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Having a say in selecting our Bishop

Pope with NunciosRichard Curtain, Catholics for Renewal, writes on latest research about appointing bishops.

Catholics, both priests and laity, have too few opportunities to have their voices heard within the Church. The lead up to the appointment of a new bishop is an obvious example of when this should occur. Instead we have a highly secretive process, carried out by the representative of the Vatican in Australia. This selection process is going on in six dioceses at 31 March 2016. Other dioceses are expected to become vacant in the not too distant future as more bishops reach the retirement age of 75.

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