The selection and appointment of bishops in the Catholic Church has a long and diverse history. From popular election to appointments by the pope, bishops have been placed through a series of different methods. These methods end up having dramatic impacts on the Church. They raise questions on who has a voice and who should have a voice.
For now, this is a resource page incorporating both my writings and links to other information. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Flier on the History and Contemporary Selection of Bishops
I wrote this flier to be handed out as a short reference at events concerning bishop selection.
Side 1 – An Intriguing History : Election of Bishops in the Catholic Church: Covers the evolution of the process selecting bishops from the first churches to the twentieth century.
Side 2 – The Appointment of Bishops in the Catholic Church in the U.S.: Describes the process used today to nominate bishops for appointment by the pope.
Anonymous. Our Broken Parish, 2008 (pdf)
Moll, Matthew. Student of the Laity (pdf)
Reese, Thomas J. A Survey of the American Bishops, 1983 (pdf)
Reese, Thomas J. The Selection of Bishops, 1983 (pdf)
Nation Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People
– Report on the Crisis, 2004 (mirror)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
– Appointing Bishops (mirror)
Voice of the Faithful
– Five Proposals for Structural Change (mirror)