Bishops: Think Twice Before Taking Psychiatric Advice!

November 2010By Cal Samra

Cal Samra is a former Associated Press and newspaper reporter who served for five years as the lay executive director and newsletter editor of a psychiatric-research foundation that later became the Huxley Institute for Bio-Social Research, named after the biologist-geneticist Sir Julian Huxley and his brother, the novelist Aldous Huxley. For the past twenty-five years, Mr. Sam­ra has been the editor and publisher of The Joyful Noiseletter, an award-winning Christian humor newsletter (PO Box 895, Portage MI 49081-0895; www.JoyfulNoiseletter.com).

The secular press has been in full hue and cry over the clerical sex-abuse scandal in the U.S. and Europe. Many of their criticisms of the Catholic hierarchy’s mismanagement of the situation — transferring pederast and pedophile priests from parish to parish and covering up their crimes — are valid. But, to my knowledge, not a single journalist in either the secular or religious press has had the courage or the objectivity to question and investigate the high-priced psychiatrists and mental-health “experts” who supposedly screened these priests before seminary and before ordination, and who treated them after their crimes and acted as counselors to the bishops who shuffled them around. These so-called experts were the sophisticated folks who devised psychological tests to screen seminary candidates and candidates for ordination — tests that obviously failed. They were the experts who treated pederast and pedophile priests at great cost, pronounced them “cured,” and recommended to the bishops that they be reassigned to another church, where, it was discovered, they were in fact not cured. The psychiatrists simply failed the bishops and took a lot of money but none of the blame. The biggest mistake the bishops made was allowing themselves to be duped by the culture of psychobabble fostered by the news media and Hollywood — which have given uncritical support of psychiatry for decades — and believing the myth that psychiatry is a science. It’s not as if the Catholic bishops were not forewarned. Many eminent Catholic and Protestant writers, including G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Malcolm Mug­geridge, and Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, have challenged and criticized the essentially secular psychiatric establishment for decades. Furthermore, writers of all religious persuasions have expressed concerns about how psychiatry and psychopharmacology were used by Nazis and communists as instruments of state control. It’s high time someone confronted the “experts” who screened and treated pederast and pedophile priests and asked them some hard questions, such as: What is your view of sexuality? Do you believe that pederasty is sinful? What is your view of religion? Are you a practicing believer, and do you believe that faith has an important role in the healing process? ...

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I have been wondering how long before someone mentioned this. Posted by: greyrider94
November 22, 2010 06:13 AM EST
Having suffered from family mental illness all of my 68 years, I started getting psychotherapy when I was about 14 years old and continued on and off for the next 40 years. Additionally, I earned two master's degrees in psychological counseling, continuously read all of the psy. books I could get, had family and marital therapy, and finally came to the same conclusion that Cal Samra does in this excellent refutation of the whole mental health secular religion.

Yet some priests today as well as Catholic lay people and Catholic universities (as well as the whole society) still refer people to counselors to resolve their emotional problems.

I recommend a book by Joseph M. Mauceri, M.D., Therapy or Theology, that expertly explains why psychology became mostly ineffective and deconstructs the mostly errouneous, godless theories that are taught and propagated by most psychiatrists and psychotherapists/counselors today. The solution: return to and live by God's teachings.

Tom Moore
Posted by: buscarlaverdad31
August 06, 2011 01:49 PM EDT
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