Teczar Laicized by Pope Benedict XVI

Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth
September 9, 2011

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Bishop Kevin Vann announced Friday he has been informed by Catholic Diocese of Worcester Bishop Robert J. McManus that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, has decreed that Thomas H. Teczar is dismissed from the clerical state.

This is the most severe canonical penalty the Holy Father can impose on a priest. As a result of the Holy Fatherís decision, Mr. Teczar may no longer function in any capacity as a priest. Because Thomas Teczar was a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, Bishop McManus petitioned the Holy See for this laicizationóremoval from priesthood. Bishop Vann joined Bishop McManus in this request.

Complete Statement on Teczar Laicization

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