Dicastery For the Clergy
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Dicastery For the Clergy

Dicastery for the Clergy
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Palazzo delle Congregazioni in Piazza Pio XII in front of St. Peter's Square is the workplace for most congregations of the Roman Curia
Dicastery overview
FormedAugust 2, 1564; 458 years ago (1564-08-02)
Preceding agencies
  • Sacred Congregation for the Clergy
  • Sacred Congregation of the Council
  • Congregation for the Clergy
HeadquartersPalazzo delle Congregazioni, Piazza Pio XII, Rome, Italy
Dicastery executives

The Dicastery for the Clergy, formerly named Congregation for the Clergy (Latin: Congregatio pro Clericis; formerly the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy and Sacred Congregation of the Council), is the dicastery of the Roman Curia responsible for overseeing matters regarding priests and deacons not belonging to religious orders. The Congregation for the Clergy handles requests for dispensation from active priestly ministry, as well as the legislation governing presbyteral councils and other organisations of priests around the world. The Congregation does not deal with clerical sexual abuse cases, as those are handled exclusively by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


It was first set up as the Sacra Congregatio Cardinalium pro executione et interpretatione concilii Tridentini interpretum by Pope Pius IV in the apostolic constitution Alias Nos of 2 August 1564 to oversee the proper application and observation of the disciplinary decrees of the Council of Trent throughout the Catholic Church. It was commonly known as the Sacred Congregation of the Council. Pope Sixtus V's Apostolic Constitution Immensa aeterni Dei of 22 January 1587 expanded the Congregation's functions, entrusting it with the proper interpretation of the canons of the Council of Trent, resolving controversial questions relating to it, and monitoring provincial councils. It later lost many of its powers, retaining only those relating to disciplining secular clergy, but still held onto its original name prior to Pope Paul VI's apostolic constitution Regimini Ecclesiae Universae of 31 December 1967, which renamed it the "Congregation for the Clergy."

By 2009, Pope Benedict XVI made the Congregation responsible for managing the guidelines concerning clergy who maintained their clerical status after violating their vows of celibacy.[1] On 25 January 2012, Pope Benedict XVI gave it responsibility for regulating Catholic seminaries, which until then was the responsibility of the Congregation for Catholic Education.[2]

In January 2013, the motu proprio Fides per doctrinam transferred the competency on Catechesis from the Congregation for the Clergy to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.

In February 2019, Cardinal Beniamino Stella, Prefect of the Congregation, said that the Congregation manages the cases of priests who violate their vows of celibacy for approximately ten years. He said that "In such cases there are, unfortunately, Bishops and Superiors who think that, after having provided economically for the children, or after having transferred the priest, the cleric could continue to exercise the ministry."[1] In February 2020, the Congregation made public its guidelines for managing cases of priests who have fathered children. The guidelines were previously secret, though in 2019 the Congregation offered to provide then to a bishops conference upon request.[3]

On 3 June 2021, Pope Francis tasked Egidio Miragoli, Bishop of Mondovì, with conducting a review of the Congregation in anticipation of the replacement of its prefect in August. He expected it would take at least the month of June to complete.[4][5]


Prefect of Congregation for the Clergy
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Lazarus You Heung-sik

since 2021
Congregation for the Clergy
StyleHis Excellency
Member ofRoman Curia
Reports toThe Pope
AppointerThe Pope
Term lengthFive years, renewable
First holderCarlo Borromeo

Since 2 August 2021, the prefect of the Congregation has been Archbishop Lazarus You Heung-sik.[6] The secretary of the Congregation has been the Chilean archbishop Andrés Gabriel Ferrada Moreira since October 2021.[7] In February 2022, Simone Renna was named under secretary.[8][9]


