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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