Q. 1. What is the Conference of Catholic Bishops and what is its purpose?
A. 1. First of all, I wish to point out that every country in which the Catholic Church ministers, it has a "Conference of Catholic Bishops." At the national level, it exercises certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Catholic faithful of that particular country. Its purpose is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Catholic Church and applies to all the Conferences of Catholic Bishops.
The membership of the Conference of Catholic Bishops consists of the Bishops of its country. At its service are priests, religious brothers and sisters, deacons and lay persons.