Why is he wearing one?
He needs a mantelletta! :-)
He has aged a lot in 5 years ! Must be the pressure of the job !
I thought monsignors of all ranks are not permitted the rochet?Why is he wearing one? Is this a concession?However, I support it and the mantelletta for monsignors who are protonotaries -yes the supernumeraires and the prelates of honour.
Wow I think I saw one of those in Victoria's Secret.
I believe 'back in the day' the rochet had to be covered with something -- certainly in the presence of the pope. Surplice or mantelletta.
Prelates of honor are no longer entitled the rochet. Protonotary Apostolics de numero are entitled the rochet, but not Protonotary Apostolics supernumerary. I'm not sure what Msgr. Ganswein's actual rank is, but if he is a prelate of honor or Protonotary Apostolics supernumerary, he is not entitled to the rochet.
I think he has a dispensation to wear whatever he wants because he's just so gosh-darn purty!
It was a normal concession that the papal secretary (secretaries) was/were allowed to wear the rochet instead of the surplice. John Paul II did not follow this and neither did Benedict at the beginning of his papacy but brought back the custom a few years into it. He is a prelate of honor, but the reason he is wearing the rochet is not because of his rank as a monsignor but because of his position as secretary to the Holy Father.