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Can Catholics Watch Programs about Ghosts?

QUESTION:

Is it wrong for Catholics to watch shows such as Ghost Adventures and A Haunting? They have episodes of recorded demonic events and I wonder if it’s wrong for me to be viewing? Seeing it makes me realize just how important my faith is and that there truly is evil prowling the world.

RESPONSE:

As with everything, we should be mindful that what we watch does not damage our faith and values.  As a lover of science fiction and fairy tales, and as a believer, I sometimes suspend belief for entertainment.  We do this regularly with children’s fantasies like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.  However, we should be mindful that not everything in these ghost hunting programs would fit into our belief system.  Indeed the occult, which can lead to demonic possession, is seriously dangerous.  We should not seek communications from the dead.  Many of the television programs make exaggerations about light and shadow, as well as interpreting creaking old houses and noisy furnaces as instances of the paranormal.  Note that the Syfy Network that ran the Ghost Hunters program also showed professional wrestling.  Both were likely more fiction than truth.  But people found them fun to watch all the same. 

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