Prelate of Honour of His Holiness

A Prelate of Honour of His Holiness is a Catholic prelate to whom the Pope has granted this title of honour. They are addressed as Monsignor and have certain privileges as regards clerical clothing.[1][2]

Before the motu proprio Pontificalis Domus of 28 March 1968, Honorary Prelates were called Domestic Prelates (in Latin, Antistites Urbani). Those who held certain offices were also granted the title, such as an Archbishop or Bishop Assistant at the Pontifical Throne or a member of the Roman Prelature. The title was retained by archbishops, bishops and protonotaries apostolic who had been awarded it before their appointment to those positions.[3]

The prelates of honor enjoy the honorary title of "Reverend Monsignore".

They are prelates of honor:

  • The Hearers of Rota,
  • The Clerics of the Apostolic Chamber

They are prelates of honor durante munere:

  • The canons of the cathedrals of Pisa, Siena and Vercelli,
  • The Canons of the Metropolitan Chapter of Genoa,
  • The Canons of the Metropolitan Chapter of Taranto,
  • The Canons of the Metropolitan Chapter of Bologna,
  • The Dignities of the Metropolitan Chapter of Catania,
  • The Senior of the Canons of San Lorenzo in Damaso in Rome,
  • The Conventual Chaplains ad honorem SMOM,
  • The Chaplains of the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro in Naples,
  • The Judges of the Tribunal of the Rota of the Apostolic Nunciature in Spain,
  • The Superior and Dean of the Collegiate Church of Prabuty (Poland),
  • The Provost of Canzo (Archdiocese of Milan) 5 years after taking office,
  • The Provost of Asso (Archdiocese of Milan)
  • The Archpriest of the Chapter of Sts.  Celsus and Giuliano in Rome,
  • The Pro tempore Provost of Clusone (Bergamo),
  • The Members of the Colleges of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary, retaining their proper habit, or the Minor Apostolic Penitentiaries,
  • The pro tempore parish priest of Caravaggio (Bergamo).