Few Americans—and amazingly few Mexicans—are aware of the epic, three-year struggle to save the Catholic faith that convulsed Mexico in the 1920s. Fewer still are aware of the key players in this dramatic event that came to be known as “La Cristiada,” or “The Cristero War”.
Mexico has a long and fascinating history. In 1924, a deadly period was ushered in by the tenure of President Plutarco Elias Calles. This shift catalyzed the period known as the Maximato. It was during the Maximato that La Cristiada took place.
As Catholics begin to feel the noose tightening around their own necks here in 2018, it seems somehow appropriate to remind ourselves of the persecution that may come, that please God never will, but that did come to our brothers and sisters in Mexico not so very long ago. May their example inspire us to stay strong and to never surrender that which meant everything to our fathers in the years and centuries leading up to the Second Vatican Council: the ancient traditions of the holy Catholic Faith, especially the old Latin Mass.
We’re wearing out Ezekiel’s Trumpet.
“Son of man, speak to your people and tell them: ‘Suppose I bring the sword against a land, and the people of that land choose a man from among them, appointing him as their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against that land and blows his trumpet to warn the people. Then if anyone hears the sound of the trumpet but fails to heed the warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head…”
People who write about the crisis in the Church are saying the same thing; a lot of people are getting it at last. What we really need now is a plan of action.
See Part I HERE
Can a Canonization Be Based on Dubiously-Miraculous “Miracles”?
Tomorrow, October 14, Pope Bergoglio, having already authorized Holy Communion for public adulterers and declared the death penalty immoral—flatly contradicting bimillennial Church teaching and practice in both cases—will declare that both Paul VI and Oscar Romero are saints the universal Church must venerate as such. Yet Paul VI unleashed an unprecedented liturgical debacle and the post-conciliar revolution in general, over which he spent the rest of his life weeping and wringing his hands while faith and discipline rapidly collapsed all around him. Whereas Romero, a complex figure one cannot honestly call a Marxist, was not assassinated on account of hatred of the Faith as such, but rather on account of his public agitation against the government of El Salvador, then in the midst of a civil war with Marxist revolutionaries. Nor has it ever been determined with certainty which side of the conflict was responsible for his murder, for which no one has ever been prosecuted or even identified definitively as a suspect.