Since you have worked within the hallowed halls of the Vatican, would you comment on the revocation of papal honors (e.g. Chaplain of His Holiness, Honorary, P.A.) of priest who have been “removed from the active ministry” for “impropriety”. Are papal honors ever revoked once they have been bestowed? It seems scandalous that a priest who has been suspended should retain the title of “Monsignor“.
In my opinion, these honors should, without question or hesitation, be removed, if necessary by a formal act. However, in the press or in common parlance it might be useful to speak of “Msgr. A” who did B and is now removed permanently from active ministry, dismissed from the clerical state, etc.
It would be interesting to search through a new copy of the 2012 Annuario Pontificio when it comes out to see what some instances may have produced. Every Monsignor in the world, who really is a Monsignor, is listed in this book.
I hesitate, however, to say that any man who is “suspended” should be stripped of papal honors. Being suspended isn’t the same as being dismissed from the clerical state. Unlike dismissal from the clerical state, suspension is often a temporary matter, sometimes resulting from misunderstandings, etc. I have heard of bishops who have launched suspensions like Jovian thunderbolts during arguments, only to rescind them soon after.
That said, I suppose there would have to be something formally published in the official publication of a diocese, such as the regular “Ad clerum” letter or diocesan newspaper.
Perhaps there could be photos of the purple or red buttons being snipped from the man’s cassock. I am reminded of an old rite, way way back in the day, for the dismissal of a priest which involved scraping the man’s palms with a piece of broken glass.
Fitting, if you ask me… and you did.