Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post Published 9:54 am PST, Saturday, February 16, 2019 In Catholic Church law, being forcibly laicized is sometimes called the death penalty for priests - a dismissal from the priesthood, a status change that is permanent, something that can't even be said of excommunication. Even priests who request laicization are told to move away, and to not divulge what happened unless they have to, in order to avoid scandalizing other Catholics. No working in parishes, seminaries, Catholic schools. Your previous identity is wiped out. At the same time, in the eyes of the church the mark of priestly ordination can never be removed. Something metaphysical changed then that can't be undone. A Minnesota diocesan official who was laicizing a man still warmly reassured him, tapping his chest: In here,you're a priest forever, the official said, a former church lawyer present testified in a 2014 affidavit. The man had abused women, including in the … [Read more...] about Theodore McCarrick was defrocked by the Vatican. But is it justice?