"As late as 1054, Cardinal Humbert of Silva Candida – a most implacable defender of papal authority – expressed the rights of the laity as follows: “According to the decrees of the holy fathers, … More

The laity used to help choose bishops. It’s a tradition worth resurrecting | Catholic Herald

“The Church is not a democracy,” we are often told. That’s sort of true, but it isn’t meant to be a vast centrally-controlled bureaucracy either. As …
It wouldn't be such a bad idea to revert to an older custom if one keeps in mind why it was abandoned, IF the list of possible Bishops were already serving the Diocese as priests or pastors where they have are known factors.