Steve Ray was caught promoting superstition on the Catholic Answers radio program: wearing a rosary “around your neck keeps the Devil away – it keeps the evil powers away, because they hate the rosary and they hate the crucifix.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church rightly condemns superstition, defining it thus:

2111 Superstition is the deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand, is to fall into superstition.

Attributing magical powers to wearing a rosary around the neck is indeed superstition. As is making 9 copies of a letter to St. Jude and leaving them around the church (or 9 x 9) for 9 days. As is burying St. Joseph upside down in your yard (facing away from your house, of course) in hopes of selling your house. As is tossing St. Benedict medals over the fence of the house you hope to buy. As is burying St. Benedict medals in your foundation of your house to keep the devil away. Etc., etc.

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  1. Though I have many disagrements with you as catholic faithfull, I agree with with you on that Bill. That’s magic, not catholicism !

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