Gabriel García Moreno: A Man of Tradition

Gabriel García Moreno

Gabriel García Moreno

God Does Not Die! : Under the Banner of God!

Who is Gabriel Garcia Moreno? How can the so called “first world” learn from a man who, in a bloody century like the XIX century was able to bring light to a desolate and abandoned republic of Spanish America? These are questions that should allow us to think for ourselves on the role of men when they accept their destiny and place themselves under the guidance of the Providence.

His Birth and youth

Gabriel García Moreno was born in the City of Guayaquil. During those violent years of 1821, the Spanish Americas had seen the infiltration of Freemasonry which had successfully conspired to tear down the greatest Catholic Empire that has ever existed in the World. Those were the days when Bolivar fought against the Spanish built the mighty nation of Colombia, a nation like the United States, stretched from the Caribbean Sea to the waters of the Pacific. The mighty union only lasted ten years, and in 1830, the same year as Bolivar died, Ecuador and Venezuela broke the Union.

General Juan Jose Flores was proclaimed commander of the Ecuadorian armies, the first revolutions took place. Those dark years between 1830 and 1845 saw many problems, among them the imposition of militaristic leaders who kept the young republic under constant revolutions.. In Quito, he remained for the next six years, studying while teaching Latin, and at the same time, he teamed up with a group of aristocrats who considered themselves “conservatives”, although there was no conservative party yet.

Young Gabriel is remembered for his passion towards sciences. He deeply loved chemistry and biology, and strongly despised lawyers and doctors, since they were the only careers available at that time. Yet, as soon as he finished High School he began study law, for no man was able to move ahead without becoming a lawyer or physician.

Garcia Moreno took part against General Flores in 1845, when a new revolution expelled the general out of power. “Justice for all and for everyone, except for the wicked”.  The new president, General Jose Maria Urbina, demanded the total submission of the church and did very little to help education. The Peruvian lodges were strong now and persecution of church took place in every city of the republic. In this moment, Garcia Moreno became the shining star that saved Ecuador. He pronounced this words “Better than writing history is to make history”.

Presidency and Death

In 1859, Garcia Moreno arose as the leader of a revolutionary movement who fought against Urbina and his henchmen, Robles and Guillermo Franco. Franco became dictator de facto in Guayaquil and negotiated the partition of Ecuador with Peru. García Moreno knew this. He arose as the leader of the national movement that ousted Franco and Robles. He entered Quito triumphantly in 1861 and was elected as president of the republic.

His first interest was to rebuild the State by punishing debtocracy and usury. He reorganized the national treasure and destined large amounts of money to developing roads and building schools. His first step towards a reorganization of education was to bring the Christian Brothers, the Jesuits and the Sisters of Charity back to Ecuador.

During his first presidency, Garcia Moreno signed the Concordat with the Holy See, an action that is considered by some as one of the causes of his martyrdom. He did not hesitate before the necessity of executing traitors and anarchists. In 1869, a new plot was organized by Urbina, who was in Peru, and his supporters inside Ecuador.

Before the coup took place, Garcia Moreno took power with support of the army. He pronounced these words “Let us gather our arms in order to save the Fatherland: Honor, Strength, Union”. He became the chief commander of the national movement that decreed a new constitution. This constitution was the first step towards unification of a broken nation under the banner of God.

He forbade any other religion that was not Catholic, and established an article that permitted only practicing Catholics to be citizens. In 1973, he consecrated Ecuador to the Sacred Heart, and in 1864 he issued an official complaint against the invasion of the Papal States. In 1875, after having opened the first railroad of that hemisphere, Garcia Moreno was murdered by his enemies in the stairs of the national palace. After his death, Ecuador became an anarchistic nation and never recovered its splendor.  His last words were “You may kill me, but God does not die!”

In the Light of Tradition

Garcia Moreno was considered liberal by some but his actions showed up a strong statesman, much in the way of Salazar of Portugal or Tisso of Slovakia. It was his strong Christian faith and devotion to God, and the Sacred Heart, that allowed him to undertake such enterprises as recovering a broken country.

We must divide his life between several periods. His youth shows us a strong and passionate advocate of liberal rights, much in the way Jefferson or Maurras were in their youth. His devotion to lecture allowed him to read Voltaire, Russeau, Kant, among others. But his own conscience brought him back once and again to Christianity.

When he became an adult man, he was regarded as young passionate politician who even sinned against flesh (some say he had an illegitimate son). But it is during his second presidency (1869-1875) when we can trace down the hero. He was a very devout man who would rise up at 4 AM and would devote more than eighteen hours a day to State matters, going to bed at midnight.

His will was strengthened by his faith. He believed that “Catholicism is one of the few factors that can unite all Ecuadorians: otherwise we are lost”. We must remember that South America is a very multiracial continent, where no ethnicity can be considered “majority”, although indigenous groups are in growing numbers. Because of this, Garcia Moreno established one of the first schools for this community.

His desire was to see the Republic “cleaned of filth and degeneracy”.  Most of his enemies have tried to poison his memory, and this is why today he is hated in Ecuador. But this is common to those who remain faithful to their own destinies under the hand of God. Personally, I believe that Garcia Moreno is equal to other warriors as Codreanu or Primo de Rivera.

We, the Traditionalists, must understand that it is our Spirit that makes our Will active. We must devote ourselves to educate our Will if we want to achieve sanctity and holiness. This way, we can see Garcia Moreno as our greatest example, because he fought for Tradition, for Religion, and for the Nation under the banner of God. God does not die!

— Carlos Daniel Trueba

Quito, Ecuador

Editor’s Note: Our comrade from Spanish America, Mr. Carlos D. Trueba is a linguist and translator who has been a long-standing militant in the struggle for nearly a decade.


  • García Moreno, Presidente of Ecuador. Alphonse Berthe, translated by Mary Elizabeth Herbert.1889 Burn & Oates
  • Vida de don Gabriel Garcia Moreno. Manuel Gálvez.

  • Leslie H. Higgins

    Great little piece! I have read a few articles on Moreno over the years, but never any books yet, and long to read more. Statesmen like Moreno are an inspiration in our nation where Masonic mores were foundational.

    Today still, though, Ecuador has a good deal of statesmanship in the person of President Rafael Correa. A Socialist, he is a strong advocate for his people and a champion of preborn children’s lives like leftists in the West never are.

    Perhaps an article on Correa is in order.

Gabriel García Moreno

By: Carlos Daniel Trueba

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