CNA Staff, Nov 23, 2020 / 15:30 pm
When Catholic bishops and leaders share their experiences with mental illness, it encourages other Catholics to seek help and to know that recovery is possible, a national Catholic group has said.
In a statement issued Monday, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability's Council on Mental Illness applauded Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska "on his complete candor regarding his recent experience of coping with mental illness."
"Based on Bishop Conley's public testimony, other individuals in leadership positions are more likely to be upfront about their mental wellbeing. They too are seen as capable of recovery and are finding ways to become more effective and committed to ministry than ever before."
"An illness is an illness not a weakness of character," the group said.