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Roman Catholics, what is (1)Protonotary Apostolic (2)Honorary Prelate (3) Papal Chaplain. functions?privilege?

I am asked to edit a video - some sort of a congratulations to a certain roman catholic priest. There are 50 of them to be ordained and grouped into 3. a) PROTONOTARY APOSTOLIC, b) HONORARY PRELATE c) PAPAL CHAPLAIN. What are their functions? and what are their privileges? My friend priest falls under the honorary prelate, episcopal vicar of his area. what is EPISCOPAL VICAR?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A member of the chief order of prelates attached to the papal Curia. there are four types: 1. Those who sign papal documents, act in connection with the consistories and processes of canonization, examine candidates, and confer certain ecclesiastical degrees; 2. certain canons of St. Peter's, the Lateran, St. Mary Major, and a number of cathedral chapters outside of Rome; 3. those entitled to the same external insignia as the first class above; and 4. priests outside of Rome who receive the dignity.


    A dignitary having jurisdiction in external forum by right of his office. There have been prelates "nullius" who presided over the clergy and people of a certain territory not belonging to an established diocese. Thus abbots, although not bishops, have had the jurisdiction of a prelate. Such prelacies have been drastically reduced since the Second Vatican Council. In exempt religious orders, clerical superiors, such as provincials, guardians, and priors, share in the jurisdictional rank of prelate. ***The name and rank of prelate may also be given to priests as a mark of papal recognition of their service to the Church.*** (Etym. Latin praelatus, prelate, superior.) ***this would be your honorary prelate***


    A priest who serves a chapel or oratory or is appointed to exercise the sacred ministry in an institution, such as a convent or orphanage, hospital or prison. Also a priest or other sacred minister appointed to serve special classes of persons, such as the armed forces, or authorized to lead religious services in the assemblies of fraternal organizations, legislatures, and other bodies. (Etym. Latin cappellanus; from cappella, shrine.)

    ***or in your case here, appointed to serve the Pope, ie to preach to him or offer him priestly advice. Usually the Pope's Confessor is a different priest.***

    VICAR-GENERAL ( this is the term in our diocese for an episcopal vicar- it's th same thing)

    A legitimately deputized assistant to a bishop with ordinary jurisdiction over an entire diocese. His term of office expires with the death, resignation, or transfer of the bishop. Unless the size of a diocese or diversity of rites absolutely requires it, there may be only one vicar-general appointed. He should be an experienced priest of excellent moral character. The vicar-general may also be an auxiliary bishop. In view of its importance the office is regulated by definite legislation in the Church's canon law.

    Source- Catholicreference,net....and my own knowledge

    Source(s): I direct religious education at a Catholic parish.
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Protonotary Apostolic

  • SC
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    "A protonotary apostolic is a member or honorary member of the Roman Curia... The title of Papal chamberlain (Cameriere di spada e cappa) was one of the highest honours that could be bestowed on a Catholic layman by the Pope....

    " number of changes in the office of Monsignor were introduced by Pope Paul VI's motu proprio Pontificalis Domus of 28 March 1968. Before these reforms, the monsignori or lesser prelates were divided into at least 14 different grades, including domestic prelates, four kinds of protonotaries apostolic, four kinds of papal chamberlains, and at least five types of papal chaplains.

    "After these reforms, Apostolic Protonotaries were classified either de numere or supernumerary. Chamberlains and chaplains have been grouped together as chaplains, a specifically priestly-sounding category. Papal Chamberlains used to be appointed only for the lifetime of the Pope, so that the appointment had to be obtained anew from his successor. Whether this distinction remains for chaplains is disputed.

    "As a result Monsignori are now classed into the following three ranks, in descending order of precedence:

    "Apostolic Protonotaries retained two types:

    de numero (the highest and least common form, customarily only seven)

    supernumerary (the highest grade of monsignor found outside Rome)

    "Honorary Prelates of His Holiness (formerly "Domestic Prelate")

    "Chaplains of His Holiness (formerly "Papal Chamberlain" or "Privy Chaplain" or "Secret Chaplain", a direct but misleading translation of the Latin that is better rendered "Private Chaplain")

    "One year later, an Instruction of the Secretariat of State simplified the dress and the forms of address. Papal Chamberlains were formerly called "Very Reverend Monsignor" and the higher ranks "Right Reverend Monsignor". In the reform this was simplified to prescribe for all the form "Reverend Monsignor", often reduced simply to "Monsignor". Only the Apostolic Protonotaries de numero were styled "Most Reverend Monsignor," the same style as when addressing bishops/"

    Wikipedia is the source, but on this sort of question it can be quite accurate. I am not a Catholic but I suspect only an expert on Roman Catholic protocol would know for sure.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

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    Yes, of course. As a Church historian who who has a MDiv and a PhD from two different Protestant seminaries and has been a professor of early ecclesiastical history in a major seminary, I can say that this is unequivocally true. Knowing the Church to be the one founded by Jesus and the apostles and recognising that Jesus prayed that we all be one in His Church, I converted to Christ's Church about eight years ago. It truly is the Church containing all of Christ's promises to humanity. God bless! In Christ Fr. Joseph

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