THE SECULARIZATION MOVEMENT AND THE MATYRDOM OF GOMBURZA
Without 1872, there would have been no Plaridel, Jaena or Sanciongco; nor would the brave and generous Filipino colonies in Europe have existed. Without 1872, Rizal would now have been a Jesuit and instead of writing "Noli Me Tangere," would have written the opposite. Jose Rizal in a letter to the staff of La Solidaridad in Paris
This movement demanded the handling over of the parishes from the regular clergy ( Dominicans, Franciscans, Recollects etc.), who were Spanish friars, to secular priests, most of whom were Filipinos.
The seculars were those who were not bound by monastic vows or rules. Filipino priests were then not accepted by the regular clergy, and were mostly assigned as assistants to Spanish friars.
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