Defrocked for alleged ‘disobedience’ and ‘blasphemy’…

Vatican laicizes Rev. Frank Pavone of ‘Priests for Life’ Anti-Abortion Group

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Breaking news late on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022:

Catholic News Agency is reporting that the American Novus Ordo priest Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, has been laicized by the Vatican. In other words, ‘Pope’ Francis has removed Pavone from the priesthood and reduced him to the lay state, so to speak. No appeal is possible to this decision.

The full article is available here:

We will quote the first few paragraphs of the report:

Father Frank Pavone, a well-known pro-life activist and national director of the organization Priests for Life, has been dismissed from the clerical state for “blasphemous communications on social media” and “persistent disobedience of the lawful instructions of his diocesan bishop,” CNA has learned.

In a Dec. 13 letter to U.S. bishops obtained by CNA and confirmed by multiple sources as authentic, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, wrote that the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy issued the decision on Nov. 9, adding that there was “no possibility of appeal.”

“Father Pavone was given ample opportunity to defend himself in the canonical proceedings, and he was also given multiple opportunities to submit himself to the authority of his diocesan bishop,” explains a separate statement attached to Pierre’s letter. “It was determined that Father Pavone had no reasonable justification for his actions.”

Pavone, however, told CNA Saturday that he had not been notified about the Vatican’s judgment.

Before we continue, a quick side note: On account of the changes made by ‘Pope’ Paul VI to the ordination rites in 1968, we do not believe Pavone was ever validly ordained in the first place. However, this consideration is immaterial to the present issue. The point is that Pavone is considered to be a valid priest in the Novus Ordo Church, and it is from this priesthood that he has now reportedly been defrocked.

Once validly ordained, a priest cannot ever lose his priesthood, nor can it be taken away from him by any power on earth, including the Pope. However, what can happen is for a priest to be considered legally, and treated practically, as if he were a layman again. That is what defrocking accomplishes.

The defrocking of a priest is a rare event and constitutes an extreme punishment. It is reserved for the worst of the worst, such as the notorious sex abuser “Cardinal” Theodore McCarrick, who caused untold harm to souls directly and indirectly.

What great evils did Fr. Pavone possibly commit to deserve such a severe punishment? No concrete details are known: “The communication from [nuncio] Pierre does not specify the actions that led to Pavone’s dismissal or name the bishop he disobeyed”, the CNA article states.

We will hold off on commenting until the actual reasons are provided to the public. We will, however, point out what sort of clerical characters the Vatican has not laicized, or punished in any way, despite grave offenses against Faith or morals (here a very small selection):

And as far as blasphemy goes, of course Francis himself is the Vatican’s chief blasphemer.

The prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy who issued the decision against Frank Pavone is the Korean Lazzaro You Heung-sik (b. 1951). He was appointed to this position by Francis last year and was elevated to the status of “Cardinal” this past August.

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