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Catholics see a rallying cry for ‘religious freedom’ in ‘For Greater Glory’ film
Washington Post ^ | 5-24-12 | Lauren Markoe|

Posted on 05/28/2012 6:51:32 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

The film shows a burning crucifix, gun-toting priests and the torture of a young boy. And the Roman Catholic hierarchy is loving it.

The film, “For Greater Glory,” hits theaters on June 1 and tells a little known chapter of Mexican history — the Cristero War of 1926 to 1929, which pitted an army of devout Catholic rebels (led in the movie by Andy Garcia) against the government of Mexican President Plutarco Calles (played by Ruben Blades).

For Catholics enraged by the Obama administration’s proposed contraception mandate, the film about the Mexican church’s fight in 1920s is a heartening and timely cinematic boost in the American church’s battle to preserve “religious freedom” in 2012.

For other Catholics and non-Catholics, the film is, more simply, action, suspense and a good cast. Besides Garcia and Blades, there’s “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria and the legendary actor Peter O’Toole.

Endorsements for the film from Catholic leaders explicitly connect it to the current clash between church and state.

“’For Greater Glory’ is ‘must-see’ viewing for all those who care about faith and liberty today,” wrote Carl A. Anderson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, which put the film on the cover of its members’ magazine.

“It is a top-flight production whose message of the importance of religious freedom has particular resonance for us today,” added Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez.

Mexican real estate developer Pablo Jose Barroso, the devout Catholic who produced the film, was asked by the National Catholic Reporter if the film’s release — coinciding with the current activism on religious freedom — was “God’s timing.”

“This is the perfect time for this film,” he said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cristeros; knightsofcolumbus; mexicanoppression
Cast includes:

Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Eduardo Verastegui. What's not to love? (especially the latter)

1 posted on 05/28/2012 6:51:41 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Oh, yeah. Eduardo! I’m in.


2 posted on 05/28/2012 6:54:36 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The Greater Glory Trailer Use full screen.
3 posted on 05/28/2012 7:05:54 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: FrdmLvr

And Peter O’Toole. How could I forget him?


4 posted on 05/28/2012 7:07:13 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Geez, I don’t know who any of those people are. But I want to see the film.


5 posted on 05/28/2012 7:14:54 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The symbolic parallel of today's fight for religious freedom to this awesome true story of a rebellion of a people of faith against a tyrannical government is outstanding! The timing for this film's release is perfect.

Viva Christo Rey!

6 posted on 05/28/2012 7:19:02 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
A pro-Christian Hollyweird movie?

Hard to believe.

7 posted on 05/28/2012 7:19:18 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Bigg Red

Years ago I read a novel about this period in Mexico. I (like most people, including Mexicans) knew nothing about this war, but its effects linger today. I do know that my son-in-law’s grandparents escaped to Texas as newlyweds during this period because it was so dangerous to live in Monterrey.


8 posted on 05/28/2012 7:20:59 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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Ironic that fallen Catholic/self avowed nymphomaniac Longoria would appear in the film. That’s why they call it acting.


9 posted on 05/28/2012 7:24:41 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: BenLurkin

It was made in Mexico with Mexican underwriting. Hollyweird had little to do with it, except release it. I read elswhere that most mexican films are budgeted for $2 million. This one cost $20 million which necessitated a US release.


10 posted on 05/28/2012 7:27:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
For Catholics enraged by the Obama administration’s proposed contraception mandate, the film about the Mexican church’s fight in 1920s is a heartening and timely cinematic boost in the American church’s battle to preserve “religious freedom” in 2012.
Note the scare quotes the writer places around religious freedom. Pelosi put scare quotes around the whole concept of limited government with her “Are you serious?” response to the very idea of questioning the authority of Congress to mandate health insurance.
But when the administration tried to control the hiring and firing of church employees, SCOTUS rejected that notion 9-0. We shall see.

