How does one become a bishop in the Catholic Church? Electing our Bishops provides an historical overview from the earliest times when bishops were elected by the clergy and people of the diocese to the present day where they are normally appointed by the pope. In light of the current clergy sexual abuse scandal, this book argues to resume an increased role for the laity in the selection of bishops.
Joseph F. O'Callaghan is professor emeritus in the department of history at Fordham University. He is past president of the American Catholic Historical Association and is the author of several books, notably Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain and Alfonso X and the Cantigas de Santa Maria: A Poetic Biography.
Chapter 1 Bishop and People: A Bond of Trust Chapter 2 Election of Bishops in the Early Church Chapter 3 Royal Nomination of Bishops in the Early Middle Ages Chapter 4 To the Eve of the Protestant Reformation Chapter 5 From the Protestant Reformation to Vatican II Chapter 6 Contemporary Appointment of Bishops Chapter 7 "Is He Worthy?" Chapter 8 Re-Membering a Dis-Membered Church