A canonical election, in the canon law of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church, is the designation of a suitable candidate to a vacant ecclesiastical office by a vote of a collegial body. One example for a canonical election would be the election of a pope by the cardinals in the conclave.
Usually confirmation of the election by a competent authority is required. The competent authority cannot withhold confirmation if the designated candidate is canonically suitable for the office and the election has been conducted validly.
- Fernando della Rocca, "Manual of Canon Law", pg. 170 (§79)
- Fernando della Rocca, "Manual of Canon Law" (Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1959).
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