CBCP Revises Priest-Training Program

By Cher Jimenez
TODAY Reporter, carried in ABS-CBN [Philippines]
Downloaded July 9, 2003

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has revised the training program for priests to include a continuing formation for bishops to avoid incidences of sexual misbehavior among its members.

Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Imus, Cavite, said the CBCP recognizes that a continuing training should be imposed on seminarians and bishops to equip them with better capabilities to deal with the challenges posed by priesthood such as those pertaining to sexuality.

"This is a long-term solution. There had been revisions to this process since 1995. The burning issues made [these revisions] more urgent," he said during a press conference.

Tagle said the CBCP recognizes that priests' human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral formation should be dealt with by the Church because these are concerns of the priesthood. He said trainings on proper sexual conduct for priests and bishops will be given emphasis.

The CBCP was rocked last year by revelation about former Antipolo Bishop Crisostomo Yalung having fathered a child. Recently, Novaliches bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. was accused of sexually harassing his former secretary.


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