No. Name From Until Appointer
1 Carlo Borromeo.jpg Carlo Borromeo 1564 1565 Pius IV
2 3207 - Roma - S. Maria degli Angeli - Tomba card. Francesco Alciati - Foto Giovanni Dall'Orto 18-June-2007.jpg Francesco Alciati 1565 1580
3 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Filippo Boncompagni 1580 1586 Gregory XIII
4 Antonio Carafa (1538-1591).jpg Antonio Carafa 1586 1591 Sixtus V
5 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Girolamo Mattei 1591 1603

Alessandro algardi, il cardinale paolo emilio zacchia, 1650 ca..JPG

Paolo Emilio Zacchia 1604 1605 Clement VIII
7 Ottavio Leoni - Francesco Maria del Monte.jpg Francesco Maria del Monte 1606 1616 Paul V
8 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Orazio Lancellotti 1616 1620 Paul V
9 Guido Reni - Roberto Ubaldini - LACMA.jpg Roberto Ubaldini 1621 1623
10 Card de torres.jpg Cosimo de Torres 1623 1626
11 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Bonifazio Bevilacqua
1626 1627 Urban VIII
12 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Fabrizio Verospi 1627 1639 Urban VIII
13 Portrait of Pope Innocent X (by Circle of Diego Velázquez) - National Gallery of Art.jpg Giambattista Pamphilj 1639 1644 Urban VIII
14 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Francesco Cennini
de' Salamandri
1644 1645
15 Siluestri á Petrasancta Symbola heroica (1682) (14562259038).jpg Pier Luigi Carafa 1645 1655 Innocent X
16 Testana Giuseppe - Francesco Paolucci.jpg Francesco Paolucci 1657 1661
17 Giulio Sacchetti, by Pietro da Cortona.jpg Giulio Cesare Sacchetti 1661 1663 Alexander VII
18 Angelo Celsi.jpg Angelo Celsi 1664 1671 Alexander VII
19 Paluzzo Paluzzi Altieri degli Albertoni.jpg Paluzzo Paluzzi Altieri
degli Albertoni
1671 1672 Clement X
20 Benedetto XIII.jpg Vincenzo Maria Orsini, O.P. 1673 1675 Clement X
21 Jakob-Ferdinand Voet - Portrait of Cardinal Federico Ubaldo Baldeschi Colonna (1624-1691) - Google Art Project.jpg Federico Baldeschi Colonna 1675 1691 Clement X
22 Galeazzo Marescotti (cropped).jpg Galeazzo Marescotti 1692 1695 Innocent XII
23 Portret van kardinaal Giuseppe Sacripante, RP-P-1909-4275.jpg Giuseppe Sacripante 1696 1700 Innocent XII
24 Cardinal Bandino Panciatici.jpg Bandino Panciatichi 1700 1718
25 CORRADINI PIER MARCELLINO.jpg Pier Marcellino Corradini 1718 1721 Clement XI
26 Portret van kardinaal Curzio Origo, RP-P-1909-5284.jpg Curzio Origo 1721 1737
27 Antonio Saverio Gentili.jpg Antonio Saverio Gentili 1737 1753 Clement XII
28 Mario Millini.jpg Mario Millini 1753 1756 Benedict XIV
29 Cardinale Giovanni Giacomo Millo.jpg Giovanni Giacomo Millo 1756 1757 Benedict XIV
30 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Clemente Argenvilliers 1757 1758 Benedict XIV
31 Ferdinando Maria de' Rossi.jpg Ferdinando Maria de' Rossi 1759 1775 Clement XIII
32 Carlo Vittorio Amedeo Ignazio delle Lanze.jpg Carlo Vittorio Amedeo
delle Lanze
1775 1784
33 Guglielmo Pallotta.jpg Guglielmo Pallotta 1785 1795 Pius VI
34 Tommaso Antici - Kardinal.jpg Tommaso Antici 1795 1798 Pius VI
35 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Filippo Carandini 1800 1810
36 Giulio Gabrielli.jpg Giulio Gabrielli 1814 1820 Pius VII
37 Emanuele De Gregorio.jpg Emmanuele De Gregorio 1820 1834 Pius VII
38 Cardinale Vincenzo Macchi.jpg Vincenzo Macchi 1834 1841 Gregory XVI
39 Kardinal Paolo Polidori.jpg Paolo Polidori 1841 1847 Gregory XVI
