Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of rendering lay, or of depriving of a clerical character; removal from clerical rank, influence, or control.
- n. The act of laicizing
“One knock on laicization is that the church and former priest cut ties, meaning an abuser would be free of all church supervision.”
“Anne Barrett Doyle of BishopAccountability. org said laicization is a strong statement against the priest and a validation of victims, which is important because most cases are too old to go to civil or criminal court.”
“According to Church law, a man who is allowed to leave the priesthood, under a procedure known as a laicization, must receive a separate dispensation from the vow of celibacy from the Pope.”
“Defrocking, or what the Roman Catholic Church prefers to call laicization, is applied rarely, in extreme cases of misconduct.”
“The Vatican's attorney in the U.S., Jeffrey Lena of Berkeley, Calif., has said the documents show the Vatican was not aware of allegations against Ronan until church officials in the U.S. moved to remove him from his priestly duties, a process known as laicization.”
“Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's Feb. 19, 1988, letter shows he complained officially that church law made it exceedingly difficult to remove abusers if they didn't request so-called laicization voluntarily.”
“Mr. Lena, couldn't confirm the authenticity of the 1985 letter, but said it appeared to be a form letter typically sent out in cases involving "laicization," or defrocking.”
“And amid all the ideas and tendencies of "laicization" this protectorate continues to exist as relic and a right of”
“While the force of Philistine fatuity can no further go than it has gone in the 'laicization' of the home of Jeanne d'Arc, I ought to say that the actual keeper of the place seemed to me to be a decent sort of fellow, not wholly destitute of respect for its traditions and its significance.”
“Domrémy is in the electoral district of Neufchâteau, and the elections of 1889 do not show that the 'laicization' policy has given the”
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