April 26, 2006

Priests' morale reported high despite hurt, anger at abuse crisis

Catholic News Service

By Jerry Filteau
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The morale of U.S. priests is high despite the hurt and anger they feel over the crisis of clergy sexual abuse of minors, a prominent priest-psychotherapist said at a seminar at The Catholic University of America.

Father Stephen J. Rossetti, president of St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Md., and author of the recent book "The Joy of Priesthood," led the April 24 seminar at the university's Life Cycle Institute.

He reported on a survey of nearly 1,300 priests in 16 dioceses that he conducted between September 2003 and April 2005 to assess the effects of the abuse crisis on priestly morale.

St. Luke Institute treats priests and religious with behavioral problems and addictions, including alcoholism and sexual issues.

Posted by kshaw at April 26, 2006 04:28 PM