The Pope: at 42 I consulted a Jewish psychoanalyst

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When Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio was 42, he met with a psychoanalyst for six months each week. The Pope himself has revealed it in a book that is about to be published in France, which contains the transcription of twelve dialogues with sociologist Dominique Wolton (entitled: “Politique et sociétéˮ”, editions L’Observatoire).
“I consulted a Jewish psychoanalyst,” says Bergoglio. “For six months, I went to her home once a week to clarify a few things. She was a doctor and psychoanalyst, and she always knew her place. Then one day, when she was about to die, she called me. She didn’t want to receive the sacraments, since she was Jewish, but for a spiritual dialogue. She was a very good person. For six months, she helped me a lot when I was 42.” This episode of Francis’ life lies between 1978 and 1979, when he had just ended his difficult experience as provincial of the Argentine Jesuits and was about to become rector of the College Máximo, which forms students who wish to enter the Jesuit Company.

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