In the wake of last fall’s disclosure that some biological females had been admitted to seminaries, Catholic formators, canonists and doctors discuss precautionary steps seminaries need to take.
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Such individuals can’t be ordained, but formators stress the need to accompany these persons with love and understanding.
Despite recent revelations about warning signs the diocese and its seminary allegedly ignored regarding the priest’s misconduct, the diocese told the Register its procedures are adequate.
Robert McWilliams, who was ordained by the Diocese of Cleveland in 2017, was convicted in July of sex crimes he committed involving children, beginning in the year he was ordained.
Students may apply for exemptions if they wish.
While the McCarrick scandal indicates the need for further progress, many significant improvements to improve priestly formation have been instituted in recent years.
Suggestions include database of seminarians dismissed for misconduct and a national audit.