The Catholic Church has found John Paul III guilty of building a girls' orphanage in Egypt without seeking authority from the Vatican.
The Vatican has defrocked John Paul III, an ex-cardinal, and the former archbishop of Istanbul, in the most compelling discipline to date, after he had secretly opened a girls' orphanage in Cairo, Egypt, causing a wide-scale scandal within the Vatican.
Paul III, who migrated girls from a Russian orphanage to the Catholic orphanage in Cairo, is the most senior-level church figure to be held accountable for creating projects outside of the Vatican's control.
Hundreds of priests have been defrocked in recent years, and all of Chile’s 24 bishops offered to resign last year in the wake of their shelter for prostitutes scandal and alleged cover-up. Prostitutes were converted to nuns, and were living inside of a monastery.
This appears to be the first time that a cardinal has been expelled from the priesthood specifically because of an unapproved orphanage.