Next week I will be going to a preview of "For Greater Glory" (formerly titled "Cristiada"), a film that is being actively marketed to Catholic audiences--with an R rating! Sister Rose, our girl in Hollywood, explains:
pastoral associate just asked me if it was proper to post the poster
for the film FOR GREATER LOVE opening on June 1. The film is rated R
for 'war violence and some disturbing images'. Ratings are information
about content to guide parents. Here the 'R' rating is appropriate
because the violence, though in context and not exaggerated, is intense.
"This is the story of a war, the Cristero war, that
took place in Mexico between 1926-1929 over religious freedom and
persecution of religion, especially the Catholic Church. It is very well
acted and sheds light on not only Mexican history but the US part in
the story as well. Highlights the lives of two 'Blesseds': Jose Luis
Sanchez and Anacleto Gonzalez Flores."
A Vatican news item explains more: "The film, one of the biggest and most expensive in the history of
Mexican cinema, tracks the 1926-29 Cristeros War, when in an attempt to
stop the governments’ goal of secularising the nation and stamping out
the Catholic faith, ordinary people took up arms in a spontaneous
uprising. The revolt was sparked by anti-clerical legislation passed by
the Mexican President Plutarco Elías Calles. Under these laws church
property was seized, all foreign priests expelled, and the monasteries,
convents and religious schools closed. The persecution became so fierce
that in 1926 Calles ordered the original statue of Christ the King
destroyed." (During his March visit to Mexico, Pope Benedict celebrated Mass in the statue of the new statue in precisely the same location.)
Producer Pablo Jose Barroso commented about the timeliness of the release: "The movie is very important because it is about ordinary people
fighting for religious freedom, which is also a difficult issue in these
times, not only in the middle east where Christians are killed for
their faith but also for example in the United States were Catholics are
being forced to do things that go against their moral values', noted Barroso. 'I think it’s a very relevant story'."
Sr Rose adds a reminder: "("R" rating does not mean "bad"
automatically. It's about age appropriateness but only from the content
perspective - the rating does not address what the movie means.)"
Catholic sister (nun) of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international community founded in 1915 for evangelization in the world of communication. Singer, writer and speaker for Pauline Books & Media (US) currently working on digital projects for my community and its publishing ministry.