Catholic priests against Generational Healing
What does "Generational Healing" promote?
"Generational Healing" promotes the belief that there is a necessity
to heal the family tree based on the alleged "too many cases" where
recurring problems such as divorce, alcoholism, financial problems, accidents,
run in families. When a person dies, it is believed that his/her spirits who
caused such problems or natural spiritual tendencies or inclinations are
passed on to the descendants. In other words, it is believed that children are
adversely affected by the sins of their parents, grandparents, and
great-grandparents, who were also affected by the sins of their ancestors.
In support of this belief, reference is frequently made to the Book of Exodus
where it states:
"The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping
steadfast love for the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and
transgression and sin, yet by no means clearing the guilty, but visiting the
iniquity of the parents upon the children and the children's children, to
the third and fourth generation." [Ex. 34:6-7]"
It is believed that certain prayers are necessary to
"break the generational curses" or bad inheritances. It is further
believed that a private Mass or Masses celebrated for one's intentions, or for
the healing of any possible bondages afflicting the body, mind or spirit of
any family members, living or dead (and also for the prevention of disorders
in future family members who do not yet even exist), will heal the family
In the process of healing the family tree, it is recommended that the person
wishing to be healed of the family curse write up a geneogram, a pedigree
chart, a descendant chart or other listing of family members living or
deceased. It is taught that it is okay if the list is incomplete because God
knows everyone's particular needs and graces to be prayed for (far more than
we humans are aware of). God knows the needs of those who are living, the dead
and future members of the family tree.
Does "Generational Healing" conflict with Catholic teachings?
There is nothing in Catholic teachings to support "Generational
Healing." In fact, there is plenty to support that this belief is nothing
more than a "wishful magic formula" that inter-mingles Catholic
Church Liturgy such as the Holy Mass and the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
to give credibility to its movement. In its process, "Generational
Healing" rejects the Catholic teachings regarding the Sacraments of
Baptism and Confession. Allow me to explain!
During the Sacrament of Baptism of an infant, the priest says two prayers of
Exorcism. During the first prayer, after the reading of the Gospel, the Priest
commands any impure spirits who might be present to depart from the person to
be baptized. This process is to purify the physical body of the believer. The
second prayer of Exorcism is called "Ephpheta." (Ephpheta means
'Be opened') After the prayer, the Priest touches the ears and mouth of
the infant with his thumb. He then says, "The Lord Jesus made the deaf
hear and the dumb speak. May He soon touch your ears to receive His Word, and
your mouth to proclaim His faith, to the praise and glory of God the
Catholic doctrine further teaches that until such time as the infant has
reached the age of reason (8), he/she is a new creation and in an immaculate
state. Should he/she die before reaching the age of reason, he/she would
immediately go to Heaven because of the immaculate state.
If we are to accept that "Generational Healing" is necessary because
the evil spirits of the ancestors are passed on to their descendants, then we
must reject the Sacrament of Baptism as administered in the Catholic Church.
We must reject the claimed power of the Exorcisms that take place during the
Sacrament of Baptism. Either the baptized believer is freed from all evil
spirits, be they "generational" or not, through the administered
Exorcisms during the Sacrament of Baptism or he is not! Both beliefs cannot be
true and upheld by the same person because they oppose one another,
"Generational Healing" opposes the Sacrament of Baptism!
To accept "Generational Healing" as being truthful, it is a claim
that man does not enjoy a free will. If a person is possessed by evil spirits
because of the sins of his ancestors, logically, he cannot be held accountable
for the actions of his sinful nature. In other words, "the devil made him
Since he can no longer be responsible for his sins because of the alleged
generational possessions, then he no longer needs the Sacrament of Confession.
In order for one to be guilty of a sin, he must have the free will to do evil.
In the case of possession, one does not have control of his actions,
therefore, he does not have a free will.
As an example, let us suppose that evil spirits possessed five generations,
these evil spirits having been passed on from generation to generation. If
this was to be true, the question would be, "Where was Jesus during the
last 4 generations? Did He not free every soul from sin and possession during
the Sacrament of Baptism as the Catholic Church teaches?"
If Jesus failed to save those souls from sin and possession during the
Sacrament of Baptism, then it must be claimed that those who fall under the
curse of generational possession are eternally damned before they are born.
They have no living hope of ever being saved. The Sacrament of Baptism would
be useless for them. The Sacrament of Confession would also be useless since
these souls would not be guilty of their sins, therefore not being required to
In other words, such a person would be born in sin, cursed for life, would not
have a living hope of escaping the curse through the Sacrament of Baptism and
could not make use of the Sacrament of Confession because it would be useless.
Surely, this is not Catholic Teaching! Yet, this is what "Generational
In reference to the application of Exodus 34:6-7 in support of
"Generational Healing," this Bible passage has been taken out of
context. Nowhere in the Holy Bible does this passage imply a curse upon all of
humanity, from the beginning of time to the end of time.
Exodus 34:6-7, also found in Exodus 20:5-6, Numbers 14:18 and Deuteronomy
5:9-10 is a reference to God addressing the Jewish nation regarding the
worshiping of idols. In the working out of salvation history, the people of
Israel were to enjoy a special place and a unique intimacy with God. In turn,
much would be required of them, to be holy as their very God is holy, and to
fulfill their role of priesthood to the nations. This special vocation was not
to be forced on the people, but left to their free choice.
Therefore, the Biblical reference to the steadfast love of God versus His
generational punishment [Gen. 34:6-7] strictly applied to the Jewish nation in
the days of the Old Testament.
Reply to the Catholic theologians on the need for
Occult influenced ancestors do pass along their occult
demons to their descendents either during their lives through soul & sex ties
the time of their death through the family tie. We see a lot of people who
have resistance to things Christian, a fascination with the occult, compulsions
to sin and possession of demonic powers who want to be Christians but just
can't for some reason. Certain maladies spiritually come down their family
line, even if they were adopted at birth and didn't know anything about their
family of origin. Prayer and deliverance were of no effect. But when
they went through this clean up of the generations, often their problems would
disappear and would not come upon their descendants. I helped put on this
service for ten years and seen amazing healings that resisted all other
treatments. The one and only time I saw an angel was at the burning of the
geneograms after a service one evening.
Jesus addressed curses coming down the generations in Matthew
23:29 - 36 when he told the Jewish leaders that they were filling up the measure
of the sin of their forefathers that would bring wrath down on the present
generation. This judgment came to pass after Jesus was killed by these leaders.
The doctrines that exault the priests are the problem.
last edit: April 21, 2017