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Sursum Corda by Fr. Michael Rodriguez January 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, priests, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.

Fr. Michael Rodriguez continues his apostolate in the desolate reaches of the Big Bend area.  I pray for him daily, several times a day:

Wow……..transferring him hasn’t exactly quieted him down, has it?  But the problems in El Paso are manifold (as is the case most places, unbelievably and tragically), and cry out for correction.

I pray fervently he is successful in this lonely, bold, incredibly necessary effort.

I feel it necessary to add this little update.  Your prayers are extremely necessary.  There has been severe backlash against priests (and others) who expose homosexual priests.  There has been blood shed over this.  I think this will get worse before it gets better.


1. Woody - January 13, 2012

I think Father Rodriquez should be made a bishop. What a priest!

2. KathiBee - January 13, 2012

What interesting timing of this post, seeing as yesterday the Bishop filed a lawsuit against Fr. Rodriguez and his brother, David.
El Paso Times article:

Press Release from Diocesan office:

Click to access 20120112_045444_pressRelease01112012.pdf

3. KathiBee - January 13, 2012

Father’s press release I assume will go to the paper, but I didn’t find it there yet. This was released via email & permission was given to distribute it.

JANUARY 12, 2012 PRESS RELEASE by Fr. Michael Rodríguez

It is unfortunate that Bishop Armando Ochoa, Administrator of the Diocese of El Paso and no longer our bishop, has decided to pursue legal action against me. Such legal action is unjust. Over the course of 9 1/2 years as the parish priest of San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, I poured my heart and soul into caring for this parish, both in terms of temporal goods, and especially spiritual goods. I’m confident that hundreds of my former parishioners will eagerly testify to this. In his January 11, 2012, press release, Bishop Ochoa stated, “Fr. Rodríguez’s handling and use of donated funds has compromised the financial integrity of San Juan Bautista.” This is not true. Bishop Ochoa’s statement also refers to “Fr. Rodríguez’s mishandling of funds.” Again, this is not true. I have always honored, respected, and made good use of the financial patrimony of San Juan Bautista. I stake my entire reputation on this claim. On September 20, 2011, I opened my heart to my bishop, like a son to a father, and was completely honest and forthcoming with him as to the financial affairs of San Juan Bautista. I told him everything. He chose not to believe me. For the past four months, my canon lawyer has made repeated efforts to resolve this matter with Most Rev. Armando Ochoa, and he has refused. I have a great love for my former parish of San Juan Bautista, and my former parishioners. I am ready to fight for and defend them, whatever the cost. I am also ready to protect my own good name and reputation. I have never misappropriated or misused parish funds. Finally, I am convinced that the real reason for my former bishop’s actions against me is due to my defense of the Catholic Church’s teaching with regard to homosexuality as well as my adherence to the Roman Liturgy of 1962. If necessary, I will present prodigious evidence to support this contention. I will continue to do my best to be a good and holy priest, no matter the cost. I will continue to proclaim and teach the truths of the Roman Catholic Church, especially in the area of sexual morality, no matter the cost. I will continue to adhere to the Ancient Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, no matter the cost. Please keep me in your prayers during this difficult trial. Please entrust me and my priesthood to the loving protection of Sancta Dei Genetrix, the Most Holy Mother of God. Thank you and may the good Lord bless you as this joyous Christmas season continues.

Fr. Michael Rodríguez,
Parochial Vicar, Santa Teresa de Jesús Parish
Presidio, TX

Note: Fr. Rodriguez released this statement in response to the Bishop making a statement which was given to the El Paso media a few hours ago. It is also now available in pdf format on the El Paso Diocese website and I have attached that statement to this email. Please feel free to spread Father’s message, as I am sure this news will be traveling all over.

4. Mary - January 13, 2012

Oh My!!!

The bishop, on his way out the door, is suing a priest. Is not satan at work here???

He’s using diocese funds to file a lawsuit, in hopes of shutting up a good priest and destroying his reputation. I’m sorry, but if it looks and smells fishy, I’m going to think something’s up. (As a parent of multiple children, this sense is always working.) And they way the bishop has been responding to the homosexual public statements , well, I have to lean towards the good Fr Rodriguez. There are many parishes that collect funds for specific building projects, nothing new here. This money doesn’t get counted towards the money that goes to the diocese, and that is what appears to be making Ochoa file such lawsuit. wow.

I will increase my prayers for Fr Ochoa and add fasting, as well as prayers for the conversion of Ochoa.

5. oldkate - January 14, 2012

The only way the bishop can do this, is to have CORPORATE AUTHORITY over all of the Church funds & property in his diocese. That makes it a “Corporation”, Not a RC Diocese. RC’s need to start checking into where their money is going!! Looks like some of the bishops have their own “retirement” set ups under the Auspices of Church funding. The “Battle for the American Church” has been going on for 40 yrs & it seems God has had enough! He is coming to clean HIS House!! Only those blinded by hypocrisy & false compassion cannot see it. The Homosexuals have a “hold” on many things in Texas, & there’s a reason for that!!! For the Love of God, Wake Up!

6. Luisa - January 21, 2012

On Jan. 19, 2012 – Pope Benedict send out letter to American Bishops, calling the church, politicians, laypeople to speak out publicly against immoral issures. See below. For those of you who have called this holy priest “crazy” it appears he has already been doing what the Holy Father is asking in this recent letter. I thank God for Fr. Rodriquez and he is in my daily prayers. So, please I ask you all to pray for us in Fresno. God has a plan for all that is about to happen. Holy Mother Church must suffer before it can rise again, in great splendor, and what a suffering it is.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI warned visiting U.S. bishops that “radical secularism” threatens the core values of American culture, and he called on the church in America, including politicians and other laypeople, to render “public moral witness” on crucial social issues.

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