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L .vember 6, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Question Corner 13 Q&A By FATHER IOHN DIETZEN NC News Service Columnist 5, Why do most clergy not have psychology, therapy backgrounds? Q. I would ask your advice on finding a spiritual counselor or at least a counselor with Christian values. I have been hospitalized with what was diagnosed as depression, I am a single parent, divorced Catholic with a full-time job. I have been going to therapy to one person recom- mended to me and, while she has been helpful, I am uneasy about a very secular approach to counseling. I have tried talking to a couple of priests. They splriays seem too busy or seem to give some help in tual matters but lack understanding of the real problems I have to deal with. I hope you can shed some light on my pro- blem, and also comment on why more clergy do not also have psychology and therapy backgrounds. --New York A. I believe I understand your problem, In most communities it seems extremely difficult to find what you are looking for: a competent counselor or therapist and one whose procedures are not unduly affected by values you reject. You apparently recognize it is just as impor- nt to have a competent, knowledgeable and wise counselor as to have a Christian one, An untrained I counselor, particularly one who does not recognize his or her own limits, can seriously damage a client's personality, just as an unskilled physician or surgeon, Christian or not, can do untold physical harm. I sympathize with your disappointment that the priests you consulted were not more helpful. Perhaps, however, it was only because they recognized their own limits. Seminary and ordination, after all, do not automatically produce psychological therapists anymore than they produce attorneys, though most priests do everything possible to prepare themselves to be helpful in this area. At least these priests, with whom you seem closb, should be able to help you discern whether your present counselor is giving you the assistance you need and, if not, how you might find one who will. Please ask them to do this for you. Q, You'recently answered a woman concern- ing devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. How can you deny that the Blessed Virgin appeared at Fatima? The evidence and statements of the church certainly indicate approval of this event. --Indiana I I A. I do not deny or even question that Our Lady appeared to the children at Fatima. Because of the evidence and longtime approval by the church, and while I do not have to accept it to be a good Catholic, I'm convinced the events happened, and feel strongly that the message of prayer and i penance for the conversion of the world is valid; It ' is, in fact, straight out of the Gospels. The question to which you refer concerned how some devotions relating to the Mother of Jesus can, and occasionally do, get out of hand theologically and spiritually. The fact that this danger exists, however, does not rule out the possibility that God and the saints, including Our Lady, do speak to us in special ways at special times. A flee brochumexplaining Catholic teaching on cremation and other burial policies is available by sending a stamped, se]-adaressed envelope to Father fohn Dietzen, Holy Trinity Paxish, 704 N. Aain St., B]oomington/  I]l. 81701. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. Copyright (c) I987 by NC News Service KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 1584 811 MAIN STREET JASPER, IN 47546 FRIDAY NIGHT SOUP AND SALAD BAR $3.75 COMPLETE MENU AVAILABLE ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH SPECIAL ALSO SAT. NIGHT SPECIALS 5-10 P.M. EST 3.50 5-10 P.M. 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