For Greater Glory: See the Movie and Read the Books

Thursday, June 14, AD 2012

On June 15, a book tied in with the For Greater Glory movie will be released by Ignatius Press.  Bearing the same name as the movie, it is a history of the Cristero Movement.  The author was recently interviewed by Zenit:


ZENIT: Neither a film nor a ZENIT interview is sufficient to explain all the historical intricacies of such a complex epoch. Still, could you give us a brief overview of the Cristero War?


Quezada: The Cristero War is a chapter in Mexico’s history in the 1920s, when thousands of Catholics answered this crucial question [of religious freedom] at the cost of their very lives. President Plutarco Calles launched a direct attack on the Catholic Church using articles from Mexico’s Constitution, which created this uprising and counter-revolution against the Mexican government during that time. The original rebellion was set off by the persecution of Roman Catholics and a ban on their public religious practices.


There are two important dates to point out here.


The persecution began on Aug. 1, 1926, when the government re-enacted the penal code and forced the closure of all Catholic churches throughout the entire country with its new anticlerical laws. However, the first coordinated uprising for religious freedom did not occur until Jan. 1, 1927.


It was not until mid June 1929 when the truce was officially signed, bringing an end to the Cristero War.


ZENIT: Is For Greater Glory a historically accurate film?


Quezada: Apart from some “artistic license” the film is essentially accurate.


ZENIT: The movie alludes to some discrepancy between the Vatican’s position regarding the religious persecution, and that of the Cristero fighters. Could you explain this?


Quezada: When the oppression was about to begin, the Vatican granted permission — requested by the Mexican bishops — to cease any Catholic religious services in order to avoid confrontations. Additionally, the Holy See wrote letters to the government requesting they abolish the Calles Law. The government ignored each request. As the war intensified, Rome continued to have direct communications with President Calles to ask for leniency. Not only were Vatican officials [in Mexico] dismissed, but diplomatic relations were broken off by the government. Lastly, Pope Pius XI wrote an encyclical letter to the clergy and the faithful of Mexico to give them courage and hope during this persecution. There was really not much else the Holy See could do. On Nov. 18, 1926, the Pope sent the encyclical letter Iniquis Afflictisque (On the Persecution of the Church in Mexico) to offer prayers and encouragement during this difficult time.

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5 Responses to For Greater Glory: See the Movie and Read the Books

  • We should not think that what happened in Mexico cannot happen here in these United States. If Obama wins in November, then I doubt he will fear to follow in the path blazed by Plutaco Elias Calles. I understand that you, Donald, consider his victory unlikely and I wish I had your optimism.

  • Considering that Romney is now leading Obama in blue state Wisconsin Paul according to the latest Rasmussen poll, I am beginning to think that my optimism is too pessimistic. I suspect that a landslide is shaping up against the South Side Messiah.

  • No. It won’t be the same here and now.

    Calles was a mason.

    Obama was raised (formative years) in Indonesia among communists, hippies, and Muslims.

    I will buy the book.

    Prepare, as best you can, for the Obama economic apocalypse.

  • T Shaw, as though having Wall street investors bet more money than exists in the world is not already economic failure, You know that Wall street investors in total bet something like a trillion dollars? and so now know one can pay of the debt which is impossible to pay because there is not enough money to pay for it, but adding more money would just lower the currency. Obama will be more like economic, cultural, and American apocalypse.

  • The good thing about communist governments is that they crash so easily so people don’t have to deal with evil that has structural integrity, which never seems to be the case because there is always something wrong and corosive in every evil.