Saturday, January 4, 2014

POPE FRANCIS REDUCES THE HONOR OF MONSIGNOR TO PRIESTS OVER 65 YEARS OLD

According to the LaStampa Vatican Insider Magazine, Pope Francis has abolished the Pontifical Honor of ‘Monsignor’ on secular priests under the age of 65.
Monsignorplural monsignori, is a form of address for members of the clergy having an honorific titles. Monsignor is from the Italian monsignore, meaning "my lord". It is abbreviated MgrMsgr,or Mons.
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There are three honorary awards often associated with the style "monsignor" are Protonotary Apostolic, Honorary Prelate, and Chaplain of His Holiness. These are granted by the Pope, commonly by the recommendation of a bishop. The titles were begun under Pope Urban VIII  (1623-1644).. There were 14 different awards with the title until 1968. Paul VI reduced the number to three.
In January 2014, Pope Francis reduced the titles to 1 only Chaplain to His Holiness. He also announced that it should be granted only to diocesan priests at least 65 years old. 
‘Secular priests’ are priests from a diocese, who are not monks or members of religious institutes or orders. However, those with the title already will not have it removed. 

The Vatican’s Secretariat of State has communicated this news to Apostolic Nuncios around the world and they to all the bishops. For article see:

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