Evaluation of Accusations Against Priests and Religious

We have extensive experience in evaluating accusations against priests, causes of false accusations and in assisting priests in addressing conflicts in those to whom they minister.

The Justice for Priests new publication to help accused priests is an excellent resource.

Manual of Self Defense

Evaluation of Conflicts in Self-Giving

Growth in Affective Maturity in Seminarians

Pope John Paul II in Pastores Dabo Vobis, n. 43, wrote: “Affective maturity, which is the result of an education in true and responsible love, is a significant and decisive factor in the formation of candidates for the priesthood.”

Dr. Fitzgibbons has given conferences on growth in affective maturity to seminarians, to the spiritual formation teams of one eastern and two midwest seminaries and to the spiritual directors of American seminaries at the 2003 annual meeting at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.

Dr. Fitzgibbons also has extensive experience in the evaluation of candidates for the priesthood and religious life. Measures are used to evaluate the most prevalent emotional conflicts of anxiety, anger, sadness and confidence weaknesses (Kessler R.C., 2005). In depth interviews compliment the testing in identifying strengths and emotional weaknesses. Then, when indicated, we recommend that the candidate try to grow in certain virtues, which can help in the resolution of emotional pain and character weaknesses (see Character Strengths and Virtues). We also suggest that they address them with a spiritual director.

The most common emotional conflicts which lead young men to consider leaving seminary are selfishness, the fear of loneliness in the future, weaknesses in male confidence. Programs which address these specific issues could resolve these conflicts and strengthen the emotional health of seminarians.  An article on the identification and resolution of loneliness can be helpful to these young men in regard to their fear of loneliness (article in Adobe PDF format).

Finally, the 2006 Vatican document on candidates for the seminary should be helpful in protecting the Church also.  Dr. Fitzgibbons’ Zenit interview on this document are available at

Our mission is to strengthen Catholic marriages and families by educating spouses, marital therapists and clergy about common causes of conflicts in marital self-giving and effective approaches to alleviating such conflicts. 

Our mission is to strengthen families by educating parents about common causes of emotional and behavioral conflicts in children and by providing effective approaches to alleviating such conflicts. 

Dr. Fitzgibbons has coauthored the second edition of a textbook on the treatment on excessive anger in adult and child psychiatric disorders in the field of positive psychology for American Psychological Association Books, Forgiveness Therapy: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope.