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Evelyn Davis wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is the Moderator of the Curia the person to whom, a parish pastoral council and elder church members, should formally express concerns about the mental health of a pastor?


  { Who should we formally express our concerns to if a pastor has mental health issues? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Evelyn —

Thanks for the question.

The local bishop is responsible for any issues dealing with the mental health of any priest in his diocese.

If he is not providing the appropriate support, you can go to his cardinal or higher.

There are pastorally good reasons why this should be done as locally as possible. The main one being — they are his coworkers in the work of redemption of that diocese, not the bishop's next door, nor the Holy Father.

Remember, even the Holy Father has his own diocese of Rome he has to shepherd.

If you still can't get help, check out my Vatican mailing address web page here.

Hope this helps,


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