Role of women in train­ing priests to fight abuse pushed

Manila Times - - World - POZNAN, Poland:

Women should play a greater role in the train­ing of priests

has en­gulfed the Catholic Church, Cana­dian Car­di­nal Marc Ouel­let has said.

“More must be done within the church to tackle the root causes of the lat­est wave of global abuse

said Ouel­let, the pre­fect of the Con­gre­ga­tion for Bish­ops.

“We would need par­tic­i­pa­tion of more women in (the train­ing)

Satur­day (Sun­day in Manila) on the side­lines of a meet­ing in the Pol­ish city of Poznan.

Bet­ter care must be taken when choos­ing bish­ops, he said, adding that more women should se­lect can­di­dates for priest­hood and as­sess their suit­abil­ity for the job.

His com­ments at the four- day as­sem­bly of the Pres­i­dents of the Bish­ops’ Con­fer­ences of Europe come amid a slew of dev­as­tat­ing sev­eral as­sault al­le­ga­tions span­ning con­ti­nents.

Peo­ple in Aus­tralia, Europe, and North and South Amer­ica have charged they were sex­u­ally abused by cler­gy­men and lay peo­ple, in what Ger­man Arch­bishop Georg Gaenswein has called the

“This is a very se­ri­ous mat­ter that has to be dealt with in a spir­i­tual

said, but added that di­rect at­tacks against the pope over the scan­dals

The US Catholic Church has been shaken by the pub­li­ca­tion of a re­port on sex­ual abuse by clergy in Penn­syl­va­nia and by the res­ig­na­tion in July of US Car­di­nal Theodore McCar­rick.

Pope Fran­cis met US bish­ops and car­di­nals on Thurs­day to dis­cuss the Vat­i­can’s re­sponse af­ter McCar­rick was ac­cused of sex­u­ally abus­ing a teenager while work­ing as a priest in New York in the early 1970s.

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