No wonder the majority of Mexicans were illiterate as the Catholic Church operated the educational system and communism and Christianity cannot co-exist.
We saw it last weekend here in Los Angeles. It is very well done, gripping, so moving. I lived in Mexico City after high school and studied Latin American history to some depth, as well as speaking Spanish fluently. I was never taught this history.
Many of the priests and nuns, convents-full, came to southern California during this era, another fact I had never known until 2 years ago, when this history was presented at the local retreat center near our Catholic church.
Saw the movie a week ago Friday and thought it was very well done. I did not know anything about this aspect of Mexican history. Very sad that America supported the commies.
Homeschooling parents may find this intersting. Some may want to include this in the history cirriculum, or at least introduce it to their children and gague their reactions.
It’s an excellent movie, and few people in either the US or Mexico know about this period of history. Incidentally, the US supported Calles against the Cristeros and sent him weaponry and airplanes to use against the Catholics.
Few people know that the “Republicans” (who were dominated by Communists and finally actually run and supplied by Russia) in Spain killed more than 13,000 priests, nuns and Catholic lay leaders before Franco was successful in putting a stop to it. Again, guess which side the US supported...or at any rate, which side was supported by US “intellectuals” and leaders, although we never provided any official military support.
After the movie, we all said this is so very pertinent to today's attempt by Obama and his minions to supress Christianity in this country.
Interesting that upon return of control of real estate assets to the church, the church apparently gave up support for the Cristeros. I had read that somewhere else too. Also, many Cristeros fled to California, particularly Los Angeles. Made a great work out of California and LA in particular, they did.
The Mexican government was waging war on the Catholic Church. The vast majority of Christians in Mexico at the time were Catholics, but I have read that some American Protestants were happy with the anti-Catholic policies, thinking that they would give them the chance to win Mexican Catholics to Protestant churches. I don’t know whether they did in fact make any appreciable number of converts, but President Calles was an honored guest at the White House in 1924. I’ve seen a photo of him standing in front of the White House flanked by President Coolidge and former President Taft.
By October the boycott had collapsed, due mainly to lack of support from rich Catholics. (As the rebellion progressed, rich Catholics became almost as hated as the anticlerical government.) As one Guadalajara merchant put it: "I'm a businessman and I have obligations. I'm losing money because of this damn boycott." Rich Catholics also incurred anger by paying the federal army for protection and calling on police to break up the boycotters' picket lines.
From here: Click here for the source.
This atrocity completely turned public opinion against the Cristeros. In Los Altos, the rebellion's focal area, the government adopted a policy of "reconcentration," where civilians were ordered into population centers and the countryside was declared a free-fire zone. In this manner the government could confiscate food and livestock and prevent a sympathetic civilian population from feeding the rebels. By summer of 1927 the rebellion was virtually over.
Also from the above posted source: Click here to read more.
Always good to search out the WHOLE truth, and not what selectively pleases us.
Wife and I saw it last Sunday. It is simply one of the best movies I’ve ever watched. It has an engaging plot, complex and interesting characters, a solid historical basis, and action.