When can a priest/bishop/cardinal be removed from his ministry?


#1

Just wondering if the Church has outlined anything on this matter. E.g. of a priest sexually assaults someone, will he be removed from ministry? What level of a crime/what crimes result in a priest being removed? I realized we’re all called to forgiveness and we can still forgive clerics without maintaining them in ministry positions. Where do they go when they can no longer say mass/do ministry? What usually happens?


#2

A bishop or religious superior can remove a priest from active ministry. The pope can remove a bishop. We have, unfortunately, seen this happen a number of times recently. A suspended priest is usually forbidden to say Mass publicly or wear clerical clothing in public. They are usually sent somewhere private for penance and prayer.


#3

Or, if allegations are found to be truthful, defrocked.


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