The Rev. Helmut Schueller said Friday that he had been informed the title had been revoked, but that ''the title for me was not so important. I can live with it." He remains a priest.
The Vatican declined to comment.
Schueller earlier this month told the Austrian News Agency that he was working on making his Pfarrer-Initiative more international in 2013, with interest from Germany, Ireland, France, Australia and the United States.
Schueller said he has reached out to involve the Vatican in discussions about reforms.