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Can bi-ritual priests become bishops?

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Can bi-ritual priests become bishops?

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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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  1. No, Father. The Holy See does not appoint any priest it wishes to the episcopacy for any rite it chooses. Properly, the Eastern churches elect their own bishops. The Holy See simply grants them ecclesial communion.

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