National Catholic Reporter

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Appointment of Catholic bishops

The current method of selecting bishops runs contrary to church tradition

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Robert Mickens' column calling for a new way of choosing bishops is most timely. Although the Code of Canon Law of 1983 (c. 377) says that the pope freely appoints bishops, papal appointment is contrary to the church's centurieslong tradition of the election of bishops by the clergy and people of the diocese.

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