40 Kardinal Pietro Ostini.jpg Pietro Ostini 1847 1849 Pius IX
41 Angelo Mai - Imagines philologorum.jpg Angelo Mai 1851 1853 Pius IX
42 Cardinali Antonio Maria Cagiano de Azevedo (1797-1867) 19696qzv-front-shortedge-384.jpg Antonio Maria Cagiano
de Azevedo
1853 1860 Pius IX
43 Prospero Caterini.jpg Prospero Caterini 1860 1881 Pius IX
44 Coat of arms of Lorenzo Nina.svg Lorenzo Nina 1881 1885 Leo XIII
45 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Luigi Serafini 1885 1893 Leo XIII
46 Angelo Di Pietro.jpg Angelo Di Pietro 1893 1902 Leo XIII
47 Vincenzo Vannutelli 1913.jpg Vincenzo Vannutelli 1902 1908 Leo XIII
48 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Casimiro Gennari 1908 1914 Pius X
49 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Francesco di Paola Cassetta 1914 1919
50 Mgr Donate Sbaretti (HS85-10-13671).jpg Donato Raffaele Sbarretti 1919 1930 Benedict XV
51 Cardinal galero with fiocchi.svg Giulio Serafini 1930 1938 Pius XI
52 Cardinal Maglione.JPG Luigi Maglione 1938 1939 Pius XI
53 Francesco Marmaggi.jpg Francesco Marmaggi 1939 1949
54 Coat of arms of Giuseppe Bruno.svg Giuseppe Bruno 1949 1954 Pius XII
55 Coat of arms of Pietro Ciriaci.svg Pietro Ciriaci 1954 1966 Pius XII
56 Jean-Marie Villot 1978.jpg Jean-Marie Villot 1967 1969
57 Coat of arms of John Joseph Wright.svg John Joseph Wright 1969 1979 Paul VI
58 Coat of arms of Silvio Oddi.svg Silvio Oddi 1979 1986 John Paul II
59 External Ornaments of a Cardinal Bishop.svg Antonio Innocenti 1986 1991 John Paul II
60 Coat of arms of Jose Tomas Sanchez.svg José Tomás Sánchez 1991 1996 John Paul II
61 Cardenal Darío Castrillon.jpg Darío Castrillón Hoyos 1996
1998 John Paul II
62 Hummes2006.jpg Cláudio Hummes 2006 2010 Benedict XVI
63 Mauro Piacenza 2010 2013 Benedict XVI
64 Beniamino Stella.jpg Beniamino Stella 2013 2021 Francis
65 Portrait of Lazarus You Heung-sik.jpg Lazarus You Heung-sik 2021 present Francis



  1. ^ a b Stella, Beniamino (27 February 2019). "For children of priests, the good of the child comes first" (Interview). Interviewed by Andrea Tornielli. Vatican News. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Benedict XVI: New motu proprios affect seminaries, catechesis". Vatican Radio. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Cairns, Madoc (10 February 2020). "Vatican guidelines for children of priests are released". The Tablet. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Beltràn, Fernando (7 June 2021). "Confirmado: El Papa ordena una visita a la Congregación para el Clero" (in Spanish). Info Vaticana. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ Scola, Paola (7 June 2021). "Una 'missione speciale' di Papa Francesco per il vescovo di Mondovì". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "S.E. Lazzaro You Heung-sik". Congregation for the Clergy (in Italian). Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 08.09.2021" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 8 September 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ Bourdin, Anita (9 February 2022). "Congrégation pour le clergé: le p. Renna nommé sous-secrétaire". Zenit (in French). Retrieved 2022.
  9. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 09.02.2022" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 9 February 2022. Retrieved 2022.

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