Not sure how I missed this back in 2009.
Does this mean that priests who just walk away from their ministry, are automatically laicized after five years have passed? Or that the bishop may laicize the priest after this time at his own discretion? (I realize this would be subject to certain conditions, e.g., the absence of sex abuse allegations or similar charges.)
I don’t recommend the NatCxxxReporter as good reading, however, their strictly factual news reporting is unproblematical, and they do some good work where social justice issues are concerned. The largest church in the United States arguably should have an independent newspaper that covers it, but they have been asked by their bishop more than once to quit calling themselves “Catholic”, a request that they ignore. They could very easily rename themselves “The Reporter — Serving Catholics and All of God’s People”, or something like that. Church Militant handled its own situation in a similar fashion. Just from their names, publications such as America, The Tablet, The Wanderer, and even Our Sunday Visitor are not obviously Catholic.