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Priest abuse
Question from Joseph on 09-18-2013:

Is a priest who is found guilty of sexual abuse automatically defrocked?

Answer by Catholic Answers on 09-19-2013:

Joseph--

I'm not a canon lawyer, but so far as I know, there is no "automatic" laicization. There is a process involved in which the Church determines if laicization is appropriate. That process though was streamlined and improved under Benedict XVI.

Michelle Arnold
Catholic Answers


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