evaluation that is part of the admissions process is such an inquiry,
it is lawful, provided that the applicant’s right to privacy is not illegiti-
mately violated in the process.
A proper balance between the right and obligation of the Church
to judge a man’s suitability and his right to safeguard his privacy can be
reached if the following additional principles are applied:
1. The motivations for requiring the psychological evaluation and
the ways in which that requirement is communicated to the
applicant are done in a manner that engenders trust and cooper-
ation rather than fear and apprehension.
2. The applicant is able to approach a psychological expert who is
either chosen from among those indicated (when this is pos-
sible) by the vocation director or chosen by the applicant and
accepted by the vocation director.
3. The vocation director observes a careful vigilance that protects
the privacy and reputation of the applicants.
4. Clear policies are enunciated concerning who will have access
to any of the admissions materials, under what conditions, and
the degree of confidentiality to which those persons are bound
regarding the information, including the civil obligation they
may have as mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect.
5. There is a policy regarding retention of records, including after
the non-admission of an applicant or the departure of the ac-
cepted applicant from the seminary.
Role of Psychological Information in Formation
The findings of the entire admissions process, if the applicant is accepted
by the bishop or major superior, are to be shared with the rector and
admission team of the seminary in a timely manner.
The rector may
decide to share this material, including the psychological evaluation
14 CIC, c. 1051, 1º & 2º.
15 These principles are found especially in PDV, nos. 44 & 69;
, no. 12; and PPF, no. 57.
16 PPF, no. 48.