Spanish psychiatrist Enrique Rojas, Director of the Spanish Institute of Psychiatrics, believes that the four cornerstones of a person’s psychology are intelligence, will, affectivity, and spirituality. Faith, he said, is what gives a person perspective to see what truly matters.
“I would never tell a patient to give up religion, because religion, when it is properly understood, is never a hindrance,” Rojas said. “Faith is good, and it is necessary. Telling a patient to leave faith aside would be like telling them to ignore culture or work. That is not to say that the church, as an institution, is not flawed. But much like I cannot give up on politics because a politician disappointed me, I cannot leave the church because a cleric disappoints me.”