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The figures come after the Vatican said earlier this year that nearly 400 priests were defrocked worldwide in 2011 and 2012 by the former pope over claims of child abuse.
The maximum penalty for a priest convicted by a church tribunal is essentially losing his job: being defrocked, or removed from the clerical state.
Scicluna said the numbers for most years are made up of about 50 percent by priests who were actively defrocked and the rest by those who had asked to leave the priesthood after they "admit their crimes".
More than 30 Thai monks have been defrocked for illegal drug use, an official said Wednesday, in the latest scandal to hit the kingdom's Buddhist clergy.
The Catholic Church's crisis began in Boston in 2002 when media began reporting how cases of abuse were systematically covered up and abusive priests shuttled from parish to parish instead of being defrocked and handed over to civil authorities.
Graves was suspended from active ministry in the 1990s and officially defrocked by the Vatican in 2006 because of abuse allegations.
Two old divas - Mrs Brown and a defrocked Lily Savage.
1 Which crime series threw together two brothers - one an upwardly mobile villain, the other a defrocked Catholic priest - as owners of a dance hall?
He then received five more years' probation after pleading guilty to indecent assault and other charges stemming from a different case and was defrocked in 2006.
The distinction between Gravel's priestly status and his exercise of priestly ministry may satisfy a canon lawyer, but 90 per cent of the faithful (and the public) will understand simply that a notorious gay-activist priest, who has not been defrocked, is running for office without public opposition from the Church.
He was defrocked by the presbytery in Cincinnati and relieved of his duties, his job, and his congregation in a humiliating display of self-righteousness by the presbytery and betrayal by some individuals in his congregation.
The results are as wickedly wonderful as the writings of the defrocked 13th century Bavarian monks whose bawdy poems the music is based upon.
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- deform one’s character
- defray expenses
- defray in advance
- defray the cost
- defying lawful authority
- degraded person
- degree of importance
- degree of kinship
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