Jose Rizal’s Retraction Controversy Many historians arguing whether Rizal retracted from what he had stated about the Catholic Church or not. From Rizal’s statement: "I retract with all my heart whatever in my words, writings, publications and conduct have been contrary to my character as a son of the Catholic Church.", some says that this document is a forgery and the other are asserting that it’s authentic and Rizal was the only who wrote and signed the retraction paper. There are arguments found that depend the both claims. But the only thing is, even Rizal retracted or not, the knowledge he inculcated to us will not change.
According to Teodoro Kalaw, a professional on our hero’s writings and other handwritings experts, the retraction was originally written by Rizal and it has been judged by them through their deep study. There are also prominent Philippine historians who uphold the authenticity of Rizal’s retraction such as Nick Joaquin, Nicolas Zafra, Gregorio Zaide and many more. As of them, they consider the witnesses when Rizal wrote the retraction paper, signed the book of prayers of the Catholic, and recited the prayers of the Catholic. Base on them, there were also people who saw him when he kissed the crucifix before the execution. Rizal was also said that he had his 4 confessions, beheld by different qualified witnesses, news papers, and historians including the leader of the Spanish Supreme Court. And this affirmation was stated by Rizal’s great nephew,