Martha Louise, 38, revealed last week her “ability to establish a relationship with the spirits from beyond” in an interview with Stavanger newspaper Aftenbladet
"It is not difficult to contact the dead as well as the angels. We can establish contact at any time, whenever we wish," said the princess according to Aftenbladet.
The princess arranged for her and a colleague to take a course to improve her skills for contacting angels at a facility owned by the Norwegian Missionary Society (NMS
Religious leaders have rebuked Martha Louise and asked her not to do it because such practices go against the Christian doctrine.
According to Aftenbladet.no
(in Norwegian) Kjetil Aano, the secretary-general of the Norwegian Missionary Society said
“I'm not going to accept that contact be made with the dead on our premises!”
"Contacting the dead can lead to a very unhealthy type of religiosity,"
declared today the bishop of Stavanger, Erling Pettersen to newspaper "VG", reported Diario Las Américas.com
The bishop of the Diocese of Tunsberg in the Church of Norway, Laila Riksaasen Dahl, told public television NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation): "
the dead belong to God and must rest in peace, and try to alter that can release unknown hidden forces."
Her status as a Christian and a Princess, the eldest daughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja, and sister of Crown Prince Haakon, motivated the religious leaders to come forward and express their disapproval:
"That is why we have decided to speak out. We must say that talking with the dead is not part of the Christian doctrine,"
stated Riksaasen Dahl.
Martha Louise statements have revived the controversy originated in Norway three years ago, when the princess received widespread criticism from various sectors by proposing an alternative education center
, promising to teach how to contact the angels
and “make miracles in your life”.