25 November 2012

Viva Christo Rey!

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King!

The origins of this solemnity are rooted in the Cristero War (1926-28), a war fought btw the socialist federal government of Mexico and faithful Catholics who opposed the gov't's attempt to suppress religious liberty.

The anti-clerical laws were passed by President Plutarco Elias Calles, a life-long atheist, fervent Free Mason, and Marxist.  Under the pretense of expelling "foreign influences," Calles murdered bishops, priests, religious men and women, and destroyed hundreds of churches.  Lay Catholics were not exempted from the butchery. . .thousands were martyred as well. 

The Catholic rebels took as their battle cry, "Viva Christo Rey!" In 1926, Pope Pius XI issued the encyclical, Quas primas, instituting the Solemnity of Christ the King.

The 2012 film Cristiada (For Greater Glory) depicts the Cristero War.

Today would be the perfect day to watch this film with family and pray in defense of our religious liberty!

(On a more personal note:  today is significant for me b/c I attribute my priestly vocation to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Cristeros.)

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  1. Are you need this sink hole?

    Are lives lost?

    1. Faith, that's about 120 miles from Lakeview. No danger for us here. Not sure if anyone's been hurt by this.

  2. Father, what's the Church's current teaching on the Social Reign of Christ the King? Did Vatican II supersede Quas Primas? I'm genuinely confused about this issue because I thought Pope Pius XI had set up the Feast of Christ the King in 1925 specifically to promote that doctrine. Now the focus seems to be eschatological only.

    1. Pat, generally, councils don't supercede Popes and vice-versa. You have to figure out how they are compatible. Lovely work if you can get it.

      As I understand it: the kingdom is not the Church, nor is Christ to be understood as King in any secular sense. The Church's job--as the Body of Christ the King--is to prepare the world for his eschatological reign. IOW, it's not the Church's job is figure out how to govern nations or groups of nations. We are charged with living now as if we were already in heaven with Christ.