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

Self-Giving Conflicts

Saint John Paul II wrote, “Self-mastery is essential to self-giving.” Mastery over emotional and personality weaknesses is essential for priestly ministry. Major psychological conflicts that interfere with self-giving are:

  • excessive anger
  • controlling behaviors
  • selfishness
  • weaknesses in male confidence
  • emotionally distant behaviors
  • anxiety and mistrust
  • sadness/loneliness
  • repetition of a parental weakness
  • pornography and other addictions
  • sexual conflicts
  • guilt
  • weak spiritual life.


Can you identify any of these weaknesses in your Christ-like self giving in priestly ministry?

Chapters in our marital website, www.maritalhealing.com, address many of these weaknesses in self-giving.

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.