The Secretariat of State of the Holy See on Tuesday issued a statement explaining the change in practice Pope Francis has instituted regarding the granting of the title of Monsignor.
By circular letter sent to the
world’s Nunciatures, the Secretariat of State has informed Bishops’
conferences that, in the world’s Dioceses, the only ecclesiastical title
henceforth to be conferred shall be “Chaplain of His Holiness”, to
which the appellation, “Monsignor”, shall correspond.
The title shall be
conferred only upon priests who have reached the age of 65.
circular further clarifies that the use of the title, Monsignor, in
connection with certain major offices – where this is a cultural
practice – (eg . Bishop , the Vicar General of the Diocese, inter alia)
With regard to the Roman Curia, no change has been
made either in the titles or in the use of the appellation, Monsignor,
these being connected to the offices entrusted, and to the service
The rule has no retroactive effect .
Those, who received a title in the past, keep it.