The Wikipedia article on Opus Dei, the somewhat controversial, conservative institution of the Roman Catholic Church, currently explains an aspect of the institution's leadership selection procedures as follows:

The women nominate their preferred candidates for the prelate and is voted upon by the men to become the next Prelate

Given the institution's (ultra-)conservative reputation this seems to be a somewhat remarkable arrangement. Can someone familiar enough with Latin please confirm that the cited document indeed spells out these terms?

And what is the general term for an (s)election procedure where two groups share power by one group pre-selecting a set of n out of m candidates and the other group then selecting 1 winner from that set?

  • I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but we'd generally call the first selection of n candidates a primary.
    – Publius
    Oct 12 '14 at 2:01
  • @Avi A primary is different in the sense that if this scheme were applied to U.S. elections, Republicans would first select a set of n (e.g. Huntsman, Perry, Romney) and Democrats would then elect 1 of n (e.g. Romney) for President. Or inversely, Democrats would first select a set of n (e.g. Clinton, Edwards, Obama) and Republicans would then elect 1 of n (e.g. Clinton) for President.
    – Drux
    Oct 12 '14 at 4:56
  • I understand that the US does not implement the system exactly as you described, but the definition of a primary is any election that narrows the field of candidates before a general election, so this would qualify.
    – Publius
    Oct 12 '14 at 5:12
  • @Avi The term election would also qualify. Both terms (election and primary) are too broad for what I am looking for.
    – Drux
    Oct 12 '14 at 5:20
  • I see. I'm not sure if there is a specific term for this, but if I find something, I will let you know.
    – Publius
    Oct 12 '14 at 8:38

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