Pope Francis reveals he saw a Jewess psychoanalyst for six months

Pope Francis reveals he saw a [Jewess] psychoanalyst for six months

The revelation was made in an interview with sociologist Dominique Wolton

[The Jewish conspiracy theorists will have a field day with this]

by Catholic Herald Staff Reporter
posted Friday, 1 Sep 2017

Pope Francis saw a psychoanalyst every week for six months when he was 42, he has revealed.

The Pope made the disclosure during a series of interviews with French sociologist Dominique Wolton, head of research at CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) in Paris.

The interviews are recorded in a new book, Pope Francis: Politics and Society.

In extracts published by Le Figaro, the Pope said: “I consulted a Jewish psychoanalyst. For six months, I went to her home once a week to clarify a few things.”

Jorge Mario Bergoglio had finished his six-year term as provincial superior of the Argentine Jesuits, and was named the rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel in San Miguel the following year, in 1980.

Pope Francis continued: “She was a doctor and psychoanalyst, and she always knew her place. Then one day, when she was about to die, she called me.”

She didn’t want to receive the sacraments, since she was Jewish, but for a spiritual dialogue. She was a very good person. For six months, she helped me a lot when I was 42.”

The revelation is likely to provoke comment. Although the Vatican never officially condemned psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud’s work faced disapproval from Catholic thinkers at the time. Strikingly, literary critic Frederick C Crews, a professor of English at the University of California, claims in a new work, ‘Freud: The Making of an Illusion’, that Freud was deliberately anti-Christian.

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One comment on “Pope Francis reveals he saw a Jewess psychoanalyst for six months

  1. Posted by Aged parent on Saturday, September 2, 2017

    Francis, when I am troubled I seek a priest, not a psychiatrist

    How nice to know that years ago Pope Bergoglio thought it best to work out his problems by going to a psychiatrist. Had he never heard of priests? Or Confession? Most Catholics I know who need serious advice seek a priest.

    But not Bergoglio.

    This says quite a lot about this seriously troubled man even though the incident occurred forty years ago. His recent actions suggest an untidy (at least) or disordered (at worst) mind wherein all manner of nonsense and false ideas are lurking. To prefer the opinions of Freudian frauds to the soothing balm of the Church indicates to this writer that he was comfortable in rejecting Church teaching for a long time.

    Alfred Hitchcock was once asked if he went to psychiatrists if there were serious troubles going on in his mind. “No”, he replied, “I go to Confession.” But our future Pope had not even that little Catholic sense in him to talk over his problems with a fellow priest.

    It says an awful lot about him.

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