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General Norms » Ecclesiastical Offices » Loss of Ecclesiastical Office » Removal
Canon 194. §1. The following are removed from an ecclesiastical office by the law itself:

1. a person who has lost the clerical state;

2. a person who has publicly defected from the Catholic faith or from the communion of the Church;

3. a cleric who has attempted marriage even if only civilly.

§2. The removal mentioned in nn. 2 and 3 can be enforced only if it is established by the declaration of a competent authority.
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