A previous Roman Catholic cardinal has been defrocked after verifiable sexual maltreatment charges.
Theodore McCarrick is the most senior Catholic figure to be rejected from the ministry in present day times.
US Church authorities said charges he had explicitly attacked a youngster five decades back were tenable.
Mr McCarrick, 88, had recently surrendered however said he had “no memory” of the supposed maltreatment.
“No cleric, regardless of how powerful, is exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else of the Church,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, leader of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said in an announcement.
“For each one of those McCarrick manhandled, I supplicate this judgment will be one little advance, among many, toward mending.”
The supposed maltreatment may have occurred excessively long back for criminal allegations to be documented due to the legal time limit.
Mr McCarrick was the ecclesiastical overseer of Washington DC from 2001 to 2006. Since his renunciation a year ago from the College of Cardinals, he has been living in withdrawal in a religious community in Kansas.
He was the main individual to leave as a cardinal since 1927.
He is among many individuals from the pastorate blamed for explicitly mishandling kids more than a very long while and his expulsion comes days before the Vatican has a summit on forestalling tyke misuse.
Sex misuse and the Catholic Church
The Vatican said Pope Francis had ruled Mr McCarrick’s ejection from the pastorate as conclusive, and would not permit any further interests against the choice.