Convicted pedophile Donald McGuire has been expelled from the Jesuits. “Defrocked” is the going term, which he is for all practical purposes. No more ministry, no more membership in worldwide organization.
Defrocking has been advocated by bishops in recent years as a means of punishing clergy found to have abused children, but it’s not a simple procedure. Priests who do not voluntarily leave the cloth — as McGuire did not — must be forced out by official order from the Vatican.
However, expulsion automatically means suspension from priestly functions. He lost his “faculties” worldwide, as the term used to be. But in the Catholic scheme of things, was he laicized? That is, reduced to the lay state, again as matters used to be stated?
Probably, almost certainly, in fact. But the term “laicized” deserves to be part of any official statement. If it were, the papers would use it. Why isn’t it?