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

Denver, Colo., | Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was laicized this week, after he was found guilty of sexual abuse and other canonical crimes. But what does it mean to be “laicized,” “defrocked,” or “dismissed from the clerical state?” Ordination, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “confers a gift of the Holy Spirit that permits the… Read more »