The Bishops' Conference undertakes, whenever practical, to enter into formal consultation with these bodies on matters of particular concern to them.
The Council fosters co-operation between member associations to strengthen their apostolate, is a member of the European Forum of National Laity Committees and has links with the Pontifical Council for Laity.
The Conference of Religious (COR) is the association that supports the leaders of the religious communitites of England and Wales. COR aims to help men and women religious face the challenges and needs of the 21st Century Society.
Founded in 1871, the Catholic Union is the principal lay forum dedicated to the defence of Catholic values and the promotion of the common good in Parliament and public life.