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The glories of secularism

Today the decree of canonization was issued for Saint Jose Sanchez Del Rio, the boy who would not deny Christ the King.

Points to remember: the Catholic hierarchy of Mexico, the bishops, refused to support the Cristeros.

The encyclical Quas primas, instituting the Feast of Christ the King, was issued on December 11, 1925, by Pope Pius XI in response to the suppression of Catholicism in Mexico.

The Mexican anticlerical laws are still on the books, but are not enforced.


10 thoughts on “The glories of secularism”

  1. IVAN SIGMUND says:

    FROM THE WEBSITE :¡viva-cristo-rey
    Bishops: Fight or Flight?

    Was this the effect that the bishops had desired? In the case of a few, perhaps, yes. Bishop Leopoldo Lara y Torres of Tacambaro wrote to Calles telling him that the bishops were prepared to seal their protest “in blood.” The fiery tactics of Bishop Francisco Orozco y Jiménez of Guadalajara made Rome nervous; he endured three exiles for his public opposition to the government. Bishop José de Jesús Manríquez y Zárate of Huejulta had been arrested once already for circulating tracts condemning Calles and for using his pulpit to denounce his administration. Bishop Zárate would later help supply the Cristeros, and he even considered taking the field with them. For most of the bishops, however, suspension of public worship was a non-violent protest designed to bring popular pressure on the government.

    The non-violent view was shared by Jose Anacleto Gonzáles Flores, the heroic scholar and founder of the Catholic-action organization the Unión Popular. As street demonstrations devolved into street violence, however, Flores reluctantly joined forces with the National League’s René Capistrán Garza in a nationwide call to arms. Flores told his followers that they were headed for Calvary.

    If one of you should ask me what sacrifice I am asking of you in order to seal the pact we are going to celebrate, I will tell you in two words: your blood. If you want to proceed, stop dreaming of places of honor, military triumphs, braid, luster, victories, and authority over others. Mexico needs a tradition of blood in order to cement its free life of tomorrow. For that work my life is available, and for that tradition I ask yours. (Bailey, ¡Viva Cristo Rey! , 110)

    Flores was martyred after an ordeal of brutal torture during which he was hung by his thumbs while federal soldiers skinned the soles of his feet. Before he died, he accomplished much more than organizing a military uprising. He and the leaders of the Unión Popular operated catechesis programs for children and adults and relief efforts for the poor. Flores understood that a military victory would be hollow if there were no Catholic Mexico to replace Revolutionary Mexico. He was beatified in 1999 by Pope John Paul II.

  2. Mark Chaplain says:

    !Viva Cristo Rey!

  3. RodH says:

    Bergoglio appears to go thru the motions of Catholicism while advancing the Revolution. I mean, he has a day job after all.

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  6. aged parent says:

    The Americans, with their stooge Poinsett, the US ambassador to Mexico at the time, were heavily involved in crushing the Cristeros, too. Lest we forget.

  7. Lynne says:

    “The Mexican anticlerical laws are still on the books, but are not enforced. ” yet…

  8. Hilary White says:

    Stopped clock effect?

    Didn’t care?


  9. Felix M says:

    So why did Bergoglio canonise him?

  10. Karl Corelli says:

    “…the Catholic hierarchy of Mexico, the bishops, refused to support the Cristeros. ” Something to remember next time we read news about the current apostasy.

  11. Magdalene says:

    Would that those who wear the scarlet, the red, the white, and the black in the holy Church would have such courage. Would that we little people with a Crucifix in one hand and the rosary in the other –for we must look always to Jesus Christ and Him crucified and to our holy Mother Mary– for too many shepherds have no voice with which to speak and lead souls to them. Would that we rosary praying, ridiculed, and ostracized ones may have the courage and love of God to stand up for Him no matter the price and now with the heavenly intercession of St. Jose Sanchez del Rio.

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