I am going to begin a study of some of the most absurd teachings of the Catholic church. Before I start, I would like to remind anyone reading this of how convinced and committed I was to the Church. I have a Theology BA and spent all of my young adult years in ministry.
The first one I would like to bring up is Sacramentals.
CCC = Catechism of the Catholic Church (official teachings of the Catholic Church)
Sacramentals are things like Holy Water, Holy Salt, Blessed Objects, Relics, etc. They are tangible things that Catholics really believe hold supernatural power. Most of these things obtain their power through prayers the clergy says, but others like relics (pieces of body parts or clothing worn by a saint) have the power in them on their own.
This concept is supported from passages in the Bible. You can read more about them here: https://www.osv.com/MyFaith/ChurchSeasonsandFeasts/Article/TabId/673/ArtMID/13718/ArticleID/16133/What-Are-Sacramentals.aspx
The thing is that they hold a very similar concept to superstitious items like rabbits feet, voodoo dolls, magic spells, and other things we know to be nonsense. Why do Catholics give them a pass? Because they WANT them to be real. Once again it comes down to the desire to be able to effect this world in ways that go beyond our natural powers. For example, many Catholics wear scapulars, put medals up or crosses (all blessed of course) in order to..... get this.... ward off evil spirits. Hello?
It comes down to an actual belief that there are all sorts of realities that are completely unmeasurable and unprovable. Ephesians 6:12 "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present
darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
Catholics teach that, somehow, power and grace is attached to these real items turning them into actual supernatural power sources. Cool. Yeh, it would be cool. So would most mythological, superstitious, magical stuff. Fortunately, there is no proof whatsoever that there is any shred of truth to it. Thank Heavens! Opps.