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The Right Reverend (abbreviated The Rt Revd, The Rt Rev'd, The Rt Rev.) is a style applied to certain religious figures.

  • In the Anglican Communion[1] and the Catholic Church in Great Britain, it applies to bishops and retired archbishops, except that The Most Reverend is used for serving or emeritus archbishops (elsewhere, all Catholic bishops are styled as The Most Reverend).
  • In some churches with a Presbyterian heritage, it applies to the current Moderator of the General Assembly, such as
    • the current Moderator of the United Church of Canada (if the moderator is an ordained minister; laypeople may be elected moderator, but are not styled Right Reverend)
    • the current Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
    • the current Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
    • the current Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa
    • the current Moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana
    • the current Moderator of the Sutlej Reformed Church of Pakistan
  • In the Catholic Church, it applies to abbots of monasteries in the Latin Church and archimandrites in the Eastern Catholic Churches. Monsignors of the ranks of protonotary apostolic and domestic prelate were formerly styled The Right Reverend Monsignor, but the currently correct style for them is The Reverend Monsignor.
  • In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, bishops are styled "The Right Reverend" whether they are heads of dioceses or vicar bishops. The style is also used for archimandrite-level monastics and for some married priests holding the title of protopresbyter.[2]
  • In Methodism, as in the Anglican tradition, the style is also applied to bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Other Methodist denominations, including the United Methodist Church, only use this to refer to district superintendents, not their bishops.
  • It is used as a title for bishops in the Church of God in Christ, a Pentecostal-Holiness denomination.

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