MAKE A RECOMMENDATION
Welcome to the VOTF Bishop Selection web portal. This portal has been created for Catholics in dioceses with pending bishop vacancies to input their concerns and recommendations on the selection of candidates fofr their next bishop. Before you begin, we strongly encourage you to read first the BACKGROUND section above; then proceed to use the portal.
This portal enables you to provide input to Church leaders on:
- Outstanding needs and opportunities in your diocese;
- Qualities and qulification your next bishop ideally should possess to address them;
- Any priest who, in your considered judgment, would be an excellent candidate for bishop and why.
Your input will be transmitted directly to the Apostolic Nuncio, the Vatican's representative in the U.S., who advises the Congregation for Bishops on bishop selection. In a March 2014 letter to VOTF the Apostolic Nuncio assured us that all input received would be reviewed.
Canon Law encourages Catholics to make their views on matters concerning the good of the Church known to Church leaders, and enshrines their right also to make their views known to the wider Catholic community (can.212:2.3), and Church leaders have recognized VOTF's right to encourage lay input in bishop selection.
After reading the BACKGROUND section above, we encourage you to begin with a brief prayer for divine guidance on your recommendations; starting with its first Church election (of Matthias in Acts 1:15-26) the Church community always prays for divine guidance in reaching leadership decisions.
We ask you to please state your views on at least the first two input items below; the third item is optional.