Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference

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Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference
Abbreviation CRBC (台灣主教團)
Formation 1967
Type NGO
Purpose To deal with affairs relating to Catholics in Taiwan and to maintain contact with the Holy See and universal Church
Headquarters Taipei City
  • 39 An Ju Street, Da'an District
Region served
Free Area of the Republic of China
Active and retired Catholic bishops of Taiwan
Archbishop John Hung, S.V.D.
Main organ
Affiliations Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences
Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference
Traditional Chinese 天主教會臺灣地區主教團
Simplified Chinese 天主教会台湾地区主教团

The Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference (天主教會臺灣地區主教團), informally known as the Bishops' Conference of Taiwan, is the episcopal conference of the Free Area of the Republic of China and is the highest organ of the Roman Catholic Church in Greater China. The current conference chair is the Most Rev. John Hung Shan-chuan, S.V.D. Catholics in the independent jurisdictions of Hong Kong, Macau, and Outer Mongolia are represented in the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, not the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference.


When Archbishop Paul Yü of Nanking attended the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII proposed the development of the Chinese Catholic Church on Taiwan due to the situation of the Church on Mainland China. Part of this development would be to re-establish Catholic schools such as the Catholic University in Peking on Taiwan as well as creating a Chinese episcopal conference. Therefore, the Chinese Catholic Bishops Conference (天主教中國主教團) was established in 1967[1] and would serve as the national bishops' conference for all territories claimed by the Government of the Republic of China. In 1973, bishops from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines gathered at Fu Jen Catholic University for the inaugural meeting of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. In 1998, the conference adopted its current name to reflect the geopolitical situation and remains the only Chinese episcopal conference sanctioned by the Vatican.

Organizational Structure[edit]

The conference is led by a president, vice president, and secretary-general. The Secretariat, the highest administrative unit, contains the following 10 commissions:

  • Aborigine Apostolate
  • Clergy
    • Subcommittee on Ongoing Priest Formation
    • Subcommittee on Seminaries Education
  • Doctrine of the Faith and Catechetical Instruction
    • Sub-Commission of Bible Apostolate
      • Chinese Catholic Federation for the Bible Apostolate
    • Subcommittee on Catechesis Research
    • Subcommittee on Theology Research
    • Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service Team
  • Education and Culture
  • Evangelization
    • Subcommittee on Family
    • Subcommittee on Laity
    • Subcommittee on Youth
  • Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenical Cooperation
    • Promoting Christian Unity
  • Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
  • Pastoral - Health Care
  • Sacred Liturgy
  • Social Development (Justice & Peace)

Membership List[edit]

President: Most Reverend John Hung, S.V.D. (洪山川), Archbishop of Taipei
Vice President: Most Reverend Peter Liu (劉振忠), Bishop of Kaohsiung

  • Most Reverend Matthew Kia (賈彥文), Archbishop Emeritus of Taipei
  • Most Reverend Joseph Ti (狄剛), Archbishop Emeritus of Taipei
  • Most Reverend Joseph Cheng (鄭再發), Archbishop Emeritus of Taipei
  • Most Reverend Luke Liu (劉獻堂), Bishop Emeritus of Hsinchu
  • Most Reverend James Liu (劉丹桂), Bishop Emeritus of Hsinchu
  • Most Reverend Joseph Wang (王愈榮), Bishop Emeritus of Taichung
  • Most Reverend Paul Cheng (成世光), Bishop Emeritus of Tainan

Note: The Archbishop of Taipei has also overseen the Apostolic Administration of Kinma since 1968.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Annuario Pontificio (Libreria Editrice Vaticana ISBN 978-88-209-8021-4), page 1108

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