John P. Dourley

John P. Dourley (1936-2018) was a Catholic priest, a professor of religious studies, and a Jungian analyst. He taught for many years at Carleton University in Ottawa, his doctorate being from Fordham University. He also received his Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C. G. Jung Institute in Zūrich/Kusnacht.

Professional life

Dourley came of age in Ottawa. In 1964 he was ordained a Catholic priest in the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He then received his Licentiate in Philosophy and Theology at St. Paul University in Ottawa, his Masters in Theology at Ottawa University, and a M.A. at St. Michael's College, Toronto. In 1971 in New York City, he got his Ph.D. in Theology at Fordham. Returning to Ottawa, he served as a professor in Religious Studies at Carleton University, teaching until he retired in 2001.[1]

According to Schuyler Brown, while at St. Michael's College Dourley studied with Gregory Baum who advanced interfaith dialogue. At Fordham, Dourley's mentor Ewert Cousins advised him to read Carl Jung. At Union Seminary, Tom Driver introduced Dourley to the writings of Paul Tillich. Fr. Mooney introduced him to Teilhard de Chardin.[2]

Dourley during his early studies became aware of Jungian psychology. In 1980 at Zūrich he was certified as a therapist, receiving the Diploma given to Jungian analysts. In Ottawa he then started his private practice as a clinical therapist. "John... was one of the founding analysts of the first Canadian training program... of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts (OAJA). His analysands spoke of his compassion, wisdom, and presence."[3] A Toronto publisher "founded in 1980 to promote the understanding and practical application of the work of C. G. Jung" accepted Dourley's manuscript for its seventh book.[4]

Among his teaching opportunities, Dourley gave the Marston LaFrance Fellowship Lecture at Carleton University in 1989.[5] At the plenary sessions during gatherings of the International Association for Analytical Psychology he gave lectures, e.g., at Barcelona 2004, Cape Town 2007, Montreal 2010, and Copenhagen 2013. He aired his interpretive views of Jung at Cambridge and at Yale. In 2012 he gave a paper at the 2d European Conference on Analytical Psychology in St. Petersburg, Russia.[6]

His first book derived from his Ph.D. dissertation on two theologians: Paul Tillich (1886-1965) and Bonaventure (1221-1274). Dourley is author of many books and articles, chiefly regarding mysticism and the religious and philosophical implications inherent in the psychology of C. G. Jung (1875-1961).

The books were attractive to many and challenging to others, radical as they were in the face of patriarchy and conventional theology. Like Jung, John felt compelled to write, to communicate his understanding of Jung’s message to the world. I’m bitten by this, he said, and I have to keep on writing. He was writing to the day he died.[7]


  • Paul Tillich and Bonaventure: An evaluation of Tillich's claim to stand in the Augustinian-Franciscan tradition (Leiden: Brill Academic 1975), 213 pages.
  • Psyche as Sacrament: A comparative study of C.G. Jung and Paul Tillich (Toronto: Inner City 1981), 128 pages. ISBN 0-919123-06-6.
  • The Illness that We are: A Jungian critique of Christianity (Toronto: Inner City 1984), 128 pages. ISBN 0-919123-16-3.
  • Love, Celibacy and the Inner Marriage (Toronto: Inner City 1987), 128 pages. ISBN 0-919123-28-7.
  • The Goddess, Mother of the Trinity. A Jungian implication (Lewiston: Edwin Mellen 1990), 112 pages.
  • A Strategy for a Loss of Faith. Jung's proposal (Toronto: Inner City 1992), 144 pages. ISBN 0-919123-57-0.
  • Jung and the Religious Alternative. The rerooting (Lewiston: Edwin Mellen 1995), 329 pages.
  • The Intellectual Autobiography of a Jungian theologian (Lewiston: Edwin Mellen 2006), 122 pages.
  • Paul Tillich, Carl Jung and the Recovery of Religion (Hove: Routledge 2008), 208 pages
  • On behalf of the Mystical Fool: Jung on the religious situation (Hove: Routledge 2010), 272 pages.
  • Jung and his Mystics. In the end it all comes to nothing (Hove: Routledge 2014), 213 pages.
  • "Jung and metaphysics: A dubious distinction" in Pastoral Sciences (Ottawa: St. Paul University 1993), v. 12, pp. 15-24.
  • "The religious implications of Jung's psychology" in The Journal of Analytical Psychology (Routledge 1995), v. 40/2, pp. 177-204.
  • "Jacob Boehme and Paul Tillich on Trinity and God: Similarities and differences" in Religious Studies (Dec. 1995), v. 31/4, pp. 429-445.
  • "Bringing up Father: C. G. Jung on history as the education of God" in The European Legacy (1999), v. 4/2, pp. 54-68.
  • "Archetypal Hatred as Social Bond: Strategies for its dissolution" in John Beebe, editor, Terror, Violence and the Impulse to Destroy: Perspectives from Analytical Psychology (Einseideln: Daimon Verlag 2003), pp. 135-160.
  • "Jung, Mysticism and the double Quaternity: Jung and the psychic origin of religious and mystical experience" in Harvest (2004), v. 50/1, pp. 60-64, 47-74.
  • "Jung's equation of the ground of being with the ground of the psyche" in The Journal of Analytical Psychology (Routledge 2011), v. 56/4, pp. 514-531.


  1. ^ Rosemary Murray-Lachapelle, "Fr. John Dourley 1936-2018" (2018).
  2. ^ Schuyler Brown, 'Book review' (2009) at University of Toronto Quarterly.
  3. ^ Murray-Lachapelle, "Fr. John Dourley 1936-2018" (2018): Diploma, quote.
  4. ^ The Psyche as Sacrament (Inner City Books 1981), p.4 quote.
  5. ^ The Journal of Analytical Psychology (Routledge 1995), v.40, p.177.
  6. ^ Jung and his Mystics (2014), p.194.
  7. ^ Murray-Lachapelle, "Fr. John Dourley 1936-2018" (2018): books, quote.
  8. ^ Three titles have been priced very high: The Goddess (1990) at $282 and The Intellectual Autobiography (2006) at $282 (Amazon Canada); and Jung and the Religious Alternative (1995) at $1695 new, $900 used ( Dated 11 Nov. 2019.

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