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July 12, 2010


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will deliver the opening address of a one-day Conference on Addictions based on his recent book, Let the Oppressed Go Free: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction, the seventh in the Shepherd's Voice Series (Basilica Press) written by Bishops and Cardinals addressing important topics from the Catholic perspective.

In this 80-page pastoral work, Cardinal Rigali provides poignant insights into the multi-faceted nature of addictions, including the spiritual dimension of much addictive behavior and the consequent ramifications for effective treatment and recovery. Cardinal Rigali stresses the value of the Catholic Church's sacramental and pastoral ministry in offering effective help and genuine hope to those battling addiction, and compassionate support to their families and loved ones.

The Conference will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton City Center Hotel, Philadelphia, with a Closing Mass celebrated by Cardinal Rigali at 4:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul. The Conference will focus on the interplay between the sacred and the therapeutic dimensions of clinical pastoral care in addictions ministry with individuals and families. Issues of prevention, treatment and recovery will be addressed.

In the book's Introduction, Cardinal Rigali writes that "the contemporary culture so often casts persons to the sidelines, and in their pain they sometimes seek out ways of coping that do further harm to their human dignity. Pastoral experience tells us that persons of all backgrounds and ages can be affected by addiction. The Church always calls us to appreciate and renew our dedication to the inviolable dignity of the human person. This is especially true in the area of addiction."

Cardinal Rigali writes that the Catholic Church has addressed addiction and dependency in many ways, by calling for care for those who are addicted or dependent, by offering ongoing spiritual guidance for those in recovery, and by advocating for greater integration of pastoral and clinic strategies aimed at both treatment and prevention of addiction.

Copies of the "Let the Oppressed Go Free: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction" can be ordered by calling Basilica Press at: 1-888-570-5182.

For more information about speakers or to register online go to or contact Colleen Richards at 800-626-6910. Educational Credit Information for Psychologists: Saint John Vianney Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Saint John Vianney Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Educational Credit Information for Addiction Counselors: Guest House Institute is a Provider approved by NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #634.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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