Author Topic: Results of First Ballot  (Read 4727 times)


  • Guest
Re: Results of First Ballot
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2007, 10:45:02 AM »
Actually, I believe for the Pope it is three-fourths.

Pr. Jerry

  • Guest
Re: Results of First Ballot
« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2007, 10:47:13 AM »
Benedict XVI announced this summer that he was restoring this historic (3/4) proportion for the next conclave.  When he was elected, it was 2/3...

Pax Christi;
Pr. Jerry Kliner, STS

Steven Tibbetts

  • ALPB Contribution Leader
  • *****
  • Posts: 10213
  • Big tents are for circuses.
    • View Profile
Re: Results of First Ballot
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2007, 09:14:18 PM »
I'm pretty sure this wasn't the ALC practice, but I don't know about the LCA. I kind of think it is new to the ELCA, but I'm not sure. But it is similar to some other denominations, such as the UMC.

The ecclesiastical ballot was used in the LCA to elect the President/Bishop of the LCA and the Synods.  As in the ELCA, the first ballot was a nominating ballot.  Every LCA pastor under the age of 67 was eligible and 75% was required for election.  The field was then narrowed and the percentage gradually reduced as in the ELCA, though I couldn't tell you if it was the same ratios.

It was common enough for us that I remember, as a child, that our congregation Call Committee was elected by ecclesiastical ballot.

Pax, Steven+
The Rev. Steven Paul Tibbetts, STS
Pastor Zip's Blog