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EU bishops’ commission reflects on mental health

January 27, 2017

A working group of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community has published a 32-page opinion on mental health in Europe.

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Drawing upon papal and episcopal documents, the working group discussed the relation between mental health and religion, Christian ethics and mental health, and priorities for action.

“The Catholic Church, for its part, considers that its mission includes the welcome within its communities of people with mental illness and their support, and the constant reminder that, however serious it may be, the disease does not detract from human dignity, but instead calls for special attention and care,” the report concluded.


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  • Posted by: geardoid - Jan. 27, 2017 6:30 PM ET USA

    Curious that nowhere in the opinion is there mention of mental illness in relation to sexuality. I don't suggest the bishops ought to be informed by Freudians or Jungians, to whom sexual ideation or libido play significant roles in mental health, as neither (atheist) Freud norJung (alchemist and astrologer) were especially Christian. But they very definitely were European, with massive influence - to which you'd expect pastors to respond. This opinion could readily have been written by buddhists