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.[1] 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.[1] The competent authority cannot withhold confirmation if the designated candidate is canonically suitable for the office and the election has been conducted validly.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Fernando della Rocca, "Manual of Canon Law", pg. 170 (§79)


  1. Fernando della Rocca, "Manual of Canon Law" (Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1959).