Priest laicization announced by Diocese of Worcester

Catholic Free Press

August 26, 2020

Following the Catholic Church’s commitment to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Bishop McManus announced Wednesday that Lee F. Bartlett III has been laicized at his request. He was dispensed from the clerical state by Pope Francis. As a result of the laicization, Mr. Bartlett may not function in any capacity as a priest or be referred to as a priest or as “Father” in writing such as in event announcements or obituaries.

“I ask that all the faithful join me in fervent prayer that Christ may bring healing and hope to anyone who has been abused by a priest or by anyone in the Catholic Church,” said Bishop McManus.

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