Letter from Thomas Augustine Hendrick to Luke E. Wright
Thomas A. Hendrick, Roman Catholic Bishop of Cebu, writes to Civil Governor Wright to provide an account of his travels in the Philippines, where he is surprised to find widespread anti-Americanism and a poor reception of Roman Catholicism, especially in areas where the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Aglipayan church) has a strong presence. Services are sparsely attended, parishes lack priests, church buildings are in disrepair, and Catholics are being threatened. Local government officials in several towns are Aglipayan church members, and Hendrick believes they may be intimidating the citizens. Hendrick feels that the Aglipayan effort is actually an attempt to drive out Americans rather than a religious difference and that government intimidation has also slowed economic output of the villages. He suggests an investigation into local government officials.
Letter from Thomas Augustine Hendrick to Luke E. Wright.
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U.S. President - 1st Term (September 1901-February 1905)
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