More on laicizing a bishop

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: Regarding your recent post about finding a public way to laicize a bishop –, there used to be one.

The old Roman Pontifical has a whole series of rituals for “degrading” clerics. I like the part where the bishop’s gloves are removed.Then scrape off the oil with a knife or a piece of glass!  Next scrape the head.  Then take off his shoes!


A: Goodness, you’re right! The former pontifical indeed included public rituals of degradation for a bishop, a priest, a deacon, a subdeacon, an acolyte, an exorcist, a lector, a porter, and from tonsure.

The most recent edition of the previous pontifical dates to 1962. Those rites were never revised after the Second Vatican Council.