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He was defrocked in June and is now being held under house arrest per the orders of a Vatican criminal court.
Over the last few years, the phrase "defrocked priest" has appeared in news reports about clergy removed from ministry for sexual abuse.
Ratzinger also said that any decision to defrock Kiesle must take into account the "good of the universal church" and the "detriment that granting the dispensation can provoke within the community of Christ's faithful, particularly considering the young age".
He noted that using a bishop's court to defrock is very expensive, "and then the decision could be appealed to the Anglican provincial court, which in our case, Ontario, has never met in its entire history."
The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Monk Committee on Tuesday defrocked Srel Vanna, a former chief monk at Phnom Bakleu pagoda, for allegedly having a love affair with a 19-year-old woman.
The minutes of a 2015 meeting of the Holy Synod on whether a priest who had served a prison sentence for the sexual assault of a girl he had fostered should be defrocked were leaked because of power games within the church over who the next archbishop will be, said one of the bishops at the centre of the row.
The Ministry of Cults and Religion yesterday appealed to the public for help identifying and locating a monk who recorded a romantic song for his lover and uploaded it to Facebook, saying he would be either fined or defrocked for the infraction when caught.
Action is being taken to defrock Thady O'Malley, a parish priest in Banbury, Oxfordshire, who pleaded guilty to 12 charges of indecent assault between 1979 and 1985 in Birmingham, Wakefield and the chapel at Coventry's Walsgrave Hospital.
Sir, - With reference to "Sanctuary for pervert priest" (Post, May 4) your writer says that the Catholic Church prefers not to defrock Father Eric Taylor so that it can keep a closer eye on him once he is released from prison.
Last night, his family called on the Church to defrock Helen.
The Roman Catholic Church has admitted it is unlikely to defrock a priest who abused young boys.
The programme, Unspeakable Crimes, also reveals how the Vatican stepped in and stopped attempts by Irish bishops to defrock abuser priests on at least two occasions.