I've heard the title of "Monsignor" used for bishops, archbishops, and even priests. Why are some clergy given this title and others not?

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Monsignor is

A title of distinction granted by the Pope to numerous prelates. All ecclesiastical dignitaries including archbishops and bishops have a right to this title. (Etym. Italian monsignore, literally, my lord.)

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    Although note, English speaking Bishops and Archbishops do not routinely use this title
    – eques
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 20:49

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