22 Jun Mexico’s Lost Catholic History
REGINA: The Church in Mexico has an amazing history, but are Mexicans today aware of this? Are they taught about the early missionaries, the Cristeros Martyrs, how the Church formed the first universities in Mexico?
Fr. Jonathan Romanoski: In general the Masons, who since Benito Juárez have stolen the government of Mexico, usurping for themselves all church property as well, have made an endless campaign via the media and public education to spread their “leyendas negras” (black legends) against their Hispanic and catholic identity, and thus in the public schools they might only mention in one paragraph that there was some sort of economic conflict between the Church and the state at that time.
However in the states of Jalisco, Michoacán and Zacatecas for example, where the Cristero resistance was strongest, the memory lives on thanks to the many saints that have been canonized. Just in this area there are more than 25 canonized saints, devotion to whom keeps their story and testimony alive, an inspiration for many vocations.
Fr. Jonathan Romanoski: It is important for the American reader, disinclined to believe in conspiracy theories, to understand that Freemasonry has been responsible for violently warring against countries that were entirely Catholic so as to destroy Catholic culture, dethroning Christ as King, and exalting man, as an anti-Christ, in his place. This war is simply the modern history of Mexico as it is of so many western countries, as one can confirm not only in good history books, like the treatment of Jean Myer on the Cristiada but also in the Church’s magisterial teachings, c.f. Humanum Genus, Leo XIII.
Maria Albers: No, Mexicans today are not aware of how rich the history of Catholicism in Mexico is, and I don't think they will ever be if that lukewarm attitude continues. Mexico was chosen by God to host the greatest of gifts: Our Lady of Guadalupe. As for the rich Catholic history Mexico has, Mexicans today should be on their knees thanking God for Mexico's role in the Catholic Faith and fighting for it till the end. Being Catholic, a privilege, has simply been taken for granted in Mexico through time.
Maria Albers: You must remember, too, that even though most politicians from the perennially-ruling party PRI claim to be Catholic, they are not. Most of them are either atheists or practice Masonry. They have not wanted the Catholic Faith to be strong, on the contrary, they want it alive enough to appease the people, but never too strong to ever have another Cristero War. Unless you are educated in a Catholic institution, history will be taught to you with the least religious/spiritual input possible. No admiration, devotion, appreciation or pride for the Faith will be injected in your soul at all.
Ricardo Lara and Nathaly Robles: Beginning in 1823, when the Mexican Empire of Agustín I finished, Masonry took control of the government. Ever since, they have been feeding us the black legend of Spain, in public schools they teach us how bad the Spaniards were, and how the missionaries killed the natives. So, just a few people can learn about the missionaries and the Pontificia University. About the Cristeros war, the history books say nothing, so most of the people didn't know anything about it, until the movie “For Greater Glory” was on movie theaters. Definitely our Church has a rich legacy but, because of lay education, most of the people are not interested.
Derik Castillo Guajardo: Mandatory education in the elementary grades does not focus on the Church, because it has been laicized. It has been written to teach that the separation of Church and state, and the expropriation of Church property was a good thing for the country. This is why many people does not know the history of the Church very well. It takes a personal interest to learn it.
Matthew Cullinan Hoffman: Mexicans are misled terribly by the country’s system of public education, which distorts or ignores much of the history of the Catholic Church in Mexico. Mention is made of various historical events but they are often cursory and brief and give a false impression about the importance of the Church. This is particularly true of the Cristiada, a war to defend the Catholic Church against the oppression of the country’s president, Plutarco Elías Calles. It’s the second most devastating war in the history of Mexico but is only given a very short treatment in school texts, as if it were of little interest.
Matthew Cullinan Hoffman: On the other hand, the stealing of the lands of the Church and the elimination of its privileges and rights by the liberal, Masonic regime of President Benito Juárez in the 19th century and his successors is celebrated as if it were a great liberation from an antiquated, obscurantist regime of religiosity in Mexico.
Matthew Cullinan Hoffman: Mexicans have been brainwashed for well over a century now by this continuous propaganda campaign. Although there is a small sector of the society in which the true history of the country has been preserved, the vast majority would never have a clue about the crucial role of the Church in the country’s history and development.
Frank and Irene Denke: While there are Catholic Schools, the (Masonic) Government has provided the majority of students a very secular, low cost education since the time of the “Cristeros”, and those attending government schools are not taught about their Catholic past fully or honestly. They are taught only the government version regarding the faith — that is, a version clearly opposed to the Catholic Faith.
Frank and Irene Denke: The cost of a Catholic education can be out of reach, especially at the University level. To our knowledge, only Opus Dei provides a higher, but equal education to two separate groups: those who have been raised in a rich environment, and those who haven’t, and the cost is proportionate.