Terry Jeffrey

He became the sidekick to Gen. Enrique Gorostieta, an agnostic, played by Garcia, who, for reasons of his own, signs up to lead the Cristeros.

"They basically hire him, ask him if he will come lead the cause," Garcia explained. "Although he wasn't religious, he did have a wife who was very religious. But he did believe in the right for religious freedom and the concept of absolute freedom."

In real life, Mexican troops captured Jose Sanchez Del Rio, tortured him and mocked him with the Cristero's rallying cry -- "Viva Cristo Rey!"

They stripped the skin off the soles of Jose's feet and forced him to walk to the local graveyard. "Once he arrived at the cemetery, Jose was asked once more if he would deny his faith," says the Vatican website. "The 14-year-old shouted out: 'Long live Christ the King!' and was summarily shot."

In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Jose Sanchez Del Rio and a dozen other Catholics martyred in 1920s Mexico. Like St. Thomas More of 16th century England, these 20th century Mexican heroes were killed by their government for refusing the government's command to act against their faith.

In 2012, Hollywood did not make the movie about Blessed Jose, Gen. Gorostieta and the Cristero rebellion. "It is being distributed independently and it's being financed independently," said Garcia. Nor could the makers of "For Greater Glory" have anticipated that less than two weeks before their movie was set to be released, 43 American Catholic dioceses and institutions -- including the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the University of Notre Dame -- would file 12 different lawsuits alleging that the Obama administration was attempting to force Catholics to act against their faith by commanding them to purchase and/or provide health care plans that cover sterilizations, artificial contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

Even without this powerful coincidence, "For Greater Glory" would have been worth going to see and taking your children to see. Long after the politicians in power in Washington today have gone the way of Plutarco Elias Calles, Americans will still be watching this movie.

Unlike most movies made today, it tells a story built to last.


Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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