‘For Greater Glory’ is a ‘strong film with a timely message’ about religious liberty, says archbishop

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez at premiere of “For Greater Glory.” (CNS photo/Reuters)

It’s not every day a Catholic archbishop welcomes a host of Hollywood celebrities at a movie premiere, but that was the scene on the red carpet May 31, when Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez greeted the stars of the new movie “For Greater Glory,” among them Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria and Eduardo Verastegui. The film, opening yesterday in theaters, is about the 1920s Cristero Rebellion in Mexico.

“The anti-Catholic persecutions in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s are long forgotten, it seems. The reality is hard to believe,” the archbishop wrote in his May 29 column for The Tidings, newspaper of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. “Just a generation ago, not far from our borders, thousands of men, women and even children, were imprisoned, exiled, tortured and murdered. All for the ‘crime’ of believing in Jesus Christ and wanting to live by their faith in him.

“So I welcome the new film, ‘For Greater Glory.’ It tells the dramatic story of this unknown war against religion and our church’s heroic resistance. It’s a strong film with a timely message. It reminds us that our religious liberties are won by blood and we can never take them for granted.”

Catholic News Service reviewer John Mulderig echoed that sentiment in his review: The Mexican government’s tyrannical interference with religious liberty, while obviously far more extreme than anything taking place north of the border today, nonetheless carries a sobering resonance with current events.

“If the film can be taken as a cautionary tale about where excessively zealous, overweening secularism can lead a nation, the warning is a stark one.”

The Catholic Church has canonized 25 martyrs of the rebellion and beatified even more. The most famous of the martyrs is St. Toribio Romo Gonzalez, a popular patron of Mexican migrants. On March 25,  the second full day of his two-day visit to Mexico before he traveled to Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in Silao, in the central state of Guanajuato, the country’s Catholic heartland and a stronghold of the 1920s Cristero Rebellion.

6 Responses

  1. My wife and I just saw the film. It touched us deeply and made us realize how Christ must be the center of our lives, as it was for the Cristero martyrs.

  2. Excellent

  3. I hope the film will be shown in UK. But I suspect it won’t make it here!

    It has been a big secret kept from the British by our anti-Catholic media. Even though well loved Brit movie legend Peter O’Toole has a major role in the film it has not made any news item on BBC film reviews, or on the coverage of Cannes.
    I imagine they were completely amazed to imagine that a new movie about Catholics has been made, and horror of horrors it’s on their side! “oh dear oh dear, whatever next! Better keep that one under wraps” .

  4. My wife and I were blessed to see this great movie yesterday, Sunday, June 3rd. Outstanding on all accounts: acting, inspirational, action, plot, and on and on. Let this movie be an example for the movie industry leadership: the list of well over 1000 saints of the Catholic Church has the potential of giving the public access to a vast quantity of outstanding movies of principled centered heroes whom all of us can imitate and thus contribute to the betterment of society. What great examples we can pass on to our youth.

  5. This For Greater Glory is a must see for all Catholics and Christians believers because we could understood of how some of our ancesters were cold blooded murdered because of their faith. I w
    as deeply touch.
    Excellent made

  6. I was able to see the movie yesterday afternoon…I was saddened and surprised to be one of only 5 people in the theatre. School’s out–where were the people?
    Although not a Roman Catholic but Christian; a human being, this movie has superlative meaning. The acting was great, sure, but the Truth overwhelming. Remember: “First they came for the______”
    This is one of the movies I would/will buy for my home.
    Does anyone know the Medal Jose’s Mother gave him as he left to join the Christeros? The round gold one he left behind when taken by the Federales?
    Please go, take a child who’s important to you. Let them see you cry…and for all the right reasons, you will cry.

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