Congregation for the Clergy, Psychological evaluations and the right to privacy, 12 July 2012, Private.
In a petition for a dispensation from the obligations of Holy Orders for a priest, a Diocesan Bishop raised a question with the Congregation for the Clergy concerning psychological evaluations and the right to privacy. The Congregation’s response follows.
CONGREGATION FOR THE CLERGY12 July 2012
Prot. N. ______
This Congregation has received and thanks Your Excellency for your letter of ______, together with the petition and related documentation for the dispensation from the obligations of Holy Orders on behalf of the Rev. ______. The formal acknowledgement of the Dicastery is enclosed herewith.
With regard to the question Your Excellency raises concerning psychological evaluations and the right to privacy, this Congregation continues to hold that a priest is under no obligation to disclose the full contents of such reports, but may choose to do so. However, any diagnosis should be disclosed to the Ordinary, as this may relate directly to the fitness and suitability of the priest for ministry in general or for particular types of ministry.
In many cases, an Ordinary may be in possession of a full psychological evaluation. In such instances, this Dicastery is pleased to receive a copy as it can be of value in the assessment of the matter before it.
I avail of this opportunity to renew my sentiments of esteem and with every best wish, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Celso Morga Iruzubieta
Titular Archbishop of Alba Marittima
Congregation for the Clergy, Psychological evaluations and the right to privacy, 12 July 2012, Private, CLSA, Roman Replies and Advisory Opinions, 2012, 11.