Spanish Civil War
Eighty years ago the Spanish Civil War began on July 17, 1936 with elements of the Spanish military rising against the leftist government. Rorate Caeli has been running a series on the murderous persecution of the Church in the Spanish Republic. Go here to read it. Here is the victory message of the Pope at the conclusion of the Spanish Civil War that Rorate Caeli published:
«CON INMENSO GOZO»
OF HIS HOLINESS
(April 14, 1939)
One of the most irritating aspects of life for faithful American Catholics over the past several decades has been how quiet most of our bishops have been in the face of outrageous attacks on the Church. Too many of our bishops have acted as if they had their spines surgically removed upon consecration. Fortunately there have always been a handful who have been willing to speak out and suffer the media attacks that then ensue, along with the ambushes of heterodox Catholics frequently eager to lend a hand to anti-Catholics in their ceaseless war against the Church. One of the more outspoken bishops is Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who has never been afraid to proclaim the truth, and to do so eloquently. He is at it again over at First Things.
On Sunday I received a request from a Catholic blogger for my suggestions for readings in regard to the Spanish Civil War, a subject which I have always found fascinating. Here is my response:
The go to man on the Spanish Civil War is Stanley Payne. He has been writing on the conflict since the Fifties. He interviewed many of the leaders of the various factions in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. Originally a man of the Left, I think it would be fair now to call him a conservative, but what he is above all is a first class historian.
The following is courtesy of ThePulp.it:
The Speaker and the Scholars – Carson Holloway, Catholic Vote
Torture Didn’t Lead Us to Bin Laden – Matthew J. Franck, First Things
The Meatless Mark of Identity Restored – Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons
Subsidiarity, Funding, and the Arts – Jordan J. Ballor, Acton Institute
Addressing the Church’s Attrition Problem – Margaret Cabaniss, Crisis Mag
Playing the Bully Card – Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum
A Real Person Can Truly Love – Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars
Comedy Movie Night – Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic
The US/Pakistan Tightrope – George Friedman, MercatorNet
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UPDATE at the BOTTOM
The famous director of the movies The Mission and The Killing Fields, Roland Joffe, has just released a trailer teaser to his new film he is producing that encapsulates the early life of Saint Josemaria Escriva.
The film is about a news reporter investigating the life of his father where he discovers that his father was a lifelong friend of Saint Josemaria Escriva.
A new movie about Saint Josemaria Escriva’s early years placed during the Spanish Civil War has been produced and will be released in 2010 A.D. titled, There Be Dragons.
Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in 1902 A.D. in Barbastro, Spain. Later at the age of 26 in Madrid Saint Josemaria started the apostolate that would eventually be called the Work of God, or simply Opus Dei, in pre-Civil War Spain in October of 1928 A.D. Opus Dei would experience delays in progress with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 A.D. This is the period that the setting of the movie is placed in.
A film based on Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, is being filmed in Argentina titled, There Be Dragons. The movie is set in the years running up and including the Spanish Civil War.
There Be Dragons is being directed by Roland Joffe, the same director who filmed The Mission which starred Robert Di Niro and Jeremy Irons about Jesuit missionaries in 18th century South America. The movie will Scottish star Dougray Scott of Mission Impossible II fame as a reporter and English star Charlie Cox as the saint himself.
Father John Wauck of Opus Dei seems to be the adviser to Mr. Joffe. Mr. Joffe rejected an earlier script provided by Opus Dei for one that he wrote and has said he experienced no interference whatsoever from the personal prelature which is funding the film.
The expected release date is Summer or Autumn of next year (2010).
To read more about the film, There Be Dragons, by The Catholic Herald of Britain click here.
To learn more about Saint Josemaria Escriva de Blaguer click here.
To learn more about Opus Dei click here.
To read more about the film The Mission click here.
For more information on There Be Dragons click here.