Tighter screening for Catholic priests
Jason Gregory. The Courier - Mail. Brisbane, Qld.:Dec 14, 2006. p. 9
A LEADING Catholic Church figure has revealed that serious question marks are
raised during the psychological assessments of up to one in 10 prospective
Sydney's Good Shepherd seminary rector and auxiliary bishop Julian Porteous
said testing had become more focused in recent years because of "our recent
history" in referring to increasing legal action against pedophile priests.
Bishop Porteous said question marks had been raised over issues of celibacy,
sexuality and dedication to the vocation.
"There has always been an element of psychological testing but it is more
refined now, particularly in the past five years we have been more acutely
conscious of (our recent history). It is an area that I am constantly alert to,
we expect a very high standard," Bishop Porteous said.
He congratulated the Anglican Church for responding to pedophilia among clergy
in a "very serious and thorough way".
The Courier-Mail yesterday reported that future Anglican Church clergy would
endure tough psychological profiling to weed out potential pedophiles.
Uniting Church National Assembly acting secretary general, the Reverend Glenda
Blakefield, said a psychological assessment process was currently in use.
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