I’ve been reading some threads dealing with
persons having psychological difficulties within
How about this analogy?
150 years ago, a physical disease was overtaking
one village and town after another. The leading
lights of the day came up with the theory of
"phlogiston", a substance that they postulated
caused the disease. Their solution?
The city fathers set out smudge-pots around the
city to try to ward off this physical threat.
Years later, when the microbic theory of disease
was formulated, genuine progress was made.
The parallel? Researchers today are looking into
brain structure, chemical messengers called
neurotransmitters and a host of other factors
that may generate psychological difficulties…independent
of a person’s religious beliefs or lack thereof.
The “phlogiston” theory of our own day, I believe,
is to treat some psychological difficulties as if
these are generated by spiritual difficulties.
It’s as if Fulton Sheen were still on TV,
and severe scrupulosity was considered a pastoral problem.
It’s not 1955. It’s 2005. Treat the medical problem
first…or even concurrently…with spiritual solutions.
To do anything less, to me, is a form of blaming
the victim, based on, I’m sorry to say, sheer
ignorance of medical realities. *
There’s a ready made religion for those who think
prayer alone and trust in God is the solution. It
was founded by Mary Baker Eddy and is called
Christian Science. Surely Catholicism is not
This will be my last post on Catholic Forums.
I’ve tried my best to convey a reality that I’m
all too familiar with, and suggest lines of approach
that represent, to me, a *genuine *spiritual response
to people who are suffering…I think to little or no
avail. I give up.