Pope Francis has removed the priest at the centre of Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal.
In a statement, the Vatican said the pontiff had defrocked Fernando Karadima for “the good of the Church.”
The 88-year-old former priest had previously been sanctioned to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for having sexually abused minors.
In June, the Pope accepted the resignations of three Chilean bishops in the wake of the scandal.
Karadima was found guilty of abusing teenage boys over many years in a Vatican investigation in 2011. He was not removed from the Vatican at that time and denies wrongdoing.
He was not subject to a criminal prosecution in Chile because of the country’s statue of limitations.