Conference of the Dominican Episcopate
The Conference of the Dominican Episcopate (Spanish: Conferencia del Episcopado Dominicano, CED) is the body of the Catholic Church in the Dominican Republic. In 1954 arose the first Episcopal National Commission of the Dominican Republic, which is now officially called with the current name since September 22, 1962, when the Holy See approved its statutes. The first plenary meeting of the CED met in 1963, and the episcopal commissions were created in 1966.
The main bodies that make up are: the Plenary Assembly, the Permanent Council, its Secretary General, 16 committee and a national ecclesiastical court.
The CED is a member of the Latin American Episcopal Conference.
List of Presidents of the Bishops' Conference:
- 1958-1961: Ricardo Pittini, Archbishop of Santo Domingo
- 1961-1979: Octavio Beras Rojas, Archbishop of Santo Domingo
- 1979-1981: Juan Antonio Santana Flores, Archbishop of Santiago de los Caballeros
- 1981-1984: Hugo Eduardo Polanco Brito, bishop of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia en Higüey
- 1984-2002: Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, Archbishop of Santo Domingo
- 2002-2008: Ramon Benito de la Rosa y Carpio, Bishop of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia en Higüey and Archbishop of Santiago de los Caballeros
- 2008-present: Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, Archbishop of Santo Domingo