Religion: Psychiatry for Catholics

A Roman Catholic priest and a psychiatrist have written a book that may solve, or at least clarify, some of the tension between their callings. Dr. Robert P. Odenwald, once a Berlin psychiatrist, now directs the Child Center at Washington's Catholic University. Father James H. VanderVeldt, a Dutch Franciscan and a Catholic University professor, formerly taught psychology in Rome; in 1931 he opened the church's first experimental-psychology laboratory there. In Psychiatry and Catholicism (McGraw-Hill; $6), the authors try to explain each to the other. With a preface by Washington's Archbishop Patrick A. O'Boyle, their book is the most authoritative and, in...

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