- Jul 12, 2020
“People are drawn in when we express ourselves in a way that is appropriately transparent, honest, and hopeful,” says Robert Wicks.
After recent reports describing clergy sex abuse, Paul Peloquin, a Catholic clinical psychologist and a clergy abuse survivor, shared advice for victims and their families.
A. W. Richard Sipe, a psychotherapist and former Benedictine priest who became one of the country’s foremost experts on clergy sexual abuse, died Aug. 8 at his home in La Jolla, California.
In the past the Church and psychology have not always ‘played well together,’ but clergy and mental health experts meeting in Rome this week are ready to make a change.
Only 29 percent of Americans polled said they pray to relieve stress, a gradual but consistent decline since the high of 37 percent recorded in 2008.
“Empathy in religion is not just an intellectual notion or a feeling, and it’s not just refraining from acting unkindly towards others. It’s also a call to action to show kindness towards others,” said Yudit Greenberg, religious studies professor at Rollins College. “It also implies an action.”