Saturday, August 01, 2015

'Cristiada' or 'For Greater Glory'


You might enjoy this video: 'Cristiada' or 'For Greater Glory', I did but it portrays the struggle of the Mexican Cristeros, through a very thick Hollywood lens.

17 comments:

Just another mad Catholic said...

Oh how I wish for a good war in our time between the earthly pawns of the devil and Children of Light. I'm tired with the passive-aggressive hypocrisy of the LGTB community pretending that they're the victims whilst trying to silence the voices of Truth. Like the socialist pansies of the 2nd Spanish Republic they'd flee in terror when confronted with REAL Men intent on establishing the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.God please send us another Franco, another Jan Sobieski (compliments to his descendants to whom you minister Father) or Don Jaun of Austria, I'm sure that I'm not the only reader of this blog who'd willingly exchange pen and quill for Rifle and Bayonet.

JARay said...

Have you only just seen it Father? I have had a copy on both BluRay and DVD for over a year now. I have lent it to several friends also. I very much enjoyed seeing it and I believe that it is very close to what actually happened in Mexico in the decade before the Spanish Civil War and I strongly suggest that both events were closely linked.

Oakes Spalding said...

In my view, it may be a thick Hollywood lens (because it's Hollywood) but it's the most straight ahead pro-Catholic and pro-Christian Hollywood film in two generations. Or rather, what I mean is that it's not even really "pro" but rather simply portrays an historical event involving Catholicism without the usual secular cynicism and snark, and in accurate terms without "whitewashing" or recasting anti-Catholic hate.

Paul Hellyer said...

Then the Church was persecuted in bloody way. Today the persecution is more subtle. Unbloody but still claiming victims. Aided by her enemies within .

Victoria said...

From what I have read, only a few of the Church hierarchy supported the Cristeros.

Childermass said...

The film received funding from the Knights of Columbus. Father is right about the thick Hollywood lens but I enjoyed it, especially Peter O'Toole, in one of his last roles as a martyred priest.

Oh how I would love to see a film made depicting the Pilgrimage of Grace!

Badum-tish! said...

Hmm. The Cristeros went on to mount a campaign against unarmed teachers, killing them and mutilating them. Meanwhile you have commenters asking asking for a new Franco. Do you think you might be unbelievably politically naive and ignorant, Father? Or would you also like torture, murder and terror to be part of the Catholic ethos?

Pelerin said...

I thought the film was magnificent and brought to our attention historical events virtually unknown to us in Britain. I was disappointed not being able to find a cinema showing it here but was lucky to see it in France last year some two years after its distribution in America. Apparently it was a flop in Spain and French cinemas were reluctant to show it for some time. Eventually those that did played to packed houses.

I urge people to watch right to the end as behind the credits are projected original photographs from the period which I found extremely moving. There was a deathly silence in the cinema as the credits rolled and the audience realised that they were looking at real people and events from that violent period.

Nicolas Bellord said...

Badum-tish: Father recommends a film. You call him politically naïve and ignorant. Where is your evidence for doing so?

Pablo the Mexican said...

Blogger Nicolas Bellord said...
Badum-tish: Father recommends a film. You call him politically naïve and ignorant. Where is your evidence for doing so?...

It is a Freemason account of history.

No good comes from the Father of Lies.

In this history, even Professors of Mexican History have the story wrong

90% of my family was killed in Mexico by American Freemason attacking Holy Mother Church.

They were killed while attending Mass.

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Lynda said...

I watched the film with a Catholic group about 3 years ago. There was a relic and photograph of the young boy Saint on a table next to the screen. After the film, I discovered that a Mexican girl I had known for some time had a great grand uncle who had been canonised for his martyrdom for the Faith in 1927. He was a young zealous priest who gladly went into a dangerous parish to do God's Holy Will. His name is St Turibio Romo. Dear St Turibio, intercede on behalf of all the persecuted Faithful and for us that we may be sent holy priests, willing to suffer and die to save souls.

Lynda said...

Dear Pablo, that is terrible and beautiful. What an example of faith for you to live up to! What graces must have come from such sacrifice.

Badum-tish! said...

Nicolas- try reading my comment again; that's not what I said. Fr Ray decided to 'big up' a film without any comment about the probable realities of the situation, unless I misunderstood the 'holywood gloss' comment. Many of the group were violent, murderous fanatics. They killed defenceless people, including teachers, and mutilated their dead bodies.

Being both English and Catholic, I'm guessing Fr Ray is also left-wing, politically. As such, he knows a big problem for Catholics in Europe and the U.S. Is shedding its links with the a atrocious evil that infested the church and is apparent in the actions of Franco, the hierarchies in South and Cantral America, the actions of the Church in Ireland and the U.S.

The comment by Just Another Mad Catholic is offensive, and I would have liked Fr Ray to take him/her to task.

The comment by Pablo the Mexican, with his conspiracy theory ramblings, really sums up how deluded many traditionalist Catholics are.

Nicolas Bellord said...

Badum-tish: I have read your comment again and what you wrote was: "Do you think you might be unbelievably politically naive and ignorant, Father?" That is a rhetorical comment suggesting that Father might be such. I asked for evidence. You now say that Fr Ray is possibly left-wing! (I am not sure whether 'Being both English and Catholic' is a reference to yourself or Father?) You then take that as being fact and suggest he should know about the 'problems' you mention which seem to cover a lot of ground. Personally I know nothing about the Cristeros and judging from what is on the internet there seems to very opposing views which do not shed much light on the matter. As to Franco I agree he was a pretty appalling fellow in the number of deaths he caused but then he was reacting to equally appalling atrocities by the Republicans. Think of the number of priests and nuns murdered by them and the Churches desecrated long before Franco came on the scene. I am afraid Spain has been a divided country between the Church and anti-clericals right back to the time of Napoleon. Read the Earl of Carnavon's (a protestant) description of the murdering of the clergy in the Carlist wars. As to the Church and Franco it is worth reading Bernanos's "Cimetieres sous la lune" about the Nationalist atrocities on Majorca (long before Franco appeared) and how shocked the Catholics were when Pope Pius XI issued 'Mit Brennender Sorge' which made it plain that the Church did not support them. But in the end, however much one might deplore some of what Franco did, was it not preferable that the Nationalists won and Spain was not converted into a Stalinist Communist dictatorship? At least Franco, with much persuasion from Salazar, kept Spain from joining Germany and Italy in WWII.

Just another mad Catholic said...

Badum-tish!

What part of my comment do you find offensive? That I am tired with the passive-aggressive persecution of the Church at the hands of people who commit violent acts against nature? That I yearn for a Jan Sobieski or Franco of our day to rise up and defend the people of God, by force if necessary?

Only today a 'conservative' MP has suggested that so called extremism disruption orders be applied to Christian teachers who teach that marriage is between one man and one woman, I would love to ask him how he expects these EDO's to tackle extremism, for me the news is likely only to push me further down that path.

Fr Ray Blake said...

ReelMusic ..
I have not censored your previous comment, there is no facility to do so, either a comment is published in entirety or not. I have decided not to publish your latest.

Pablo the Mexican said...

The Jew, Plutarco Calles asked five of his Generals:

"Why are you quitting?"

Their reply was, whenever they set upon a Cristero encampment, a woman and a man on white horses would come towards them decimating their troops. When shot at, the bullets would go right through this woman and man.

The Holy Mother and Saint James the Apostle.

This movie is a Freemason made movie mocking Our Lord.

Placing the crucifix in the Tequila is blasphemy and sacrilege, as bad as dropping it into urine.

It is a signal to Freemasons the Jew and the General were Freemason Brothers.

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