It was my understanding that in 2013, Pope Francis suspended the granting of the title “Monsignor” to all priests except for those in the Vatican diplomatic service.
I thought it was still suspended. However, I just happened to read an article from 2017 where a diocesan priest was named monsignor who had never been in the diplomatic corps and had spent his whole career doing things around the diocese like be a parish pastor, be rector of a home for retired priests, and serve for a short time as an assistant in the diocese youth ministry office. The article mentioned that the priest was totally surprised to get the letter from the Vatican about this because the priest also thought the Vatican had stopped naming priests “monsignor”.
Anybody have any further information on this? Anybody know any other recently named monsignors not in the diplomatic corps?