11 posted on 05/28/2012 7:27:28 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Good. I was “binging” the topic and found some interesting articles.
12 posted on 05/28/2012 7:37:24 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The Washington comPost puts "religious freedom" in quotes like as if it is some violent, fringe, crackpot ideology that is a clear and present danger to rational people.
13 posted on 05/28/2012 7:38:22 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Andy Garcia is a very admirable man. He was never into the Hollywood thing. It was a job. It was his family that was important.


14 posted on 05/28/2012 7:44:14 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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Cristero War ping to self


15 posted on 05/28/2012 8:10:36 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: BenLurkin
A pro-Christian Hollyweird movie?

Impossible. Right?

16 posted on 05/28/2012 8:14:21 AM PDT by GOPJ ( "A Dog In Every Pot" - freeper ETL)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Eva Longoria is also an organizer for the Obama 2012 campaign.


17 posted on 05/28/2012 8:27:01 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“a heartening and timely cinematic boost in the American church’s battle to preserve “religious freedom” in 2012”

I love it! Talk about unintended consequences...


18 posted on 05/28/2012 8:30:28 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw hard line"...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

BTTT for later.


19 posted on 05/28/2012 8:37:11 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Back in the 1940s, I read a Mexican novel in Spanish class called Pensativa by Jesus Goytortua about the Christeros rebellion. I'm not Catholic, but I found the novel very moving. I never forgot it.
20 posted on 05/28/2012 8:39:29 AM PDT by Hiddigeigei ("Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish," said Dionysus - Euripides)
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To: anoldafvet
Eva Longoria is also an organizer for the Obama 2012 campaign.

Why be diverted by triviality?

21 posted on 05/28/2012 8:59:53 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
St. Miguel Pro is one of my personal heroes. I can't wait to see this movie.
22 posted on 05/28/2012 9:15:24 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Thanks for the link. From your link:
Finally, Article 130 took away basic civil rights of members of the clergy: priests and religious were prevented from wearing their habits, were denied the right to vote, and were not permitted to comment on public affairs in the press. Most of the anti-clerical provisions of the constitution were removed in 1998.

That answers a qustion I have had. I knew about the prohibition of clerical dress in public because my church had a nun who went to work in Mexico in 1966. The ladies' guild gave her a "shower" to provide her with street clothes, a wig, and simple jewelry so that she could serve in Mexico. Yet, my pastor, who vacations in Mexico annually, seems to have never heard of this rule (circa 2012) because I've asked him about it. I knew the rule was still in place in the 1970s because we were living in TX at that time and the priest who served in our parish did extensive missionary work in Mexico.

23 posted on 05/28/2012 1:15:18 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Not surprisingly, I don't recall a good historical epic during the last years under the Obama regime.

Hope this will be a good one.

24 posted on 05/28/2012 5:58:23 PM PDT by what's up
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Saw it last night. I highly recommend it! There’s even a line where the General says to Jose, the boy, something like “if I had a son he’d be just like you!” I wonder if ‘Fearless Reader’ attended an early screening of the film.


25 posted on 06/02/2012 12:49:30 PM PDT by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Yet, my pastor, who vacations in Mexico annually, seems to have never heard of this rule (circa 2012) because I've asked him about it. I knew the rule was still in place in the 1970s because we were living in TX at that time and the priest who served in our parish did extensive missionary work in Mexico.

After JPII visited Mexico in 1979 the rules were relaxed, but prior to that no clerical grab was allowed in public. I heard this from a Polish priest I met in Mexico in 1985, though he was not wearing clerics when in public.

26 posted on 06/02/2012 1:16:32 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: oldfart

I hope to see it this week. I couldn’t see it at home when it opened because we wwre preparing to leave town for a couple of weeks. But I fully intend to find a theatre in the town where we are staying and will see this movie. In the mean time, I am re-reading a novel set in the period and dealing with a lot of issues of the day.


27 posted on 06/03/2012 4:52:48 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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