Definition of laicize in US English:


(British laicise)


[with object]formal
  • Withdraw clerical character, control, or status from (someone or something); secularize.

    ‘when his priestly vocation no longer satisfied him he had asked to be laicized’
    • ‘Carroll, a laicized priest, has done that too often in upscale magazines and newspapers like the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Boston Globe.’
    • ‘No, I think that under these procedures once a priest is suspended, once - of course, once he's laicized, he's on his own, he's no longer a responsibility of the diocese or of the church.’
    • ‘Talk about returning laicized priests to active ministry is just beating a dead horse.’
    • ‘What would happen if a diocese wanted to laicise a priest but the Vatican said no?’
    • ‘It is up to the bishops to make the decision about laicizing a priest, that is to say kicking him out of the priesthood.’
    • ‘In 2004, the number of accused priests laicized by the Vatican grew, while the number of adults and children trained to detect and report sexual abuse increased.’
    • ‘And a substantial number of allegations were made when virtually no action could be taken because the offending priest was already dead, resigned, retired, or laicized.’
    • ‘I'm not fussy about laicizing a priest so long as he a) is kept away from potential victims and barred from doing priestly work and b) subject to the same civil penalties as the rest of us hoi polloi.’
    • ‘In the 1880s Republicans voted for reforms that created an elementary school system with secular, obligatory, and free education as the centrepiece of a laicized state.’
    • ‘Priests can be and are laicized and forbidden to act as priests - and they should be when they egregiously betray their office.’
    • ‘Some argue that to laicize clerics who have abused minors would be to deprive them of the oversight and support the Church should give them, and to increase the likelihood that they will abuse again, and thus to increase risks to children.’
    • ‘The Ferry Laws, the legislation of 1886 affecting teachers, the Law of Associations in 1901, and ultimately the Law of 1904, excluding religious from teaching, laicized a pre-existing educational system.’
    • ‘Ask any laicized priest, any man who left for the simple reason that he wanted to legitimize a heterosexual relationship in the sacrament of marriage.’
    • ‘This brings us to our second point: he has paid the penalty: he's laicized and has been so since 1985.’
    • ‘Several arguments are made for the laicizing of abusive clerics, even first-time offenders.’
    • ‘Since the Ferry Laws laicized only public schools, Catholics responded to new conditions by transferring their efforts to private schools.’
    • ‘The other person against whom the Garda failed to find a case was laicised.’
    • ‘Dwyer cites a shrinking clergy and the failure to laicize church administration as envisioned by Vatican II, and the absence of a plan for the church in America ‘ten years from now, twenty years from now in terms of secular worldly power.’’
    • ‘He is a laicized priest from Fall River, Massachusetts, whose serial predations were on the scale of Geoghan's.’
    • ‘It said lay people were not allowed to read the Gospel or give the sermon - and laicised priests were not to undertake any liturgical ‘office or duty’.’