Saturday, October 09, 2004

Episcopal Conferences Aid But Don't Substitute Bishop, Says Pope

For those who put much weight in what comes out of the USCCB, heed the Holy Father's words,

In order for a conference to fulfill its proper function, care should be taken to ensure that the offices or commissions within a conference strive to be of help to the bishops and not to substitute for them, and even less to create an intermediate structure between the Apostolic See and individual bishops.

I recommend Father Richard Neuhaus' piece on the changes occuring in the USCCB, in this month's issue of First Things.


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