Religion: The Couch & the Confessional

"Psychoanalysis is old stuff to the Catholics, of course. Only they do it on their knees for free, instead of on a couch at $10 an hour."

This easy assumption that the Roman

Catholic Sacrament of confession is an ancient form of psychiatry (or that psychiatry is a secular corruption of confession) is common among Catholics, and shared by some non-Catholics. But the assumption is founded on ignorance: few Catholics know enough about psychiatry and few secularists enough about confession to see the deep-set difference between them. An articulate exception is the Rev. Victor White, a British Dominican, who writes about the difference...

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