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Richard P. Fitzgibbons, M.D., P.C.

  • Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D. Advisor to Opus Bono Sacerdotii

    Director 1988 - Present, Comprehensive Counseling Services, W. Conshohocken, PA  19428-2959.
  • Staff  1996 - Present, International Institute of Forgiveness, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Consultant with Adoptive and Foster Children; 1978 - 1980, Counseling and Guidance Center of Catholic Social Services, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Private Practice of Psychiatry, 1976 - Present.
  • Residence in Psychiatry, 1973 - 1976, Hospital of the University of
    Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
  • Child Guidance Center, 1975 - 1976, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Family Practice, 1970 - 1973, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Diplomat - American Board of Family, 1974 - 1981, Practice.
  • Mixed Medical Internship, 1969 - 1970, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Temple University, School of Medicine, 1965 - 1969 M.D., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • St. Josephs University, 1961 - 1965 B.S., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Articles by Dr. Fitzgibbons:

Accusations Against Priests: The Need for More Justice and Psychological Science, Jan. 29, 2015, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Psychology Behind Homosexual Tendencies in Priests, Dec. 5, 2005.


  1. Reducing Anger in the Classroom.  Fitzgibbons, R.,  Enright, R., & O’Brien, T.  American School Board Journal.  2004   (In Press).
  2. Letter to Bishops on the Crisis in the Church. Fitzgibbons, R. & Rudegeair, P. Homiletic and Pastoral Review. November 2002, 53-60.
  3. Gender Identity Disorder in Children. Fitzgibbons, R. & Nicolosi, J. Lay Witness June 2001.
  4. Le Pardon Comme Mode De Regulation Emotionnelle. Enright, R., Mullet, E., & Fitzgibbons, R. Journal de Therapie Comportementale et Cognitive 2000, 11, 4, 123 - 135.
  5. Helping Clients Forgive:  An Empirical Guide for Resovling Anger and Restoring Hope.  2000.  Enright, R. & Fitzgibbons, R. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Books.
  6. Homosexuality and Hope.  2000.  (Co-author) Catholic Medical Association Publication.  (www.cathmed.org)
  7. The Origins and Therapy of Same Sex Attractions. In Homosexuality and American Public Life.  1999.  Christopher Wolfe, (ed.) Dallas: Spence Publishing.
  8. Anger and the Healing Power of Forgiveness:  A Psychiatrists View. In Exploring Forgiveness. 1998. Enright, R., & North, J(eds.)  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
  9. The Origins and Healing of Homosexual Attractions and Behaviors. In The Truth About Homosexuality. 1996.  Fr. John Harvey, O.S.F.S.(ed.) San Francisco:  Ignatius Press. 
  10. Identifying and Resolving Loneliness in Priestly Life. The Priest . Sept. 1989.
  11. Cognitive and Emotive Uses of Forgiveness in the Treatment of Anger. 1986. Psychotherapy  23:4, 629-633.
  12. Origins, Manifestations, and Resolution of Conflicts in Priestly Relationships. The Priest. Sept. 1985.


  • Lord, G.; Fitzgibbons, R.P.; OBrien, T.: The Measurement of Anger and Anger Related Factors in 600 adolescents utilizing the Buss-Durkee Hostility Inventory with the Fitzgibbons Anger Inventory (July 1986).
  • Rush, A.J.; Beck, A.T.; Kovacs, M.; Khatami, M.; Fitzgibbons, R.P.; Wolman, T.: Comparison of the Cognitive and Pharmacotherapy in Depressed Outpatients: A preliminary report presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Boston (June 1975).
  • Research in Cognitive Therapy with Dr. Aaron T. Beck and Dr. John Rush, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1974 - 1975)


  • Board Member of the International Forgiveness Institute, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Counseling Committee of Psychiatrists and Psychologists for Religious of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (1979 to 1995).

Hospital Affiliations

  • Horsham Clinic, Active Staff, 1986 - 1993 , Ambler, Pennsylvania. 
  • Northwestern Institute, Active Staff, 1980 - 1992, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
  • Fairmount Institute, Courtesy Staff, 1977 - 1980, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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