Amherst, NY (WIVB) - A controversial former priest spoke to Catholics in Buffalo on Sunday, December 2.
Roy Bourgeois shared what he thinks it will take to fix the sex abuse crisis in the Church.
Bourgeois was dismissed from the priesthood in 2012 for his outspoken support for women to join the priesthood.
Since that time, he has been seen as controversial for his beliefs on how to address the recent sex abuse crisis not just in Buffalo, but nationwide.
Bourgeois spoke to dozens of people at the Center for Tomorrow on UB's North Campus.
"We're in crisis and if the church does not change and start treating women as equals and allowing priests to marry, it will drift off into irrelevance," said Bourgeois.
He said when it comes to the sex abuse scandal - change should start in the seminary.
Bourgeois' speech was part of the Call to Action of Upstate New York's Speaker Tour. He will be traveling throughout the state to cities such as Rochester and Syracuse and giving speaches.
Some Catholics say it will take the laity and Catholics working together to create change in the church.