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date: 07 July 2020

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The Roman Catholic Church is the oldest Western institution. Today, with more than 1.2 billion believers worldwide, it is the largest Christian community in the world. While Revelation in the other Abrahamic religions (Hebraism and Islamism) is chiefly law and social order (Torah, Shari’a), Revelation in Christianity is a creed in a person, Jesus Christ, a young Hebrew teacher, who used to live in Palestine about two thousand years ago, and was executed because of an accusation of blasphemy. That “marginal Jew,” for Christians, was God’s incarnation. Christians’ God is not then a ruler in human sense, on the contrary, he is someone unjustly put to death by his rulers. This has had deep influences on Christian moral teaching and psychiatric ethics. In this article, I will discuss specific Roman Catholic moral teaching concerning mental health. I will also illustrate a few cases in which Catholic moral perspectives may conflict with professional ethical standards.

Keywords: Roman Catholic, Pope, psychiatric ethics, demonic possession, psychoanalysis, concupiscence, sexuality, euthanasia, abortion, Lacan

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