Friday, October 24, 2008

Dominican Republic High Court Upholds Country's Concordat With Vatican

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the Dominican Republic rejected a constitutional challenge to the 1954 Concordat and Final Protocol entered between the Vatican and the Dominican State. (Constitution in Spanish.) According to Dominican Today, the court held that although under the Concordat (Art. XXII), the government agrees to teach the Catholic religion and moral education in elementary and secondary public schools, the Concordat does not ban teaching of other religions as well. The challenge was brought by Jesus is Sanctity and Eternal Life Ministry on behalf of evangelical churches. (Background). The full text of the Court's 15-2 decision is available online in Spanish.