La Vision de Fray Rodriguez
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La Vision del Fray Rodriguez (The Vision of Friar Rodriguez) is a satire written by Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal, pictures a conversation between Saint Augustine and the Augustinian priest Friar Jose Rodriguez.
To counter the effects of “Noli Me Tangere,” especially those from Fr. Jose Rodriguez, Jose Rizal wrote “La Vision del Fray Rodriguez” (The Vision of Fr. Rodriguez) through a small pamphlet. He used his pen name Dimas Alang (Cannot be Touched) and made it as a satire with a simple plot.
This satire, “La Vision del Fray Rodriguez” by Jose Rizal, pictures a conversation between Saint Augustine and the Augustinian priest Friar Jose Rodriguez. The saint criticizes the priest on his beliefs and actions which oppose the priesthood. He also reveals the priest’s abusive actions performed using the Catholic Church’s name. Saint Augustine goes on to great length of criticizing the friar’s deficiency in understanding Christian teachings and doctrines. To punish him, Saint Augustine attacks his stubbornness combined with stupidity through writing “so that the world will laugh” at him.
Friar Jose Rodriguez
In reality, Friar Jose Rodriguez was an Augustinian priest who criticized “Noli Me Tangere.” He wrote pamphlets such as “Cuestiones de Sumo Interes” and “Caiingat Cayo.” He said that Rizal’s novel was heretical. Thus, Rizal responded to the friar’s claims through his satire. He published it in Barcelona in 1889. This was published secretly because of its critical nature (to friars). With this, the Philippines only had limited number of copies since the Spanish officials then ordered the destruction and confiscation of the pamphlet.
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