Attachment theory, the Eucharist, Priesthood and Self-Awareness

Hennessey, Roger (2003) Attachment theory, the Eucharist, Priesthood and Self-Awareness. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies, 140 (1). pp. 9-16.

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Attachment theory has identified particular patterns of adult relating that appear to be anti-thetical to the relational ideal of a eucharistic church in which people become ‘one body’ under Christ. While people may be drawn spiritually into unity by the eucharist, they may, as a result of childhood experiences, feel under pressure to remain psychologically and physically separate. Such a tension between coming together and remaining separate is normal in the eucharist, and one responsiblity of the priest is to provide a holding environment in which the tension can happen and be contained. In order to provide this the priest should be self-aware, knowing the security or insecurity of his own relational patterns.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work and Psychology (former - to 2012)
Depositing User: Nicole Ranaweera
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2010 12:21
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2023 15:30
DOI: 10.1080/13520806.2003.11758958

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