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Friday, August 1, 2008

Iglesia Filipina Independiente

03 August 1902. The Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Philippine Independent Church) is born through the proclamation of the General Council of the Union Obrera Democratica with the revolutionary-priest Gregorio Aglipay as "Supreme Bishop." The Council was led by Isabelo de los Reyes, the acknowledged originator of the Philippine Labor Movement. The move was the culmination of the Filipino clergy's long struggle against Spanish 'frailocracy' and, although the IFI would retain much of the ecclesiastical trappings of the Catholic Church, remains a highly significant reference point in the continuing drive among Filipino Christians for theological contextualization. With more than two million members, the IFI is reportedly the "third largest Christian denomination" in the Philippines, next to the Roman Catholic Church and the homegrown Iglesia Ni Cristo.


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