Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference

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The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) is the national episcopal conference of the Catholic bishops of Australia.[1] Formation of the ACBC was approved by the Holy See on 21 June 1966.[2]


The conference has a president and a vice-president, a permanent committee, various bishops commissions and a general secretariat. The commissions deal with subjects such as canon law, justice, ecology and development and pastoral life.

Member bishops come from 34 dioceses and ordinariates from 28 territorial dioceses and from 6 other structures, specifically the Eastern Catholic dioceses for Chaldean, Maronite, Melkite and Ukrainian Catholics; a military ordinariate; and an Anglican ordinariate, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.[3]

Archbishop Denis Hart, Metropolitan Archbishop of Melbourne, was elected as the president of the ACBC at the bishops’ plenary in May 2012. The previous president of the conference was Archbishop Philip Wilson who was elected to a two-year term in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2010.

The secretariat is based in Canberra under the management of the Reverend Brian Lucas. The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference meets at least annually.[2]


In May 2015 the conference produced a booklet entitled, "Don't mess with Marriage".[4][5]

The ACBC is a significant lobby-group in relation to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. It has said, "Vote No, to keep marriage as a unique relationship between a woman and a man . . . the consequences of changing marriage are very real".[6]

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  1. ^ "Welcome". Catholic Church in Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference". Catholic Church in Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Official website". Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Australian Catholic Bishops: Don't Mess with Marriage". Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Don't mess with Marriage" (PDF). Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference. "Plebiscite on marriage". Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 

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