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- v. Present participle of laicise.
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Presumably they must all have been adults, as the declaration, on such a subject, of infants, would scarcely, I take it, be collected, even by M. Jules Ferry, as evidence of the success of his great scheme for 'laicising' religion out of France.
Whether it had its origin in a laicising of the irreverent celebration of the Feast of Fools, or in that parade of fools which sometimes preceded a Mystery, it was essentially a farce, but a farce in which the performers, arrayed in motley, and wearing the long-eared cap, distributed between them the several rôles of human folly.
Only the other day, in the Chamber, an ardent Republican member, M. Pichon, made a speech in which he openly avowed the object of laicising the schools to be the destruction of religion.
Now you see why the laicising Republicans are so anxious to shake the whole system of the French magistracy.
The church procedure for laicising priests works in parallel to investigations by the civil authorities, not in opposition.
According to the documents, the Oakland diocese had proposed defrocking Rev Stephen Kiesle, but Benedict expressed concern that laicising Kiesle "could provoke some scandal among the faithful".
"In reality laicising would not have stopped Kiesle from abusing, but laicising would have said that 'you're dangerous and we want to protect our children from you'," says Melinda