Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been elected the new president of Mexico. In Mexican political history for over 200 years Freemasonry has played a dominant role. I first discovered this seminal fact from reading a very impeccable mainstream establishment historian, Amaury de Riencourt’s 1968 book, The American Empire, where he discussed this in reference to the one-party rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) “as a self-perpetuating Establishment for the training and disciplining of the country’s technicians, economists, and officials, and in full if indirect control of the lives and destinies of most businessmen, physicians, lawyers, artists, bankers, and engineers — of Mexico’s professional elite, in fact.”
He goes on to say “the PRI is a political front for a more powerful, but secret organization — Freemasonry.” Freemasonry was all-pervasive throughout the leadership cadre of Mexican life, civilian and military.
He then briefly discussed the internecine struggle within Masonic organizations for dominance — the atheistic French-inspired Grand Orient, and the York Rite and milder theistic Scottish Rites of Anglo-American persuasion. During the French military occupation that began the reign of Maximilian I of Mexico to the throne in 1864, various French military lodges, dependent on the Grand Orient de France, arrived in Mexico but disappeared when the French left the country. Thus it is very likely that these Itinerant Lodges of the French Rite, regarding to their status as invaders, left no sustaining influences of ritual. At the museum of the Masonic Grand Orient of France is retained the standard banner of one of those lodges and is conserved.
Anticlericalism and hostility to the Roman Catholic Church have been central to Mexican Freemasonry from the beginning. It reached its apogee during the Cristero War with its brutal savagery and persecution of Roman Catholics. The above video traces this narrative.
Plutarco Elías Calles was a Mexican Freemason, general and politician. After leaving office as president, he continued to be the dominant leader from 1928 to 1935, a period known as the Maximato [where, as countrystudies.com puts it, “Calles exercised behind-the-scenes control over Mexican politics through the actions of three presidents who were essentially his puppets”]. Calles is most noted for a fierce backlash against Catholics, which led to the Cristero War (1926-29), a civil war between Catholic rebels and government forces, and for founding the Partido Nacional Revolucionario (National Revolutionary Party, or PNR), which became the Partido de la Revolución Mexicana (Party of the Mexican Revolution, or PRM), which eventually became the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), that governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000 under these three different names. Tomás Garrido Canabal was the governor of the state of Tabasco. Canabal was so fanatical in his hatred of the Roman Catholic Church that he named his children Lenin, Lucifer, and Satan.
High-ranking members of the racist and anti-Catholic US organization the Ku Klux Klan in the mid-1920s offered President Calles $10,000 to help fight the Catholic Church. The offer came when the Knights of Columbus in the US secretly offered a group of Cristero rebels $1,000 of financial assistance for guns and ammunition. This was made after the fact that Calles also sent a private telegram to the Mexican Ambassador to France, Alberto José Pani Arteaga, advising that the “. . . Catholic Church in Mexico is a political movement, and must be eliminated in order to proceed with a Socialist government free of religious hypnotism which fools the people . . . within one year without the sacraments, the people will forget the faith . . .” Most persons are willfully ignorant of the fact that the Mexican Revolution established the first anticlerical socialist state, years before Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. As in Russia after the Revolution, civil war followed.
The Fugitive is a 1947 American-Mexican drama film starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, based on the novel The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene. The film was shot on location in Mexico and utilized the skills of Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa.
For Greater Glory (also known as Cristiada) is a 2012 epic historical war drama film of the Cristero War.
Both films are excellent and focus upon the Mexican governments’ intense war of persecution upon Roman Catholics.
No doubt much has changed in Mexico since de Riencourt’s book was written. The authoritarian PRI no longer holds a monopoly on power, and a surface diffusion of power by alternate political parties has arisen.
But the intriguing question remains: what of the influence of anticlerical Freemasonry upon the leadership cadre of narco-gangster Mexico, particularly under the new leftist regime of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador?