“Question: A shop near me sells lovely room fragrances, but they also have a lot of New Age goods, including tarot cards and crystals. Does this mean that I cannot shop there?
Answer by Fr Tim: We routinely have to use shops that sell things which we disagree with: most supermarkets sell condoms, for example. When we buy other items in such a shop, we are not formally co-operating in evil since our co-operation does not directly promote the evil, nor do we intend to do so. It is justifiable to use supermarkets because there is a reasonable cause for us to use them to buy ordinary food and household necessities. Likewise, we use banks to keep our money safe even though we may disagree on ethical grounds with some of their investment decisions.
With a New Age shop that sells fragrances, you need to consider whether there is really a reasonable cause to buy things there, or whether you could make do by going somewhere else. Room fragrances are, after all, not a necessity of life. You also need to assess how ‘innocent’ the shop is. New Age products are sometimes stocked between various lifestyle accessories simply because they are fashionable. But some shops focus more clearly on the occult. Tarot cards are a worrying sign, and you should certainly shun any outlet that goes in for spells or Wiccan supplies. Making choices about where we shop can also remind us of what is at the heart of our lives and what can be dispensed with.”
– This article by Fr Tim Finigan was published in the Catholic Herald magazine, issue December 5 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).
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