Pope Francis recently disclosed that he once attended therapy for six months to help him “clarify some things” in his life. The pontiff made the revelation during one of a dozen interviews he had with French sociologist Dominique Wolton, the bulk of which will soon be published in a bookContinue Reading

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/our-humanity-naturally/201803/smile-there-is-no-hell-even-the-pope-says-so Controversy erupted this week with reports that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell (link is external). Quoted by an Italian journalist who is both a friend and frequent interviewer of the pontiff, Francis reportedly said that sinners who die without eternal salvation “are not punished” but that insteadContinue Reading

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43098231 Pope Francis has announced the renewal of the Church’s panel tasked with combating sexual abuse of children, in the wake of a fresh controversy. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is made up of eight men and eight women – nine of them new members. Its originalContinue Reading

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/01/16/pope-francis-asks-forgiveness-from-victims-of-clerical-sex-abuse/ Pope Francis, in his first formal speech in Chile, asked forgiveness from those who were sexually abused by priests. Addressing government authorities and members of the country’s diplomatic corps January 16, the Pope expressed his “pain and shame at the irreparable damage caused to children by some ministers ofContinue Reading

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/01/pope-francis-psychoanalysis Pope Francis has revealed that he sought the help of a psychoanalyst for six months when he was 42 and the leader of the Jesuit order in Argentina during the country’s military dictatorship. The pope’s disclosure was made in a book based on 12 in-depth interviews with the FrenchContinue Reading

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pope-francis-encourages-moms-to-breastfeed-in-the-sistine-chapel_us_5873a543e4b043ad97e491ff? When it comes to breastfeeding in church, Pope Francis has a simple message for moms: Go for it! While celebrating the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, the pontiff encouraged mothers present at the service to breastfeed their babies. “The ceremony isContinue Reading

http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/victims-sexual-abuse-popes-visit-recalls-childhood-trauma/ According to one estimate, as many as 100,000 American children have been victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy. Pope Francis has gone farther than his predecessors in addressing the problem: He’s created a Vatican tribunal to try bishops accused of covering up abuse, and calledContinue Reading