Religion: Saintly Neurotics

The Roman Catholic Church needs psychiatrists. So says Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Marling of Kansas City, Mo., whose address to the Guild of Catholic Psychiatrists is reprinted in the current issue of The American Ecclesiastical Review. Bishop Marling warns that it is the psychiatrists's scientific knowledge only that the church needs−not moral notions, "consciously or unconsciously imbibed from modern thought," such as assigning too much authority to instinctive drives, negating the power of free will, or overstressing the subjective aspect of sin.

But, with this caveat, the bishop invites Catholic psychiatrists to pay...

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