Outstanding assessment by Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons
It is difficult to understand why the Holy Father failed to cite in his recent statement the outstanding, merciful contribution to assist these families from St. John Paul II.
One of most challenging and painful aspects of my clinical work as a psychiatrist over the past forty years has been that of attempting to help youth, young adults and loyal spouses who have been severely traumatized by divorce. Psychological science has documented the life-long damage from divorce, particularly to young males who demonstrate difficulties in giving themselves successfully in school and in work.
The Holy Father’s additional criticism of the Church and her priests of causing harm for these youth by “additional weight beyond what the children in this situation have to bear” is completely unclear and inconsistent with my 40 years’ clinical experience with such families.
That's right. If it weren't for the 40 years of evidence from priests and bishops stacking the demons on the backs of families and children, Pope Francis ideas might get some traction within the ranks of catechized and practicing Catholics.
Who would look around at the state of the world and say to himself: "Gee, I know how to fix this. Let's march in the nutters to say adultery is virtue and silence what is left of teaching the tools for salvation"?
The guy is up against the hand that rocks the cradle.
I wish him a lot of luck.
It should not go without notice that the opposition to Pope Francis' circus is coming from Catholics with impeccable reputations for faithfulness to Christ's Church and the Magisterium.