Saturday, 26 May 2012
For Greater Glory
I. According to the religious liberties established under article 24, educational services shall be secular and, therefore, free of any religious orientation. II. The educational services shall be based on scientific progress and shall fight against ignorance, ignorance's effects, servitudes, fanaticism and prejudice.
There were extensive provisions for state control of religion but matters simmered quietly until atheist president Calles enacted severe repressive laws and enforced them rigorously. The resulting popular uprising is known as the Cristeros War and it has been mostly ignored in media until now. The movie For Greater Glory, starring Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria, tells the story of the Cristeros War. It opens on June 1 though I cannot use the website's theater finder for local venues.
The aftermath of the Cristeros War has been significant. Many of the Cristeros fled to the US where they formed a sizable community in Los Angeles. The priest shortage in Mexico reached critical proportions by the 1930's with some 334 government licensed priests for the entire nation by 1934. Many states had no priest at all.
Meanwhile back in the Great White North our own difficulties with the secularizers are not quite in the same league as the situation in 1920's Mexico. True, the government has just decided to force gay straight alliances on Catholic schools in spite of efforts on the part of the bishops to find a compromise. Each time an article is published on this conflict, the tone of the comments following it are decidedly anti-Catholic. Mind you, the Americans are ahead of us as usual. The conflict with the secularizing forces there over the HHS mandate has escalated to the point of legal challenges to the law.
One can only hope that Catholics will stop bickering amongst themselves long enough to deal with the wolves at the gates.
For Greater Glory
Gay Straight Alliances
HHS Mandate Lawsuits