A bishop is the elected spiritual leader of a diocese.
Only pastors can be elected bishop, but there is no enquiry into the doctrinal orthodoxy of candidates for episcopal office: it is for the diocesan electors to assess the candidates’ suitability.Candidates are nominated in advance by electors’ associations, which must be established with the consent and on behalf of the pastor whom they wish to nominate. These associations must have at least ten members who are entitled to vote in the election. Candidacies are then confirmed by the diocesan chapter, which also acts as the electoral commission.Episcopal elections take place in two stages. If no candidate receives more than half the votes in the first round, a second round is held, contested by the two leading candidates. If the vote is tied, the election is decided by lot.
The following can vote in episcopal elections: