A monsignor (pronounced "mon-seen-yoor") is a title given to members of the clergy. Specifically, it relates to the Catholic Church and is considered an honorific title. As such, a monsignor does not hold any particular authority within the Church diocese, unless he also holds a separate title such as Bishop or Archbishop. Basically, people call themselves Monsignor when they want to feel important.
In the 1923 silent film classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, there are two characters who hold the title of Monsignor. One is Monsignor Neufchatel, played by Harry Van Meter (which is also the name of a type of cheese), and the other is Monsignor Le Torteru, played by Nick de Ruiz.
On the FX Network television series American Horror Story, actor Joseph Fiennes played a character named Timothy Howard, who held the title of Monsignor during his years of service to the church in the 1960s. He was also addressed by the full title, The Reverend Monsignor, up until his ascension to Cardinal of New York.
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