Definition of laicize
1 : to reduce to lay status
2 : to put under the direction of or open to the laity
laicizationplay \ˌlā-ə-sə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
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He was removed from Sacred Heart in Patterson, N.Y., in 2002 after several victims came forward, and was laicized in 2005.
In 2003, laicized by the Roman Catholic Church and an outspoken believer that the end of the world was coming, Horan interrupted the British Grand Prix by running onto the racetrack, forcing cars to swerve past him.
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