Laicization is a process that removes a priest from the priesthood. Pope Francis approved Poulson’s “dispensation from all the obligations attached to holy orders (priesthood),” the Diocese says.
Authorities accused Poulson of sexually assaulting a boy repeatedly in rectories at two churches, and alleged he tried to assault another boy at a hunting cabin he owned with a friend.
Poulson, who served the Catholic Church for four decades, received a sentence of 2.5 to 14 years in a Pennsylvania prison.
“Mr. Poulson has now been removed from the clerical state, he is forbidden to function as a priest in the Catholic Church and should no longer present himself as a priest and not be admitted as a priest in the celebration of the sacraments,” Bishop Lawrence T. Persico said in a statement.