on the 1965 Vatican II document:
(Comments welcome here)
as in many other documents, Vatican II called for more responsibility to be
given to national and regional bishops' conferences.
Sadly, that responsibility was short-lived:
Vatican under Pope John Paul II emasculated national episcopal conferences, the
principle countervailing forces against Vatican centralization of authority.
After a 1998 edict, the conferences could only speak out authoritatively on
matters of faith and morals if they did so with unanimous consent, which is
impossible to get.
(In Abusive Ecclesiastical Authority by Thomas Fox)
Paul II and Benedict XVI deconstructed teaching authorities such as national
(In The Year of Faith by David Timbs
John Paul II's 1998 letter
may bishops' conferences soon recover
the responsibility given them by Vatican II !