Vatican City, Nov 24, 2011 / 13:20 pm
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect for the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, said that every bishop is required to proclaim the Church's teachings to modern society.
Bishops should be "capable of publicly defending the faith," Cardinal Ouellet underscored. "In addition to the virtues that are normally demanded of a bishop, this capacity is particularly necessary today."
In an interview with the Italian daily L'Avvenire on Nov. 18, Cardinal Ouellet described the involved process of selecting a new bishop which requires taking the opinions of numerous people into account.
"This research provides important elements for ruling out certain candidates and accepting and proposing others," he said. "In some cases, additional inquiries need to be carried out. Altogether, it is a serious process that is normally done well."