10 April 2019

10th April 1958 - Pope Pius XII endorses psychotherapy


On 10th April 1958 Pope Pius XII endorsed modern psychological practices, on the whole, but opposed the use of truth serum, lie detectors, or anything else that enter in against a person's will. This followed years of opposition to psychoanalysis by the Roman Catholic Church. Thanks to the today in psychology history for this date and details.

In a similar way Pope Francis said that he willingly underwent 6 months of psychoanalysis at the age of 42 and that it clarified a lot of things.

A Guardian article said that in the catholic church there is a recognition that social sciences can help unearth issues that need to be dealt with.

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