Here we have a model that is still practiced by Eastern Catholics and could greatly benefit Latin Catholics:
Pope John Paul II
- Approved the election canonically carried out by the Synod of Bishops of the Church Armenian Catholic Church, which met in Bzommar, Lebanon from September 1-9, 2003, of Fr. Kricor-Okosdinos Coussa, pastor of Holy Cross
Parish in Alep, Syria and of Holy Martyrs Parish in Rakka, Syria, as bishop of the eparchy of Alexandria of the Armenians (Catholics 1,276, priests 1, religious 5), Egypt. The bishop-elect was born in Alep in 1953 was ordained
a priest in 1980.
Notice the number of priests he has under him, as well as laity!