3/2020 – English Summary – Victor White OP

Francis Xavier Charet
A Dialogue Between Psychology and Theology. The correspondence of C. G. Jung and Victor White

The study maps the relationship between V. White and C. G. Jung, as we can see it in their correspondence from 1945 to 1960, and their dialogue over the topics of psychology and theology. In the second part, the author places their thinking in a contemporary context, especially the situa­tion of Christianity, and especially pre-conciliatory Catholicism and the role played in it by tomistic theology.

Adrian Cunningham
Victor White and C. G. Jung the fateful encounter of the White Raven and the Gnostic

Over the story of relationship between V. White and C. G. Jung the author focuses on the main points of their polemic. It deals not only with the issue that most divided them, i.e. the problem of the definition of evil as a privatio boni, but also with other topics such as the thesis on anima naturaliter Christiana, the irreplaceable function of religion for man or the essence of libido as an innate desire for God.

Mary Stefanazzi
Victor White OP: War and the Narrative of Human Flourishing

Study deals with White’s perspective on war and narrative of human flourishing. White commends the findings of Jung’s analytical psychology, to the attention of believers and unbelievers, because it provides a psychological understanding and a deep appreciation of the healing potential of classical theology as understood by Aquinas. Working from two different methodologies, the collaboration between Jung and White enabled conflicts in understanding to come to light.

Victor White OP
St. Thomas Aquinas and Jung’s Psychology

The study is White’s reaction to W. P. Witcutt’s book Catholic Thought and Modern Psychology. It justifies the practical function of Jung’s psychology and its clinical dimension, its rediscovery of tra­di­tion­al principles of soul care, in which it suitably complements the Aristotelian and Tomistic approach.

Victor White OP
Psychotherapy and Ethics

The text examines the role played by the personality of a psychologist, religious beliefs and ethics in the process of psychotherapy. It draws a line between what a priest can offer and what a psychologist can offer. White justifies the principles of Jungian therapy, which from his point of view best correspond to the spiritual needs of a man, and encourages to a deeper dialogue of psychology and theology.

Victor White OP
Modern Psychology and the Function of Symbolism

The author draws on considerations of liturgy as the material setting of sacred acts intended primarily to strengthen a man as a participant. It is given with the function of the symbol and its psychological function, especially in the Jungian conception. This complements the teachings of Thomas Aquinas.

Victor White OP
Jung on Job

The text is White’s review of C. G. Jung’s Answer to Job, which summarizes Jung’s reflections on the biblical image of God the Father. In it, White fundamentally disputes Jung’s understanding of the nature of evil, his philosophically inconsistent approach, and accuses him of damaging the possibility of dialogue between Christian theology and psychology.

Victor White OP
Dogma and Mental Health

White’s late text is a lecture on the theologians’ distrust of psychology and the need for real dialogue. It shows how Jungian psychology, for all its reservations, is open to the stimuli offered by theology, how its intuition approaches Catholic dogma, and how mutual exchange could enrich both sides.