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When a Priest Struggles: Obstacles to Getting Help

9May

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Dr. Peter Kleponis Dr. Peter Kleponis

Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D., SATP-C is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and Assistant Director of Comprehensive Counseling Services in Conshohocken, PA. He holds an M.A. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in General Psychology. Dr. Kleponis has over 18 years of professional experience working with individuals, couples, families and organizations. He specializes in marriage & family therapy, pastoral counseling, and pornography/sexual addiction recovery.

He is Certified in the Diagnosisand Treatment of Sexual Addictions by The American Association of Christian Counselors’ Light University, by Dr. Mark Laaser’s Freedom Begins Here Program, and by Dr. Todd Bowman’s SATP program.

Dr. Kleponis has been a guest on several EWTN television programs including Women of Grace, Franciscan University Presents, Crossing the Goal, EWTN Bookmark, and At Home with Jim & Joy. He is also a regular guest on Relevant Radio’s On-Call program. Dr. Kleponis travels throughout the country educating people on how to win the battle against pornography through his Fighting Porn in Our Culture…and Winning! program. He is the author of two books, The Pornography Epidemic: A Catholic Approach (2012) and Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography (2014). Dr. Kleponis is also founder of the Integrity Starts Here Catholic recovery program for pornography and sexual addiction. He works with individuals and couples from around the United States and internationally in-person, by phone, and by Skype. For more information see his website, www.peterkleponis.com.

Comments (3)

Fr. Paul Houlis - May 27, 2016 2:17 pm

So what are the concrete steps that a priest struggling with this should do?

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Fr. Paul Houlis - October 1, 2016 7:01 pm

my comment on May 27’th seems to never even have been addressed. This certainly doesn’t make me feel important. i still have the same questions.

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    Matt - May 4, 2017 11:49 am

    So it looks like they don’t really follow the comments on these pages… I wouldn’t take it personally.

    I think the general advice for anyone applies to priests, too. Priests who have a problem with pornography should do three things: spiritual direction, counseling, and recovery group. There’s a great blog post on here about Sexaholics Anonymous and the information on finding a therapist is great.

    Matt Fradd and Fr. Kilcawley discuss these three things on episode 40 of the podcast. Definitely worth a listen. These three things work when done together.

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