Sometimes I can’t decide if reading the newspaper is a near occasion of sin or rather reparation for past sins…
Today, I found this gem in the Post-Dispatch:
Many clergy are in counseling
By Janet Mcconnaughey
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW ORLEANS — Clergymen struggling to comfort the afflicted in New Orleans are finding they, too, need someone to listen to their troubles. The sight of misery all around them — and the combined burden of helping others put their lives back together while repairing their own homes and places of worship — are taking a spiritual and psychological toll on the city’s ministers, priests and rabbis, many of whom are in counseling two years after Hurricane Katrina.
Almost every local Episcopal minister is in counseling, including Bishop Charles Jenkins himself, who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Jenkins, whose home in suburban Slidell was so badly damaged by Katrina that it was 10 months before he and his wife could move back in, said he has suffered from depression, faulty short-term memory, and difficulty concentrating or sleeping.
Roman Catholic priests have not reported any unusual counseling needs, said the Rev. William Maestri, spokesman for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He said one possible reason is that priests do not have wives or children to support and protect.
I just love the “moral” of this story– religion is all well and good if life is easy, but it can’t really cope with the problem of evil in the world, and it can’t provide competent solace in the face of woe. See! These pastors can’t hack it either, and have to resort to mental health professionals.
But, as always, there is a glimpse of just why the Catholic Church is the true Church– it seems Priests aren’t seeking counseling like their counterparts among the protestant sects. The paper tries to chalk it up to lack of families. I think it might have something to do with the Church’s truth, and its emphasis on redemptive suffering.
But, there you go– a little slice of life on the way down the tubes.