Many churches have acquiesced to the medical model and clergy are trained to refer people with serious emotional problems to the “professionals” because it is primarily a medical issue.(“You are not trained to fix a broken leg; neither are you trained to treat the mentally ill.”)”The ‘mentally ill’ need the Church.” Yes indeed! For too long too many in the church have sent them away. The church ought to be in the forefront of showing mercy, kindness, compassion. Perhaps others outside of the Roman Catholic Church will pay attention to this conference and begin to wake up.