MODERN MOVEMENTS WITHIN THE CHURCH
Healing has always occupied considerable attention in the Roman Catholic church. Many Catholic churches possess relics which are believed to have special healing powers. This may be a piece of bone taken from the body of a saint, as a rule one who is said to have performed miracles of healing during his or her lifetime. The believer may at any time offer prayers to this saint or ask the priest to apply the relic. This is done by touching the afflicted part of the body with the relic (enclosed in a case) and it is believed that healing may thus be accelerated. Some churches hold weekly healing services which are attended by all denominations in great numbers. The particular relics at these churches are believed to have special healing power. It is distinctly understood, however, that the patient should also have medical
PAULSEN AE. RELIGIOUS HEALING: PRELIMINARY REPORT. JAMA. 1926;86(22):1692–1697. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720480006009a
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