Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community

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Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community
Commissio Episcopatuum Communitatis Europaeae
Abbreviation COMECE
Predecessor European Catholic Pastoral Information Service
Established March 3, 1980; 37 years ago (1980-03-03)
Type Association without lucrative purpose
Purpose Represent episcopal conferences of EU member states at EU institutions
Headquarters Brussels, Belgium
Region served
European Union
Membership
Bishops delegated by episcopal conferences of EU member states
President
Cardinal Reinhard Marx
Main organ
Secretariat
Website comece.eu
[1][2]

The Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (Latin: Commissio Episcopatuum Communitatis Europaeae; COMECE) is the association of Catholic Church episcopal conferences in member states of the European Union (EU) which officially represents those episcopal conferences at EU institutions.[1][3]

COMECE bishops are delegated by Catholic episcopal conferences in EU member states and has a permanent Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium.[1][4] It was established in 1980 and replaced the European Catholic Pastoral Information Service (SIPECA, 1976–1980). Discussions during the 1970s about creating an episcopal conferences' liaison organization to the European Community led to the decision, on the eve of the European Parliament election, 1979, to establish COMECE.[2]

Objectives[edit]

The objectives of COMECE are to:

  • monitor EU "political processes" and "legal developments"[5]
  • communicate "opinions and views" about "European integration in the light of" Catholic social teaching[5]
  • communicate "concerns and opinions" of bishops about "the construction of a peaceful and prosperous Europe for all" to EU institutions[5]
  • offer "the co-operation and the service of the Church" to EU institutions[5]
  • respond to "questions and problems" of EU institutions[5]
  • maintain "transparent and regular dialogue with the EU Institutions"[5]
  • "inform and raise awareness among" episcopal conferences in EU member states and Catholics about topics of "common interest dealt with by the different institutions of the EU"[5]
  • assist episcopal conferences in EU member states with understanding "the challenges posed by" European integration[5]
  • "foster collegiality" between episcopal conferences in EU member states "in developing specific actions" with respect to European "social and ethical problems"[5]

Organisation[edit]

COMECE's president is currently Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising. It has first Vice-President Bishop Jean Kockerols and three other vice-presidents, currently Bishop Gianni Ambrosio, Bishop Czesław Kozon and Bishop Rimantas Norvila (lt). The official who runs the office on a day-to-day basis is the General Secretary, currently the Rev. Dr. Patrick Daly. The General Secretary is appointed for a three-year term renewable term.

COMECE is funded by the episcopal conferences in EU member states.[1] Its Secretariat is currently made of 10 people.[1]

Presidents of COMECE[edit]

General Secretaries of COMECE[edit]

Publications[edit]

COMECE and the Jesuit European Social Centre publish a monthly digital newsletter, europeinfos, to make the meaning and purpose of the European project better known to citizens, and especially to the local churches.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Secretariat of COMECE (Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community)". ec.europa.eu. European Commission. Joint Transparency Register Secretariat. 2016-04-12. Transparency Register id: 47350036909-69. Archived from the original on 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Our history". comece.eu. Brussels, BE: Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community. Archived from the original on 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  3. ^ Turner, Frank (2013). "The Roman Catholic Church and the European institutions: dialogue and advocacy at the European Union". In Leuştean, Lucian N. Representing religion in the European Union: does God matter?. Routledge studies in religion and politics. London [u.a.]: Routledge. pp. 77, 82–83. ISBN 9780415685047. 
  4. ^ "Who we are". comece.eu. Brussels, BE: Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community. Archived from the original on 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Our mission". comece.eu. Brussels, BE: Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community. Archived from the original on 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  6. ^ "Revue Europe-Infos". jesuites.com (in French). Jésuites de la Province de France. Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 

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