"On 11 January, 2019, the Congresso of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the conclusion of a penal process, issued a decree finding Theodore Edgar McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, DC, guilty of the following delicts while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confessions, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power."
"Finally on this occasion, I would like to repeat what was underlined in the communication of the Holy See Press office (on) the 6th of October 2018: both abuse and its cover up can no longer be tolerated and the different treatment for bishops who have committed or covered up abuse in fact represents a form of clericalism that is no longer acceptable."
"I can affirm that McCarrick's lawyers played an active role in the course of some of the interrogations. I underline that after this decree of the congregation, no recourse is possible. On the subject of what McCarrick will do now, I have no information to give."
10. Close of Vatican bulletin with the name of the ex-cardinal
11. Journalist typing on his phone
12. St. Peters' Basilica
13. Wide of St. Peter's Square
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Gerard O'Connell, Vatican correspondent for America magazine:
"This is the first cardinal, he wasn't a cardinal, he was removed from being a cardinal, is the first to have been laicised for abuse of minors. And to go back, you have to go back centuries, somebody told me to the Council of Trent, that is almost 500 years ago, for a similar situation where a cardinal, a former cardinal was laicised, so it is a very big decision, it is a landmark decision in the history of the church."
Pope Francis has defrocked former US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday.
The punishment for the once-powerful prelate, who had served as the archbishop of Washington and had been an influential fundraiser for the church, was announced five days before Francis is set to lead an extraordinary gathering of bishops from around the world to help the church grapple with the crisis of sex abuse by clergy and systematic cover-ups by church hierarchy.
The decades-long scandals have shaken the faith of many Catholics and threatened his papacy.
Defrocking means McCarrick, 88, who now lives in a friary in Kansas after he lost his title of cardinal last year, can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments or be addressed by any religious title.
The Vatican's press office said that on 11 January, the Holy See's doctrinal watchdog office, the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, had found McCarrick guilty of "solicitation in the sacrament of confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power."
The officials "imposed on him the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state."