and in the print media has increased in recent years to the point one finds ads for various forms of divination as common as ads for local college courses and home improvement stores.

That charlatans appear on the scene to "help" the afflicted, to no avail, of course, is detestable for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that people who prey upon the suffering to exploit them for profit cause additional suffering to those desperate for relief.
A story of fraud and foolishness.
National Post
http://news.nationalpost.com/toronto/toronto-police-charge-man-for-pretending-to-practice-witchcraft-after-victim-pays-101k-to-remove-evil-spirits
TORONTO — An Indian man living in Toronto was charged with pretending to practice witchcraft after he allegedly convinced a client to pay him $101,000 to remove an evil spirit.
Toronto police said that Murali Muthyalu — who also went by Master Raghav (= Descendant of Raghu. "According to the Raghuvamsha, he was born to king Dilīpa and his queen Sudakshina. His name in Sanskrit means the fast one, deriving from Raghu's chariot-driving abilities."—Wikipedia) — advertised psychic readings for $20 by handing out business cards in shopping malls and placing them in mailboxes between February and March 2017.
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While witchcraft charges are rare in Canada, the law that is mostly considered to be archaic is still regularly enforced. In 2012, a Spanish newspaper publisher in Toronto was charged for the same offence after convincing a woman he could lift her family’s curse.
Under the Criminal Code of Canada, witchcraft is defined by anyone who “pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration.” Practitioners undertaking “for a consideration, to tell fortunes” are also outlawed by the Criminal Code. While this would mean that all fortune tellers and psychics are acting illegally, it’s possible to beat the charges if the person genuinely believes they have such abilities.
Police would not rule out the chance that there are more victims. (Undoubtedly, there are other victims. As P.T Barnum might have once said, there's a sucker born every minute.)
Resorting to witchcraft or sorcery is always dangerous. Always. Whatever the in-road one may take into superstitious practices, e.g., divination, or however acceptable or innocent one thinks his occult practices to be, one runs the likely risk of bumping into entities which feed on the suffering soul with a fury far beyond what hungry pirañas do in mere minutes to an animal that happens to wander into their domain.
https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/witchcraft-101
For those suffering spiritually, turn to Jesus Christ, the only one Who can give relief to the suffering soul. A person need not despair. Turn away from sin and darkness and embrace the hope of faith in Jesus. Jesus awaits your homecoming. Contact a Catholic priest near you and ask for help. If you think you are suffering from a spiritual affliction, ask for a prayer of deliverance to be prayed over you. If you are a Catholic who has been away from the sacraments for awhile, ask for the Sacrament of Penance. Freedom awaits. Ask God to guide you to a faithful priest and trust in God's mercy.

Pray the Rosary, a sure defence against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

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