Bishops conferences were mandated by Church law so you just can't eliminate them. Though they can certainly be downsized with the amount of bureaucracy that has built up. The latest Crisis
Russell Shaw had a good article on this subject in the latest Crisis.
That's a major oversight on my part. I've been reading a lot of Pope Benedict XVI's books while he was a Cardinal and I keep coming across his thoughts that the national conferences are not part of the 'overall' structure of the Church.
Anyways, I got carried away with eliminating the USCCB. It does some good, but it acts as a shield for weakspined bishops to dodge the difficult questions. There has got to be a way that these particular bishops need to be held accountable for their actions. I know, I know, in the end they will be judged by the Almighty.
Though it is frustrating.
NCCB's are a part of Church law that is discipline and may be changed by the Supreme Legislator, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at any time.
It is clear from the US and France at the very least that these are simply organizations to foment dissent against the Church, and to stifle dissent against modernism. Abolish away.
ps. soft on moral teaching, and liberation theology Catholic Charities on that same dung heap please.
Indeed Bishop Conferences have taken a life of their own not desired by the council. A deep reform of the presente structure of bishop conference is a must, and it would be a good idea to scrap the whole thing altogether because they are a negative force in the Church. AMDG.
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