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how bishops are made

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 29, 2005

Kudos to Mark Mossa, for noticing this gem in the Code of Canon Law (332 §1):

If he does not have the episcopal character, he is immediately to be ordained Bishop.

As Mossa explains, Canon 332 treats of the election of a Pope, and stipulates that, in the case where the man elected is not already in episcopal orders, he is thereupon to be consecrated bishop.

And you thought we were close to getting an explanation for The Crisis? Well, so did I.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 30, 2005 8:25 AM ET USA

    Positively ellipsistical, Diogenes! I guess Maureen Dowd hasn't read the Code of Canon Law or we would have known that...

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 30, 2005 1:17 AM ET USA

    Yes, this would have explained so much of The Crisis... thanks for such a valiant effort, Mossa & Diogenes. Keep investigating for an explanation!