About the book:
Schumacher’s provocative reassessment restores the clergy to a central position by portraying them “not merely as victims of 1872, but as the ones who brought nationalism to birth, who nurtured it, who, when they had to yield leadership to others, continued to support the revolution made by others, even when it was betrayed or abandoned by many of its leaders” Journal of Asian Studies, David Sturtevant, Association for Asian Studies, 1983
Basing his account primarily on neglected archival materials in the Philippines, Spain, the Vatican and the United States, Schumacher reconstructs the kaleidoscopic difficulties facing Filipino priests at the turn of the century. Among them were: the anti-friar thrust of the Katipunan, the anti-clericalism and secularism of influential members of the Malolos government, the spiritual discord emanating from Gregorio Aglipay and the Philippine Independent Church and the strict separation of Church and State of the American colonial regime.- Journal of Asian Studies, David Sturtevant, Association for Asian Studies, 1983
Originally published in 1981, it won a Gintong Aklat Award, for History. in 1982
Publisher: Ateneo de Manila University Press
Publication Date: 1998
Size: 255 x 180mm
About the author:
Schumacher entered the Society of Jesus in 1944 and was ordained as a priest in 1957. He helped establish the Ateneo de Manila University Archives alongside fellow Jesuits Fr. Leo Cullum and Fr. Horacio de la Costa in 1958.
At Ateneo, he taught Church History.
He also wrote several books and essays on Philippine history, with a heavy focus on Philippine churches, nationalism, and Filipino Jesuits. Among the most well-known examples are:“Father Jose Burgos: Priest and Nationalist”, “Readings in Philippine Church History”, “Revolutionary Clergy”, and “The Making of a Nation: Essays on Nineteenth-Century Nationalism.”
Schumacher also received several awards in his lifetime, including the Grant Goodman Prize in 1994 from the Philippine Studies Group and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 from the Catholic Mass Media Awards.