Ryan Priestly Faculties Removed
The 82-year-old walked free on parole last month; he had served less than half of a three-year sentence relating to two altar boys.
Ryan had previously spent 14 years in prison for abusing more than 30 boys.
The Catholic Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, Bill Wright, had been pressed to reveal what steps he had taken to ask Pope Francis to remove Ryan from the priesthood.
At the time he was paroled, Ryan was still listed as a priest on the diocese website.
The ABC can reveal that his status has now changed and his faculties have been permanently removed.