Important note: If you are struggling with scrupulosity, please seek professional help through a therapist/psychologist/spiritual director. This site will not serve as a replacement to professional help.

The Scrupulous Catholic Podcast Trailer

The Scrupulous Catholic Podcast (Click Icon Below to Listen to Episodes):

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Recommended Web Resources: (Scrupulous Anonymous Newsletter) (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) (Scruples and Their Treatment by Fr. William Doyle) (Understanding and Conquering Scrupulosity) (‘OCD and Christianity’ by Dr. Ian Osborn) (Are You Scrupulous? A Lenten Homily by John Cardinal O’Connor) (Countering Scrupulosity with Fr. Paul Keller) (Fr. Tom Elliott’s Homily on Scrupulosity) (Answers to Questions on Scrupulosity) (Are You Scrupulous? Pamphlet) (John of the Cross for Today: Stages of Spiritual Development and Discernment (Contemplation with Fr. Thomas Dubay)

Recommended Books:

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, By: Bruce M. Hyman, Ph.D. and Cherry Pedrick, R.N.

You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life, by Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding

Brain Lock: Free Yourself From Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior, By: Jeffrey M. Schwartz

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, by: Jon Hershfield, Tom Corboy, and James Claiborn

Understanding Scrupulosity: Questions, Helps, and Encouragement,
By: Rev. Thomas M. Santa

The Doubting Disease: Help for Scrupulosity and Religious Compulsions, by: Joseph Ciarrocchi

A Thousand Frightening Fantasies: Understanding and Healing Scrupulosity and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, By William Van Ornum

Scruples and Sainthood, By: Trent Beattie

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8 thoughts on “Resources

  1. I was struggling with OCD which included also scrupulosity. The healing took some time, but it did happen! Obsessions and compulsion are symptoms of suppressed emotions, PLEASE read something written by catholic psychiatrist Conrad Baars – his texts explained me what I was fighting with and also how to really heal it (you can google information about him and his work or order e.g. his book Healing and Feeling Your Emotions from Amazon). God bless you!

  2. I am so struggling I feel to just give up on sacrament of confession i am just doing it all wrong I can’t get past this. I think I am abusing the sacrament of penance.

    • You have to just try your best and move on. My podcast offers some advice for confession. As well, the Scrupulous Anonymous Newsletter by Fr. Tom Santa should help with this.

  3. I felt bad confessing the same things over again. That became a motivator for me and through Gtace I don’t need to confess that / those sins anymore.

  4. Fr Russell Abata’s books on scrupulosity are a tremendous help and should be read by all who suffer this difficult issue

  5. Another small yet helpful resource is an EWTN Sunday Night Prime episode where Fr. Andrew Apostoli talks about the different types of conscience a person can have, and then deals in depth with the topic of those with a scrupulous conscience.

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