A man suffering from a serious mental disorder should not become a priest. Can we agree on that?
OK. Now the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that an inclination toward homosexuality is a serious disorder. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) says it is not. At most American seminaries today, the opinion of the APA carries more weight than the teaching of the magisterium.
So what would happen if the APA revised its diagnostic manual once again, to say that a severe prejudice, such as "homophobia," is evidence of a serious disorder. Why then those "homophobes" would certainly have to be excluded from the seminary, wouldn't they-- if they aren't excluded already?
But then, looking further into the future, what would happen if the APA decided that pedophilia really isn't so bad, either? (Don't laugh; remember that just a generation ago, respectable shrinks agreed that homosexuality was pathological.) Then imagine that a young man, seeking entry into the seminary, admits that he feels a strong physical attraction toward children, but insists he will remain celibate. Would that be good enough, do you suppose?
Remember, now: the APA sees no disorder in this young man. And the Catechism? Oh, but we stopped paying attention to that view of disorder long ago.
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Posted by: Fr. William -
Dec. 26, 2005 9:52 PM ET USA
May God have mercy on us all... and may He give most of our bishops (we have so few orthodox ones in the US) spinal columns and backbones infused with the Doctrine and Dogma of the Church (and for those who refuse such infused graces, may the Holy Father employ Canon 401-2 for the sake of the Church).
Posted by: -
Dec. 23, 2005 12:21 PM ET USA
The APA is indeed considering "reclassifying" pedophilia. http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=%5CCulture%5Carchive%5C200306%5CCUL20030611c.html So could the church sue all the law suit awardees for a refund? Makes sense to me.
Posted by: parochus -
Dec. 23, 2005 11:20 AM ET USA
Since canon law requires the Ordinary to consult "experts" when examining a "psychic infirmity," where will we find the experts when the "bible" of the profession (DSM-V) doesn't recognize a paraphilia?
Posted by: -
Dec. 23, 2005 10:10 AM ET USA
Thanks Di for addressing this issue when no one else will. The most destructive social force on modern America is the psychological professions. There is nothing inherently wrong with a scientific observation of human behavior, but that is not what these professions have done. They have implemented theoretical world views that are almost exclusively opposed to Christian thought. That our bishops and priests rely on these snake oil salesmen is beyond my understanding.
Posted by: -
Dec. 22, 2005 9:19 PM ET USA
Hey, it's a free country, and outrageous ideas and proclamations aren't limited to Catholic clergy. The difference between our church and the APA is that only one has a Pope and the authority vested in it by our Lord. It is time to get behind our Holy Father, and begin pushing back on modernism and the dictatorship of relativism.
Posted by: Sir William -
Dec. 22, 2005 2:03 PM ET USA
"And other psychiatrists have written, again in scientific journals, that if children can be forced to go to church, why should 'consent' be the defining moral issue when it comes to sex?" Nicolosi said" Ummm - because sex without consent is called "rape"? This justifies allowing a sick freak to use kids for sexual gratification? And we force children to go to school, which is oft more corrupting than any church. Do we need more evidence that some in the APA need their heads examined?