Edit: defrocked doesn’t really mean much. I’d expect they’re suspending him a divinis, and so it’s a wonder, since that’s usually reserved for intransigents who believe that sodomy is a grave sin, like the late Bishop Rogelio Plan , who was shut out of his episcopal residence without warning and basically thrown on the street by the Gang of Mercy. He didn’t get a cushy retirement home in Kansas a reasonable drive from a large metropolitan area and a few blocks from a Catholic grade school like Uncle Ted.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday.
McCarrick, 88, is the highest-ranking churchman to be laicized, as the process is called. It means he can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments or be addressed by any religious title.
The scandal swirling around him was particularly damning to the church's reputation in the eyes of the faithful because it apparently was an open secret that he slept with adult seminarians. Francis removed McCarrick as a cardinal in July after a U.S. church investigation determined that an allegation he fondled a teenage altar boy in the 1970s was credible.