Poznan, Poland, Sep 18, 2018 / 17:00 pm
Increasing the role of women in screening and training priests is among the steps that should be taken to prevent future sex abuse, said Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
"We would need participation of more women in (training) of priests," the Canadian cardinal told reporters at a recent meeting of the Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe, a four-day assembly in Poznan, Poland.
He said bishops need to be chosen more carefully and that women should have more involvement in the selection of potential priests by assessing candidates' suitability.
"We are facing a crisis in the life of the Church," he said. "This is a very serious matter that has to be dealt with in a spiritual way, not only in a political way."