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The Concordat of 1954 is a treaty concluded between the diplomats of the Holy See and the leadership of the Dominican Republic. Contents 1 Status of the Church 2 Public funds for Church needs 3 Catholic marriage ceremonies 4 Relations with the Rafael Trujillo regime 5 Relations in the 1970s and 1980s 5.1 References Status of the Church The Dominican Republic offers religious freedom, but the Catholic Church still enjoys certain rights, in particular due to the concordat[1]. Public funds for Church needs Use of public funds for Church needs and low customs duties on Church goods are two favors given to the Catholic Church by the government. Catholic marriage ceremonies Catholic marriage ceremonies are the only religious marriage ceremonies that are recognized by the state, but legal marriages are also available. Certain Protestant churches have also asked for official recognition under this agreement. [2] Relations with the Rafael Trujillo regime Under Rafael Trujillo's government, the power of the Catholic Church was limited. Although the Church remained apolitical during much of the Trujillo era, a 1960 pastoral letter of protest against mass arrests of government opponents seriously strained the relationship with the government.[3] The papal nuncio’s attempts to administer humanitarian aid during the 1965 civil war were hampered and the struggle intensified. Relations in the 1970s and 1980s The bishops continued to issue statements of protest against human rights violations and poor living standards for the population throughout the 1970s and the 1980s.[3] References ^ International Religious Freedom Report 2005: Dominican Republic. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 17 January 2007. ^ Dominican Catholic, Protestant churches spat over marriages ^ a b Wilson, Lamar C. and Patricia Kluck (1989). "Religion". Chapter 2 - Dominican Republic: The Society and Its Environment. In A Country Study: Dominican Republic. Library of Congress (Call Number F1934.D64 2001). Retrieved 17 January 2007.