Cooperation of Priests and Psychiatrists in Restoring Health Cover Image

Współpraca kapłana i psychiatry w celu przywrócenia zdrowia człowieka
Cooperation of Priests and Psychiatrists in Restoring Health

Author(s): Piotr Pietkiewicz
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Social Sciences, Theology and Religion
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: mental health; spiritual health; psychiatrist; priest; diagnostic tests

Summary/Abstract: We can divide various of attitudes concerning human mental illnesses into three basic categories: firstly, only priests dealt with it; secondly, their role is denied and omitted; and thirdly, medicine and theology co-operate together. The diagnostic tests made by the author have shown the need for cooperation between doctors dealing with mental health issues and priests taking care of spiritual health. A psychiatrist should not replace a priest or vice versa. Each, within the limits of his competences, should fulfil the role for which he has a vocation. The priest should take care of a patient’s spiritual life thanks to which a person forms his relationship with God, whereas psychiatrist should care for psychophysical life, in which the brain and the nervous system direct all life functions.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 133-136
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Polish