|Pedro Sebastian Peláez|
June 29, 1812|
|Died||June 3, 1863
|Known for||Secularization of Catholic parishes|
Pedro Peláez (1812-1863) was a Filipino Catholic priest who favored the rights for Filipino clergy during the 19th century. He was diocesan administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila for a brief period of time. In the early 19th century, Pelaez fought for the secularization of Filipino priests.
Pelaez was born on June 29, 1812 to Jose Pelaez, alcalde mayor of Laguna and Josefa Sebastian. When both of his parents died in 1823, he was taken as a houseboy in the Dominican convent in Manila. At the same time, he was sent to study at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran where he finished a degree in Bachelor of Arts. He then enrolled at the University of Santo Tomas to finish academic degrees on priesthood. Pelaez studied under the famous priest Francisco Ayala.
Along with Father Mariano Gómez, Pelaez started organizing activities that demanded the return of control of Philippine parishes to Filipino seculars. Peláez died during an earthquake in Manila, Philippines.
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