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Pope Francis pursues a thaw in relations with mainland China

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Can bi-ritual priests become bishops?

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Can bi-ritual priests become bishops?


Yes, the Holy See can appoint any priest it wishes to the episcopacy for any rite it chooses. Ordinarily though, it appoints a bishop for the rite to which the new bishop has always belonged. Bi-ritual priests are priests who have been given permission to celebrate the liturgy in more than one rite. The priests themselves belong to only one rite.

Answered by: Fr. Vincent Serpa O.P.


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