"The Church continues to place the highest value on the work of priestly formation, because it is linked to the very mission of the Church, especially the evangelization of humanity: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28:19). (Program of Priestly Formation, Introduction)
Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in Seminary Admissions
These guidelines were developed and approved by the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, under the leadership of Chairman Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. It was authorized for publication by the Administrative Committee in March 2015.
This document aims to support the implementation of the directives contained in the Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in the Admission and Formation of Candidates for the Priesthood, issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education in June 2008, and the pertinent sections of the Program of Priestly Formation, 5th edition. These guidelines are intended to assist bishops, major superiors, and seminary rectors when developing policies on the use of psychological evaluations for seminary admissions.
Program of Priestly Formation, 5th edition,(PPF) was developed by the USCCB Committee on Priestly Formation. It was approved by the full body of bishops at the June 2005 General Assembly and received the subsequent recognitio of the Holy See.
The Committee for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is responsible for promoting, implementing and updating the PPF. Now in its 5th edition, the PPF stands as the Ratio institutionis sacerdotalis for the United States to be observed in seminaries for the formation of priests.
The PPF sets forth the nature and mission of the ministerial priesthood, norms for the admission of candidates, norms for the formation of candidates and norms for the governance and administration of seminaries.