Catholics: Is casting magic spells and practicing witchcraft a mortal sin?


I’m not interested in doing those things, I’m just curious.

since both the fallacy of christianity and magic are both myths, why does it matter?
at least witch craft actually ‘worships’ real things like mother earth and elements etc. thos i still have no use for it…

According to Catholic doctrine, casting spells and practicing “witchcraft” are considered superstitious practices and it is superstitious practices that are considered to be misguided or heretical and thus sinful. Contrary to popular lore about the medieval witch hunts, the Catholic Church did not torture and kill that many witches. They did kill “heretics” though –mostly intellectuals who challenged Church doctrine. Some persons accused of witchcraft were also accused of heresy. Nevertheless, ceremonial (high) magic developed in the context of Christianity–both Protestant and Catholic– during the middle ages and was mostly developed by clerics and intellectuals within these Churches. Low magic–that is folk craft (“witchcraft”) and sorcery developed among people who practiced a rural folk form of Christian religion that included and remnants of cultural pre-Christian spirituality.

Yes they are. See Gal. 5:19-21, Rom 1:28-32. Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1852.

I am a baptist christian and I can tell you that it is sin.

Deuteronomy 18:14 (NAS) “For those nations, which you will dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so.”

Deuteronomy 18:10-11 (NIV) Let no one be found among you… who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or cast spells, or who is a medium or spiritist

That depends. The priesthood STUDIES the topic, but they are not supposed to actually perform it [Except the exorcism branch] Among the laymen it is supposed to be avoided as they don’t have the “Purity,” [Is that the word I am looking for?] to do so without mortal corruption.

casting magic spells and practicing witchcraft in real life? or in a game? if you mean in real life then yes. that would be pretty cool if you could cast magic spells though.

Yes, you are committing a mortal sin. Why not read “Catechism of the Catholic Church”? You should be more informed about your faith if only you seek the right resources.

DIVINATION – The art of knowing and declaring future events or hidden things by means of communication with occult forces. It is always an act of a religious nature. There is no divination if the religious element is missing, as in any scientific investigation. The occult forces in divination are always created rational powers that the Church identifies as diabolical. Implicit in this judgment is the belief that neither God nor the spiritual powers friendly to God would lend themselves to frivolous practices or subject themselves to any evoking human force. Hence, evoking these powers, whether explicitly or even implicitly, is considered an appeal to Satan’s aid. It is therefore a grave offense against God to attribute to the devil a sure knowledge of the contingent future, which, as depending on free will, is known to God alone.
This explains the strong prohibition in the Bible of any divining practices. “Do not have recourse,” the people were told, “to the spirits of the dead or to magicians; they will defile you. I am Yahweh your God” (Leviticus 19:31). And again: “Any man or woman who is necromancer or magician must be put to death by stoning; their blood shall be on their own heads” (Leviticus 20:27).
In the history of christianity every form of divination has been condemned by the Church. Among the more common are augury (Latin augurare, to predict) by the interpretation of omens such as watching the flight of birds or inspecting the entrails of sacrificed animals; axinomancy (Greek axine, axhead + manteia, divination) by means of the movements of an ax placed on a post; belomancy (Greek belos, dart) by drawing arrows at random from a container; bibliomancy (Greek biblion,book) by superstitiously consulting books, notably the Bible; capnomancy (Greek kapnos, smoke) by studying the ascent and descent of smoke and concluding that it was a good omen if the smoke rose vertically, especially from a sacrifice; chiromancy (Greek cheir, hand) by inspecting the lines of the hand, also called palmistry; necromancy (Greek necros, dead person) by consulting the dead or conjuring up the souls of the dead to inquire of them some secrets from the past or into the future, more commonly known as spiritualism. (Etym. Latin devinare, to foresee, predict, prophesy.)

MORTAL SIN – An actual sin that destroys sanctifying grace and causes the supernatural death of the soul. Mortal sin is a turning away from God because of seriously inordinate adherence to creatures that causes grave injury to a person’s rational nature and to the social order, and deprives the sinner of a right to heaven.
The terms mortal, deadly, grave, and serious applied to sin are synonyms, each with a slightly different implication. Mortal and deadly focus on the effects in the sinner, namely deprivation of the state of friendship with God; grave and serious refer to the importance of the matter in which a person offends God. But the Church never distinguishes among these terms as though they represented different kinds of sins. There is only on e recognized correlative to mortal sin, and that is venial sin, which offends against God but does not cause the loss of one’s state of grace. (Etym. Latin mors, death.)

Yes, generally when a Catholic does them…

yes

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