— I WANTED TO SEND A CLEAR SIGNAL. I WANTED IT TO BE CLEAR: SOMETHING QUITE SPECIAL IS GOING ON HERE! HE IS HERE!, THE ONE BEFORE WHOM WE FALL TO OUR KNEES! PAY ATTENTION!..........
(Pope Benedict XVI explaining kneeling Communion to Peter Seewald)
I can't help believing that Cristiada's long awaited release, 01 JUN, is providential. The reviews from people lucky enough to have already seen it indicate:
It will evoke a loud chorus of "I had no idea!" (many well- meaning American Christians, Catholic and particularly anti-catholic, live under the comfortable lie that Catholicism is prominent in Mexico because it is the "State Relgion".)
(as I have written earlier) This film is going to" knock the snot out of the snotty!" It will certainly bring a flood of converts to the Catholic Faith, as serious American Christians view a truthful depiction of the faith and heroism and old-fahioned chilvary of Mexican peasants in the face of an atheistic regime.
Back in the seventies, Professor Meyer was warned by both gov't and Church officials that it would be better not to reveal the truth about the conflict, that Mexico couldn't handle the truth! Already, in Mexico, omplaints have been heard from Mexico's PRI party, (PRI plays a big roll in the film.) The truth is coming out!
Today's Catholic Answers' program featured Mr. Akin fielding questions. A caller complained that his church was, among other things, telling people to spit out their chewing gum at Mass. Mr. Akin -- instead of pointing out that communicants munching the Holy Fragments into their Wrigleys which will eventually end up in a trash bin is a SACRILEGE-- treated the caller as if he, the caller , were the wronged party!!
[ I paraphrase Akin ] " Just bring your legitimate concerns to your priest, if he listens, good , if he doesn't, then move to a less judgmental parish where you feel more at home."
The podcast is available at their website. It is the 10 May program, 2nd hour.
Raymond Arroyo interviewed Crisitiada actor Eduardo Verastagui on Arroyo's Thursday talk show. Mention was also made of the film's smashing success in its Mexican debut.
Verastagui did seem to want to distance himself from the militant actions of the film's main heros, the Cristero warriors. Instead Verastagui lauded the actions of the Catholic Bishops-who mediated the end of the conflict. Verastagui made no mention of how --after the Cristeros obediently laid down their arms and went to their homes--keeping their side of the bargain brokered by their own bishops---thousands of them were then hunted down and summarily executed.