Philippine Independent Church

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Philippine Independent Church

Philippine Independent Church, religious body that separated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1902 and rejected the spiritual authority of the pope. It is known popularly as the Aglipayan Church, after its founder Gregorio Aglipay. Initially it drew large numbers as a result of nationalist feelings, but later its membership dwindled significantly. Doctrinal disputes and strong factionalism developed. One group allied with American Unitarians and split into various parties. Another, a trinitarian group, moved toward the Episcopal Church, by which their ministers were ordained after 1948 and with which they were formally united in 1961. In 1965 the Philippine Independent Church joined the Old Catholic Union of Utrecht. (See also Old Catholics.)


See P. S. de Achutegui and M. A. Bernad, Religious Revolution in the Philippines (2 vol., 1960–66).

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(27) In the Philippines, Catholics comprise 83% of the population (Roman Catholic 81%, Aglipayan 2%), Muslims 5%, Evangelicals 3%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2%, other Christians 4%, other religions 2%, unspecified 0.6%, and none 0.1% (2000 census).
A substantial 86% of the surveyed households are Roman Catholics and the remainder are Aglipayan (5 households), Born Again (2) and Pentecostal (1).
Religions (2000 census): Roman Catholic 80.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1%.
Previously, specialists on this religious movement pointed either to the resurgence of the Catholic Church, lack of IFI's vitality, or a rebellion in 1910 that involved some Aglipayan ministers (Achutegui & Bernad 1961:370-6), while the Episcopalian refusal was grounded on Aglipay's not being enough explicit on his aims and widespread belief in the stories of his 'immorality, dishonesty, and inordinate ambition' (Clymer 1986:123).
Religion (2000 census): Roman Catholic 80.9%, Islam 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1%.
In addition three churches are established by local religious leaders: the Philippine Independent Church or "Aglipayan," the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), and the Ang Dating Daan (an offshoot of Iglesia ni Cristo).
On the Aglipayan Church, see Pedro de Achutegui and Miguel Bernad, The Religious Revolution in the Philippines: The Life and Church of Gregorio Aglipay 1860-1960 (Manila, Philippines, 1960).
It ranged from the armed struggle waged by the new CPP and the Muslim resistance in the southern part of the country, the anti-dictatorsbip activities of significant segments of the clergy from the Catholic, Protestant, and Aglipayan churches, the organizing activities and mobilizations waged by youth and student groups, labour unions and various people's organizations of the urban poor, peasants, women, and professionals such as teachers and lawyers, and dissident media groups.
Tomas, who belongs to Iglesia Filipina Independiente more commonly known as the Aglipayan Church, said the Holy Week is "a very special occasion to be reminded of what God had sacrificed to show His love for us."