Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Instruction on papal honors, 30 December 2013, Private.
In response to a request from the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, the Apostolic Nuncio of the United States notified the U.S. bishops of the modifications made in paragraph N.1 of the May 2001 Instruction N.16.846 regarding ecclesiastical honors and the Circular Dispatch N. 17.567/ON of May 2002. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s letter follows.
United States of America30 December 2013
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The Secretariat of State has asked that the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference be informed that the Holy Father, in merit of ecclesiastical honors, has decided that “for a secular priest, there will be conferred only the title of Chaplain to His Holiness to deserving priests who are already 65 years of age; all privileges that were granted in the past by previous Popes will remain.”
In view of the above, paragraph N. 1, pertaining to the secular Clergy, from the Instruction N. 16.846 of May 13, 2001 and the corresponding applicative dispositions, concerning Ecclesiastics, contained in the Circular Dispatch N. 17.567/ON of May 17, 2002, have been therefore modified. These instructions have already been sent in the past to Ordinaries.
Regarding all Honors referring to the Laity and Religious, there is no variation. The customary procedures are still in effect.
New requests already submitted for Papal Honors for secular priests must be resubmitted through this Apostolic Nunciature with the pertinent information and documentation, as in the past, provided that the requirement mentioned above is met.
Grateful for your attention to this matter, and with prayerful best wishes for a Blessed New Year, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Carlo Maria Viganò
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Instruction on papal honors, 30 December 2013, Private CLSA, Roman Replies and CLSA Advisory Opinions, 2014, 19-20.