My name is Marshall Fightlin. I am a licensed psychologist at the
Master’s level and have over thirty years experience as a therapist,
working with adults and children, married couples and families. I also
have significant experience as a contract psychologist for the federal
prison system, and as an examiner of applicants for Social Security
Disability. Originally from Connecticut, I moved to Minnesota in 1985,
and have been in private practice as a psychologist licensed in that
State since 1987. I am presently a staff psychologist with a Christian-based
mental health clinic in Duluth, Minnesota.
I have taught psychology
courses in a program for working adults at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth.
I have published numerous
articles in national and international journals related to marriage
and family life. To read several of them,
I have been a speaker at conferences, both regional
and national, sponsored by organizations such as Connecticut
Right-to-Life and International Birthright.
I have appeared on
numerous radio call-in and talk shows, defending the Catholic
viewpoint on issues such as sex education and contraception, and have
also appeared on television, including a debate with the president of
Connecticut Planned Parenthood League.
to my degrees in psychology and counseling, I have a Master’s degree
in Theology, from Saint Paul’s University in Ottawa, which is a
Pontifical Institute. I also have an STL from that same University,
which qualifies me to teach in a Catholic seminary. I have taught both
in the Religious Studies Department of St. Mary’s University in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in the Theology Department and Psychology
Department of Holy Apostles College, in Cromwell, CT.
As a psychologist who is a Catholic, I bring my faith to my work. Each
psychologist practices his art from a certain perspective, a view of
the human person, of marriage and of the family. My perspective is
Catholic. My practice of psychology is shaped, in part, by the
1. The human person is an embodied spirit. He has
been endowed with an intellect, by which he can know truth, and a
will, by which he can make free choices and give himself to others
2. A person’s behavior is determined partly by genetic endowment
(“nature”), partly by early childhood experiences (“nurture”), but
also partly by free choice.
3. I believe that sex is sacred and is essentially an expression of
the marital commitment already made. Any use of sex outside of a
marital context is destructive of both parties. I further believe
that the sacredness of sex and of the body necessarily includes the
fertility potential. I promote NFP as a unique way of safeguarding
that sacredness in the context of family planning.
4. I am committed to the concept of the sanctity of human life from
the first moment of fertilization to the moment of natural death.