Australia: Catholic priest David Cappo to head national Mental Health Commission – Atheists terrified.
The Australian government are making reforms to their mental health provisions and have appointed Catholic priest Monsignor David Cappo, to head up the new National Mental Health Commission.
This from ABC news:
The Federal Government says Catholic priest David Cappo was an obvious choice to head the national Mental Health Commission.
South Australia’s Social Inclusion Commissioner will chair the group, which is to help deliver the Government’s mental health changes.
Monsignor Cappo led a review of South Australia’s mental health system and provided recommendations on a range of other social issues in the state.
Federal Mental Health Minister Mark Butler says Monsignor Cappo will be the public face of the Commission and its work.
“It’s the work he’s done here in South Australia, it’s also the work he’s done over the last 12 months advising the Government on mental health reform,” he said.
“He’s the deputy chair of the national Social Inclusion Board and has a history of decades working in social policy so it’s a CV that’s very hard to beat.”
Despite Cappo’s extensive experience, Australian atheists have voiced their pathetic concerns:
Monsignor Cappo is a representative of the Catholic Church, a church which still condones a belief in demonic possession of individuals and the practice of exorcism reminiscent of medieval times. This is hardly congruent with the ideological and dogma free approach required to address mental health issues today across all segments of a multi-faith and no-faith society.
We would like Monsignor Cappo to articulate his beliefs in relation to his Church’s long held, and in some areas continuing beliefs, that mental illness relates to the divine and the demonic. Current Vatican Policy claims exorcists regularly consult with psychologists and psychiatrists to differentiate legitimate mental disorders from bona fide demonic possession. This does not inspire confidence.
On this basis, if atheists had their way, Christians would be excluded from all mental health work, because, of course, Christians don’t really ‘believe’ in mental illness, it’s all the work of devils.
In their own minds, atheists are totally ideologically and dogma free; they live in some kind of wondrous objective rational vacuum, free from any subjective bias and prejudice, unlike the rest of humanity.