Christopher Check: The Cristeros and the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution
In the early part of the 20th Century a profound evil gripped Mexico. Masonic, Marxist revolutionaries, who were nothing less than the enemies of Jesus Christ, seized control of the government and attempted to destroy the Catholic Church. They very nearly succeeded. In the midst of the terror, courageous priests clandestinely made their way through the countryside dispensing the sacraments and preaching the Gospel to the Mexican faithful. Many received the crown of martyrdom; the most famous is Blessed Miguel Pro. As these holy priests, ever in danger of their lives, fulfilled the duties of their divine vocations, an army of laymen rose up and challenged the godless Mexican government.
They were the Cristeros. Their battle cry was “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” Their tale is one of the great Catholic war stories of all time, and it is one all Christians should know because the brutal persecution of the Church in Mexico may well foreshadow that which is to come in the United States.
Please join us to hear Chris Check present on the Cristeros at the Augustine Institute on March 21 at 7:00. Stations of the Cross will precede the talk in the St. Augustine Chapel at 6:00 p.m., with Holy Mass offered immediately afterwards at 6:30 p.m.
Christopher Check is a Director of Development at Catholic Answers. He served for seven years as a field artillery officer in the Marine Corps in the Far East and the Persian Gulf. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including This Rock, New Oxford Review, the Wanderer, the Chesterton Review, Gilbert! and Angelus. He has lectured extensively on Church history in North America and Europe. He and his wife Jacqueline have four sons. They live outside San Diego, California, where they show and breed Cavalier King Charles Spaniels under the kennel name Top Meadow Cavaliers named for G.K. Chesterton’s Beacosnfield Estate.