Spanish Episcopal Conference

The Spanish Episcopal Conference (Spanish: Conferencia Episcopal Española ) is the permanent conference of Spanish bishops and is in communion with the Roman Pontiff. The Spanish Bishops' Conference is a member of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences ( CCEE ) and the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community ( COMECE).


Your task is to exercise the pastoral care and the promotion of cooperation with the dioceses. She works with state institutions closely together, however, they possess full independence and autonomy.

Working basis

The actions of the Spanish bishops is shaped and guided by important ecclesiastical and religious documents and include the conciliar statements and constitution of the Second Vatican Council. The Basics is attributable to "Lumen Gentium ", " Christus Dominus " and the Canon Law (Codex Iuris Canonici ). The meeting Imaging statute was adopted in 1966 by the Spanish bishops and Pope Paul VI. ratified, the last reform took place in May 2004 and confirmed by the General Assembly. All active Spanish bishops have a full voting rights, the emeritus bishops have no say but an advisory role. The election period for the offices and functions amounts to three years and may be exercised only three times, the Secretary General of the Spanish Bishops' Conference shall be chosen for a period of five years.


  • President Antonio Maria Rouco Varela Cardinal, Archbishop of Madrid
  • Bishop Ricardo Blázquez Pérez, Bishop of Bilbao
  • Auxiliary Bishop Juan Antonio Martínez Camino, Auxiliary Bishop of Madrid

Archbishop Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, Archdiocese of Seville;

Archbishop Lluís Martínez Sistach Cardinal, Archdiocese of Barcelona;


  • Commission for the worldwide apostolate and clerics
  • Commission on matters of faith
  • Commission for Education and Catechesis
  • Commission for the Liturgy
  • Commission for Social and Communication
  • Commission for Migration
  • Commission for cooperation with other churches
  • Commission for pastoral duties
  • Commission for the preservation of the cultural heritage
  • Commission for Seminaries and Universities
  • Commission for Consecrated Life


  • Enrique Cardinal Pla y Deniel, Archbishop of Toledo (1958-1966)
  • Fernando Cardinal Quiroga y Palacios, Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela (1966-1969)
  • Casimiro Morcillo González, Archbishop of Madrid (1969-1971)
  • Cardinal Vicente Enrique y Tarancon, Archbishop of Madrid (1971-1981)
  • Gabino Díaz Merchán, Archbishop of Oviedo (1981-1987)
  • Ángel Suquía Cardinal, Archbishop of Madrid (1987-1993)
  • Elías Álvarez Yanes, Archbishop of Saragossa (1993-1999)
  • Antonio María Cardinal Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid (1999-2005)
  • Ricardo Blázquez, Bishop of Bilbao (2005-2008)
  • Antonio María Cardinal Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid ( since 2008)