(FAITHWIRE) -- A well-known Catholic priest who has, for decades, been a prominent figure in the pro-life movement has been defrocked by the Vatican.
Frank Pavone, the 63-year-old founder of Priests For Life, a high-profile, pro-life organization, was purportedly removed from the priesthood Nov. 9 with no chance for an appeal.
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The Vatican made the shocking move after charges Pavone is guilty of “blasphemous communications on social media” and “persistent disobedience” in communications with his bishop, USA Today reported.