What Does the Church Say about Reincarnation? (The Cale Clarke Show)

In an episode of The Cale Clarke Show, a question from Gary prompted an in-depth discussion about reincarnation and its place in Catholic doctrine. Gary’s inquiry centered on whether the concept of reincarnation was once a part of Catholic belief and subsequently removed during the Council of Nicaea.

Cale Clarke, addressing the question, firmly stated that the Catholic Church has never taught reincarnation. He pointed out the misconception likely arose from misinformation about the Council of Nicaea. He referenced various historical misunderstandings, including those propagated by actress Shirley MacLaine and other proponents of New Age beliefs. Cale clarified that these beliefs are based on misinterpretations and conflations of different historical events and councils, notably confusing the Council of Nicaea with the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 AD.

Further, he refuted the idea of reincarnation through the writings of early Church Fathers like Origen, Tertullian, and others. These figures, he noted, were explicitly critical of reincarnation, underscoring the Church’s consistent stance against it. He emphasized that their writings align with the core Christian belief in the resurrection of the body, a fundamental doctrine incompatible with reincarnation.

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