The film “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada,” starring Andy Garcia, Mauricio Kuri, Eva Longoria, Eduardo Verástegui, Peter O’Toole, Santiago Cabrera and Oscar Isaac, is now available on DVD and very timely as Catholics, some 25 percent of the U.S. population, prepare to vote on November 6. Verástegui, who plays Blessed Anacleto Gonzalez Flores, and Kuri, who plays Blessed José Luis Sanchez del Rio, both actors from our neighboring country Mexico, spoke to Crisis about the film.
“For Greater Glory” tells the true but widely unknown twentieth-century story of Los Cristeros (the Men of Christ), the Feminine Brigades of St. Joan of Arc, the Union Popular, and the National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty, who laid their lives on the line to defend the Catholic Church against Mexico’s Marxist government during the 1920s. These Catholics could have escaped torture and execution by denying Christ. Instead, their rallying cry was “Viva Cristo Rey!”—“Long live Christ the King!”
Today in the United States, President Obama and his administration are imposing socialist dictates upon the Catholic Church, organizations and individual citizens, including orders to violate the fundamental human right to life. Shortly before this ensued, Pope Benedict warned the Catholic bishops of the United States about coming assaults on the Church and urged them to fight the good fight.
In part, the Holy Father said: “[I]t is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres.”
See the rest of my story @ http://www.crisismagazine.com/2012/new-for-greater-glory-dvd-reveals-what-it-means-to-be-church-militant
PS The Cristiada – the Cristeros War – ended with a terribly flawed peace agreement brokered by the United States. Heartbreakingly, President Calvin Coolidge’s ambassador required the Cristeros to disarm while he arranged the sale of machine guns to the federales, who hunted and killed most Cristeros during and after the war.
So “For Greater Glory” shines light on the importance of American presidents in domestic and foreign policies. For example, consider the “Fast and Furious” operation under President Barack Obama – the U.S. policy of ordering retailers to sell weapons to criminals based in Mexico – weapons used to murder U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and God knows how many others in both countries.
And Mexico’s anti-Catholic Constitution still stands as a threat. The current president, Felipe Calderon, is fearlessly Catholic and refuses to enforce its anti-clerical provisions. However, Catholics still fear their government in case a Marxist is elected president.
See trailer below and see link to my WND story @ http://www.anitacrane.com/blog/do-not-miss-for-greater-glory/