After the death of Most Rev. Archbishop Daniel Bohan, most people of the Archdiocese of Regina may wonder how a new Archbishop would be chosen. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the process for selecting a bishop.
Who has the authority to choose a new bishop? The short answer is the Pope with the help of the Holy Spirit. Remember, Christ has not abandoned his Church, and continues to guide and govern her through the Holy Spirit. Basically, the Pope can appoint any Catholic priest to be a bishop, the actual process usually involves many people. This process can be seen in two parts: first selecting the right priests, and secondly, choosing the one who best fills a specific vacant See.
I - Selecting the right priest(s)
The development of selecting priests with the particular qualities desired in a bishop is an ongoing process, which begins even when there are no vacancies. The bishops of a provincial...Read More