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Alabama priest laicized after civil marriage to 18-year-old 

Jan 8, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Alex Crow was originally suspended from ministry in July after he abandoned his assignment in the archdiocese and left the... Read more

Bishop-emeritus Howard Hubbard of the Diocese of Albany.

Retired bishop of Albany who is accused of abuse says he is married 

Aug 1, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

In a statement on Monday, Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger said Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard remains a bishop and his “marriage”... Read more

Fr. Frank Pavone.

What does it mean to be laicized, defrocked, or dismissed from the clerical state?

Dec 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Frank Pavone was laicized Nov. 9 for “blasphemous communications on social media” and “persistent disobedience of lawful instructions of... Read more

Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of the Diocese of Albany

Albany bishop asking to be laicized isn’t barred from publicly celebrating sacraments, as he claims

Nov 21, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard says he is “not able” to publicly exercise his priestly functions, but the diocese says he... Read more


Laicized former priest serving life term dead of apparent suicide

Feb 8, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Robert McWilliams, 41, was about three months into a life sentence for sex trafficking of youths under 18, child pornography,... Read more

Theodore McCarrick.

McCarrick has 'private income' in the event of laicization

Feb 15, 2019

By Ed Condon

Ahead of an expected decision in the case of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, new details have emerged about his likely financial... Read more

Józef Wesolowski, former papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

Vatican laicizes former nuncio to Dominican Republic

Jun 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following abuse accusations last fall involving the apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, the Vatican has concluded the first part... Read more

President Rafael Correa of Ecuador received Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of Surveillance, in his office June 27, 2012 in Quito.

Vatican dismisses Maryknoll priest from order

Nov 19, 2012

The Vatican canonically dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers on Oct. 4, for disobedience and preaching against... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica and Square.

Vatican laicizes Canadian bishop convicted for child pornography

May 17, 2012

The Vatican has dismissed from the clerical state a Canadian bishop who pleaded guilty to the possession of child pornography.  Read more