Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz said names of candidates submitted to the Vatican as potential bishops are being vetoed by "unauthorized people" in Rome.
Appointment of Catholic bishops
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.
Two East Coast Catholic groups, emboldened by the vision of Vatican II, are advocating for lay participation in the selection of bishops.