"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history."
Cardinal Francis George
MEXICO AND CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION
The film 'For the Greater Glory' is an epic chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929). Mexican Catholics took arms against the Mexican government's attempt to oppress the faith. Mexico’s Constitution was changed in 1917 to enact anticatholic laws.
Mexican President Plutarco Calles was a socialist atheist who wanted the Catholic and Christian influence on Mexican citizens to end. Calles sought a godless secular nation which would allow him to implement his brand of Marxism without the inevitable objection of the Church.
Calles sponsored a new faux church called the Apostolic Mexican Catholic Church (known by its Spanish acronym, ICAM), which would bend to his will of creating a secular utopia. (Adolf Hitler was inspired by ICAM to begin a German ‘Christian Church’ called the Reich Church. The Nazis intended to replace the troublesome Catholic and Lutheran Churches, which opposed their policies).
The American KKK financially supported Calles Catholic genocide. The US Knights of Columbus not only sent money and food, but fought alongside Mexican Knights of Columbus against the persecution.
In the Cristeros War, over 200,000 Catholic Christians were killed or martyred by 1930. Eventually Calles failed, but anticlericalism lingered in the Mexican culture.
In 2016, Mexico was the world’s most dangerous nation in which to be a Catholic priest. According to a recent report by the country’s Catholic Multimedia Centre, 38 priests have either died or vanished without trace in the past 25 years.
Mexico continues its persecution of Christians to this day. Mexican criminals and gangs have assassinated Catholic and Christian clergy who were attempting to promote Christian moral principles, social welfare and healthy drug free communities. The Mexican cartel considers themselves Catholic, but most cartel members practice and promote the Santeria religion. The cartel members worship a fictional drug lord ‘saint’ called Jesús Malverde.
The Vatican and Mexican Catholic Church condemn using religion to bless drug pushing, and participation of drug dealers in the sacraments. The Catholic Church encouraged protests of same sex marriage laws, passed in diverse parts of Mexico. Mexican politicians have balked at the Church interfering with their progressive agenda. Some Mexican politicians appear to be accessories after the fact in the murders of priests, even slandering their reputations to diminish national concern for the victims.
Mexico's failure to protect its own people from organized crime has retarded its growth and development as a nation, despite several US businesses relocating to Mexico under NAFTA. Mexicans are poorly educated and their homeland is in tatters.
The Mexican government has sought to relieve it's economic crisis by actively promoting illegal mass exodus of its' poor, uneducated and criminal element to the United States. Mexico has allowed unvetted illegal aliens from Central America and other nations, including Syrians and terrorists, to cross the border into the US. The US border is so porous that conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction are likely to have been imported.
Even the ‘vetted’ Mexican immigrants cannot be truly sanctioned: Professor Benjamin Smith, a scholar of Mexican history at England’s University of Warwick and author of three books on Mexican culture, estimates that while 20% of violent crimes are reported nationwide in Mexico, only 2% are actually prosecuted.
“The cartels commit these crimes because they can,” Smith said in recent interview. “There’s such impunity; it’s totally off the grid.”
The once prosperous State of California has gone nearly bankrupt to provide essential services for migrants. The United States Southwest and some American cities have experienced an explosion in crime and drug pushing by undocumented and unassimilated immigrants.
The American Southwest is gradually moving toward becoming a defacto Mexican state. As Mexico collapses, New Mexico is becoming one of the poorest places in North America. Arizona and Texas have seen an increase in crime and poverty.
A growing Reconquista movement seeks either reunification of American Southwest states with Mexico, or becoming its own independent nation. The Aztlán movement throws off Christianity as a remnant of Spanish imperialism and seeks to implement an unchristian nation.
In response, Americans are increasingly turning away from Christianity and embracing the philosophy of identify politics. Not surprisingly, racial tensions have led to violence, and Muslim 'no-go' zones are appearing in the US and Canada.
Soon, the US will be as dangerous a place to live as Mexico. Regions will seriously consider succession since the government cannot fulfill its primary duty: safety for its citizens.
The persecution and marginalization of the Church in Mexico, and the USA, has not been a tool of post-modern progress as some would have you believe. In fact, it has helped to destabilize the North American continent.