World Over: Is There a Pattern to the Pope’s Purges?

Edward Pentin, Damien Thompson and Archbishop Georg Gänswein join Raymond Arroyo on this must-see episode of the World Over.

The Pope's Purges

Conservative clerics removed upon the pontificate of Pope Francis. Retirements of conservative clerics at age 75 are included in this list due to the fact that the pope usually asking liberal clerics to stay on beyond normal retirement age. High profile priests also included due to the fact the Vatican likely had a hand in their removal. Partial source for list can be found at Have a suggested addition? Send us an email at
Aguer, Bishop Hector
Bishop of La Plata
Altman, Father James
Pastor, St. James the Less, La Crosse, WI
United States2021RemovedLink
Aupetit, Archbishop Michel
Archbishop of Paris
France2021Forced ResignationLink
Burke, Cardinal Raymond
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
United States2014RemovedLink
Caffarra, Cardinal Carlo
John Paul II Institute On Marriage and Family
Cavina, Bishop Francesco
Bishop of Capri
Italy2019Forced ResignationLink
Chaput, Archbishop Charles
Archbishop of Philadelphia
United States2020RetiredLink
D'Ercole, Bishop Giovanni
Bishop of Ascoli Piceno
Italy2020Forced ResignationLink
Elst, Bishop Tebartz-Van
Bishop of Limburg
Finn, Bishop Robert
Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO
United States2015Forced ResignationLink
Ganswein, Archbishop Georg
Pope Benedict XVI’s secretary
Haas, Archbishop Wolfgang
Archbishop of Vaduz
Holley, Bishop Martin
Bishop of Mephis
United States2018PunishLink
Livieres Plano, Bishop Rogelio Ricardo
Bishop of Ciudad del Este
Morandi, Archbishop Giacomo
Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Muller, Cardinal Gerhard
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Oliveri, Bishop Mario
Italy2016Forced ResignationLink
Pavone, Father Frank
Priests for Life
United States2021LacizedLink
Pell, Cardinal George
Council of Cardinals
Perea, Bishop Pedro Daniel Martinez
Bishop of San Luis
Argentina2020Forced ResignationLink
Pozzo, Bishop Guido
Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei
Italy2019Abolised CommissionLink
Rey, Bishop Dominique
Sarah, Cardinal Robert
Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
Africa2021Forced ResignationLink
Strickland, Bishop Joseph
Bishop of Tyler
United States2023RemovedLink
Tai-Fai, Archbishop Savio Hon
Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
Taussig, Bishop Eduardo Maria
Bishop of San Rafael
Argentina2022Forced ResignationLink
Torres , Bishop Daniel Fernandez
Bishop of Arecibo
Puerto Rico2022RemovedLink
Treco, Father Vaugh
Pastor, Church of St. Bede the Venerable, St. Louis Park, MN
United States2019ExcommunictedLink
Vigano, Archbishop Carlo Maria
Papal Nuncio to the US
White, Father Mark
Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount, VA
United States2021RemovedLink
Zen, Cardinal Joseph
Bishop of Hong Kong
China2022Thrown to the WolvesLink