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'Monsignor' is used for priests who have received certain specific honorary awards or who hold certain offices.

The grant is subject to the criteria of the Holy See, including a minimum age, which Pope Francis raised from 35 to 65 years.

My question is: Why did Pope Francis raise that minimum age from 35 to 65 years?

Also, did Pope Francis revoke that title to priests who have been granted before that new rule and who are, at that date, less than 65 years old?

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  1. To avoid carreerism. Young priests turning into monsignors can get really proud of their nobiliarchic title.
  2. No. Current monsignors keep being monsignors.
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Can you provide any references to official Catholic documents or other sources that support your answer? – Lee Woofenden Aug 7 at 23:35
This is not an official Catholic document, but cites one of them (a letter from a bishop stating that current monsignors keep their title): – Luís Guilherme Aug 12 at 17:42
It also suggests that it's a move to avoid carreerism. No source can be found on that, since Pope Francis did not gave a speech or attached a motu proprio when giving that order. – Luís Guilherme Aug 12 at 17:43

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