Did I Really Just Read What I Thought I Read?
If the person elected lacks episcopal character, however, he is to be ordained a bishop immediately.
While sometimes this seems to be the criteria used in choosing bishops, this must be considered in context. The canon is concerned with the election of the Pope, and what it is really saying is that if the man elected to be Pope is not already a bishop, he should be ordained one.
But it was good for a little sobering humor!