Religion: The Aglipayans

Comfortably dressed in undershirt and shorts, the Supreme Bishop was drinking ice-cold beer in his Manila house when the official word was brought to him: the Manila Court of the First Instance had at last declared him head of the Philippine Independent Church. Tall, chain-smoking Bishop Isabelo de los Reyes promptly sent out a directive calling for a Supreme Council of Bishops in July to set about making Aglipayanism the national church of the Philippines.

"Just a Stepfather." Popularly known as the Aglipayans (rhymes with lions), the Philippine Independents began as a protest against the Roman Catholic Church's 19th Century policy of...

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