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Pope Francis' Psychoanalyst a Jewish Woman, Book Says

Pope Francis' Psychoanalyst a Jewish Woman, Book Says
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Friday, 01 September 2017 03:56 PM

Pope Francis revealed that when he was 42 for half a year he had weekly sessions at the home of his psychoanalyst who was female and Jewish, to "clarify some things," French sociologist Dominique Wolton says in a soon-to-be-published book.

The revelation came in a dozen conversations 81-year-old Francis had with Wolton, The Associated Press reported, and it wasn't specified what the future pontiff wanted to explore.

La Stampa, an Italian daily, quoting from some of the conversations on Friday, said Francis went to the analyst's home. Francis was quoted as saying: "one day, when she was about to die, she called me. Not to receive the sacraments, since she was Jewish, but for a spiritual dialogue."

"She was a good person. For six months she helped me a lot," Francis said.

Francis then was a Jesuit official in his native Argentina ruled by military dictatorship.

In the conversations with the French author, Francis speaks highly of the positive influence women have had on his life.

"Those whom I known helped me a lot when I needed to consult with them," Francis is quoted his saying.

The pope also speaks of his state of mind now. "I feel free. Sure, I'm in a cage here at the Vatican, but not spiritually. Nothing makes me afraid."

What bothers him, he ventured, are people with straitjacket point-of-views.

He singled out "rigid priests, who are afraid to communicate. It's a form of fundamentalism. Whenever I run into a rigid person, especially if young, I tell myself that he's sick."

But Francis concludes that "in reality, they are persons looking for security."

In past remarks, the pope has indicated he struggled with how to use authority in his first roles of leadership as a Jesuit.

The Catholic Church used to project a sense of mistrust regarding psychoanalysis.

But over time, the diffidence seems diminished.

Updated Vatican guidelines for use on seminaries in training future priests describe psychologists as valuable in assessing the psychological health of candidates.

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Pope Francis revealed that when he was 42 for half a year he had weekly sessions at the home of his psychoanalyst who was female and Jewish, to "clarify some things," French sociologist Dominique Wolton says in a soon-to-be-published book.
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