Question - What does being defrocked mean?

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Definition of defrock. transitive verb. 1 : to deprive of the right to exercise the functions of office a defrocked priest. 2 : to remove from a position of honor or privilege. defrock. If they leave the church, they are said to be defrocked: their gown is taken away. Although it is still common to refer to defrocked priests (priests who have left the priesthood for one reason or another), the word does not have a generally-used meaning outside of the clergy. A priest who has been laicized or suspended or excommunicated is not to say Mass, but the Mass, if still said, is considered valid. Excommunication is the most severe form of ecclesiastical penalty and is used only as an absolute last resort. Excommunicants remain Catholic because of baptism and still obligated to attend Mass, but they are deprived of all sacraments (except for the Sacrament of Penance). In some religions, priests can date and get married. So yes, for them, a priest can have a girlfriend. For the older Christian religions that maintain a male priesthood, the expectation is that a priest will be chaste after being ordained as a priest.

https://www.vox.com/2016/4/7/11325336/priests-love-therapy

How priests find themselves falling in love. It is true that some priests "fall in love" the way most of us think about that: They meet someone to whom they are drawn; they get to know them; they get physical; they get sexual.

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2019/02/13/abusive-priests-list-what-does-mean-priest-laicize

When a priest is laicized, he is prohibited from performing sacraments, such as hearing confession or blessing and bestowing the Eucharist (also known as Communion). But, laicized priests may be able to marry and don't have to abide by rules such as celibacy, according to the Catholic News Agency..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loss_of_clerical_state_(Catholic_Church)

In the canon law of the Catholic Church, the loss of the clerical state (commonly referred to as laicization or laicisation) is the removal of a bishop, priest or deacon from the status of being a member of the clergy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exclaustration

In the canon law of the Catholic Church, exclaustration is the official authorization for a member of a religious order (in short, a religious) bound by perpetual vows to live for a limited time outside their religious institute, usually with a view to discerning whether to depart definitively.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defrock

Definition of defrock. transitive verb. 1 : to deprive of the right to exercise the functions of office a defrocked priest. 2 : to remove from a position of honor or privilege.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/02/16/theodore-mccarrick-was-just-defrocked-by-vatican-

Laicized priests are still considered priests in the Catholic Church. The defrocking means they are free of the rights and responsibilities of the position. They may not present themselves as priests in their dress nor perform sacraments such as celebrating Mass or hearing confession.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defrocking

Defrocking, unfrocking, or laicization of clergy is the removal of their rights to exercise the functions of the ordained ministry. The term defrocking implies forced laicization for misconduct, while laicization is a neutral term, applicable also when clergy have requested to be released from their ordination vows.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/politics/theodore-mccarrick-washington-abuse-allegation/index.html

The Catholic Church has used removal from public ministry to discipline clergy who are credibly suspected of sexual abuse. It basically means that McCarrick is not allowed to perform priestly functions, like celebrating Mass, in public.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_excommunicated_by_the_Catholic_Church

Excommunication severs one from communion with the Church; excommunicated Catholics are forbidden from receiving any sacrament and refused a Catholic burial, but are still bound by canonical obligations such as attending Mass or fasting seasonally. They are still Catholics per se, but are separated from the Church.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excommunication_(Catholic_Church)

The 1983 Code specifies various sins which carry the penalty of automatic excommunication: apostasy, heresy, schism (CIC 1364:1), violating the sacred species (CIC 1367), physically attacking the pope (CIC 1370:1), sacramentally absolving an accomplice in a sexual sin (CIC 1378:1), consecrating a bishop without

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_McCarrick

Vatican trial and laicization On September 28, 2018, it was announced that McCarrick was now living at the Capuchin St. Fidelis Friary in Victoria, Kansas. The move to the friary was announced the day after it took place.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anointing_of_the_Sick_in_the_Catholic_Church

When administered to those on the point of death, the sacraments of Penance, Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum (Holy Communion administered to someone who is dying) are sometimes mistakenly called the last rites.

https://time.com/2912251/pope-francis-mafia-excommunicate/

The Pope doesn't excommunicate, but people excommunicate themselves by their behavior. Excommunication also does not mean a person is denied from heaven and the afterlife (that's “anathema”)—one's baptism is still effectual, meaning it still carries its sacramental worth.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excommunication

Excommunication is an institutional act of religious censure used to end or at least regulate the communion of a member of a congregation with other members of the religious institution who are in normal communion with each other. The word excommunication means putting a specific individual or group out of communion.