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January 06th, 2021
Victoriano Ramírez López, reknowned as "El Catorce" after he killed 14 federal soldiers during a shootout, was a very flawed man, a thief, a drunk and a womanizer with many bastards, but, somehow, he ended up on the right side of the Cristero War, when the Mexican government persecuted Catholics.
An outlaw, the only reason he was recruited into the Regiment of Jalpa de Canovas was because he was fearless and insanely brave, El Catorce's fellow Cristero Lieutenant Teniente Eulogio Gonzalez later told his grandson Bob Parr.
El Catorce joined because he had no one. He had nothing to lose. No one loved him. No one even liked him, but he ended up fighting for a Holy Cause, a fight for the Faithful.
Because the regiment relied heavily on El Catorce's outlaw skills for special missions, Lieutenant Gonzalez, an honorable man, often argued with his fellow Cristero, trying to convince him to sober up, to put down the bottle and to stay away from the women.
And as for his death, legend has it that someone on the Cristero's side ordered a hit on El Catorce, a complex man in a complex world. And so it was. His execution was fulfilled, on March 17, 1929.
The life of El Catorce proves that each person has a part in God's perfect plan no matter how imperfect the person.
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THERESA MARIE MOREAU is an award-winning reporter who covers Catholicism and Communism.