Pope Francis acknowledged years ago he underwent what was probably psychoanalysis. Recently it has appeared in the news as if he kept this a secret which he did not. Critics, especially Catholic ones, are on his case implying he is not fit for his job.
All this goes back to the history of Catholic antipathy toward Sigmund Freud. We know the Catholic Church started institutions which come under the heading of research universities. No doubt all of their psychology departments teach Freud as a legitimate history of the field. Why, then, does the institutional church treat him as the enemy?
The path from past to present on Freud is murky but for one fact, Freud disliked religion and the church. He wrote about his dislike of them. The Catholic Church responded by demonizing the entire field of psychiatry.
It is popular among believers to point out the hospitals and other helpful institutions churches have started. It is unpopular to point to the harm done.
It is not only the Catholic branch of Christianity that has done this. Lots of the right wing Protestant branch is on board, too. Several years ago I watched a former singer and personality from Pat Robertson’s 700 Club talk of her struggle with depression. She lauded the psychiatric care she had received. She has never returned to the program. My guess is her thinking on psychiatry is unwanted.
My hope is the Catholic Church can find less harmful forms of demonism in the future.