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What is the authoritative Catholic explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are required to reject astrology?

Catechism of the Catholic Church | Divination and magic, 2116 has:

All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to "unveil" the future [Cf. Deut 18:10; Jer 29:8]. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.

The Magi utilizing their Magian astrology, were led Christ.

It appears that the stars have a knowledge, a science.

What made the Magian astrology acceptable, and would that type of Astrology be permissible to Catholics?

Please see this answer also: What types of signs are given by the “lights in the expanse of the heavens”?

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@DavidStratton Thank you for your comment and encouragement. Sometimes it takes a circuitous route: to each his own ... in their own time ... I am still not giving up on the Catholic Mass (- not a fight!). Know you guys are very busy (now I little bit understand as I did my first review). Would be grateful for any help to phrase because it would be wonderful knowledge to share. I will also continue to work on it. Mahalo! –  FMS Jul 18 at 14:13
Very briefly, I'd question the premise here, that the Magi "get a pass." I'm not sure Scripture has much to say on the subject, nor have I seen a Catholic defense of their astrology per se. In Catholic theology, God can reveal Himself however He sees fit. Consider God allowing Saul to speak with Samuel through divination, or Rahab being rewarded for her lies and faith and despite her prostitution. For other examples in Catholic tradition of God revealing Truth through and despite man's own sin, consider Augustine's Confessions. –  galdre Jul 18 at 22:31
@galdre Seen your comments. All food for thought ... I think you are on to something ... –  FMS Jul 18 at 22:45
This question assumes that Catholics find the Magi's use of astrology to be "acceptable." Do you have evidence of this? –  Flimzy Aug 29 at 15:49
@Flimzy That's the assumption you draw not the one the question presents. I will throw it back to you, is there any condemnation in the Church of the Magian Astrology? And in the Church, there is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the LORD. –  FMS Aug 29 at 18:34

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The Magi used their Magian astrology to recognize what was happening now. But astrologers user astrology to find out what is going to happen in the future. Note that Magi's saw Jesus in a house (Mat 2:11) not in the birth place of Christ.

//It appears that the stars have a knowledge.//

Stars do not have knowledge on their own. But God uses nature to instruct gentiles to recognize the birth of the Messiah.

//Why would the Catholic Church require Catholics to reject astrology//

The answer to this is in CCC 2115:

God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it.

That is, future is in God's Hand and humans have no business in there.

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Thank you for such a speedy answer. Rephrasing, is doing what the Magi did acceptable or not and why not? Please keep up the good fight. –  FMS Jul 18 at 9:43
Keep in mind that astrology and astronomy weren't very well separated until a few hundred years ago. The Magi said, "We saw his star at its rising"; they could have been doing simple observational astronomy. –  Matt Gutting Jul 18 at 11:10
Good answer. But I'd add that your answer focuses mainly on the Catholic tradition's explanation as to why astrology is wrong. The Catholic reason for believing it is wrong in the first place is that God's revealed word condemns it. –  galdre Jul 18 at 22:34
To @galdre: I agree. But the question seems to be asking why God's revealed word gave a pass for magis? –  Jayarathina Madharasan Jul 19 at 1:43
@JayarathinaMadharasan May be the case of good religion vs. bad/corrupted religion (like in good science vs. bad science) cf. 'He seems to put his seal upon a certain lawful angelology, and at the same time to warn them against indulging superstition on the subject. We have a hint of such excesses in the Book of Enoch, wherein, as already stated, the angels play a quite disproportionate part. Similarly Josephus tells us (Bel. Jud., II, viii, 7) that the Essenes had to take a vow to preserve the names of the angels.' in Angels |New Advent –  FMS Jul 20 at 0:52

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