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On the radio tonight! – 9 PM CDT! August 30, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, fun, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, priests, Tradition, Virtue.

With Fr. Michael Rodriguez, formerly of San Juan Bautista parish in El Paso and now of Santa Teresa de Jesus in Presidio!  Many of my readers are familiar with Fr. Rodriguez, but for those who are not he is a very faithful priest who has traveled the path from “regular” diocesan priest with no particular interest in the traditions of the Church to a man now totally dedicated to the Traditional Latin Mass and the restoration of the Faith!  He was also, of course, very involved in efforts to overturn El Paso City Council’s decision to extend benefits to “domestic partners” of gay employees – a decision that ran directly counter to the will of the people as expressed in a dedicated election on the matter – and then attempting to get the mayor and certain council members recalled from office.  Because of the very heterodox, problematic state of the El Paso Diocese, his efforts were not supported by his bishop and fellow priests, and, in fact, led to him being persecuted and banished.

Much of the latter is already pretty well known, so I plan to focus more on why Tradition appeals to Fr. Rodriguez so much, how he came to embrace it, and the benefits he sees in it for all Catholics.

Fr. Rodriguez is a very interesting and dynamic guest, be sure to listen in, right here!  God Willing, we’ll get a blessing at the end of the interview!

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PS – It would help if I mentioned the time!  All programs are at 9pm CDT, you can listen live and call in or join in the chat room by getting a free membership at blogtalkradio, or you can listen after the fact any time!



1. Michael P. Mc Crory - August 30, 2012

Still no time given for this radio broadcast.

2. Michael P. Mc Crory - August 30, 2012

Just noticed on second look. It is at 6pm here in California.

3. Michael P. Mc Crory - August 31, 2012

I’m wrong again. Radio show is on at 7pm California time not 6pm.

Hope you will let me raise the question about the “hard line” approach Fr. takes against listening to the beautiful words of the mass every day in one’s own language. I was brought up on the Latin mass which I loved and do not want to see go away but there is much to be said in becoming familiar with the following beautiful thoughts: We are not all scholars and abel to digest the beautiful latin words as easily as below words.
“…from the rising in the east to the setting in the west so that a perfect offering may be made……

And so Father we bring you these gifts. We ask you to make them holy…

By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled Himself to share ……

Pray brethern that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Almighty Father…

Holy holy , Holy Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Look with favor on these offerings and accept them as you once accepted the gifts of your servant Abel.

Remember Lord those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith especially those for whom we now pray.”

While I believe we would all be better off if we knew the Latin language I do believe that, had I understood then the latin words as a boy as well as I now do now the words in English I would have understood better than I did.
Grant the reverence has gone in comparison to then but that reverence is still present every time a holy priest says the English mass. That is my experience. Granted they too are few and far between but…

Also I read the Remnant from time to time and I am disturbed at your constant correcting the Vicar of Christ, Our Holy Father (whoever is there at the time) on one issue or another.
I hope to call in tonight so this is a heads up.

tantamergo - August 31, 2012

Hey Michael, thanks for the question. That was really good. I think I disagree but I get your point. That was a real good question. I hope you keep listening despite what may be a disagreement on a prudential issue.

4. Michael P. Mc Crory - August 31, 2012

Good show Larry and Father.
Thanks for taking my call.
I enjoyed it.
I wish I could have chimed in more. All the beautiful stuff you see in the Latin mass I agree with but they are not beautiful because of the Latin. That’s were you make a mistake, They are beautiful because of the good disposition of the Latin priest, just as the nonsense we see at the Vernacular mass is due to the poor disposition of most Vernacular priests and NOT because they are saying mass in the vernacular.— for want of a better way of putting it.
A good holy priest (like Father ) saying the mass in the language of the congregation has much more chance of getting their total involvement via the use of ALL their senses ie UNDIVIDED senses than struggeling to jump from Latin to English in both the written and the spoken. It stands to sense that the LANGUAGE used at mass FOR THE MAJORITY OF US
the issue. Father is wrong there when he downplays it’s importance. The Church knew this when they went from the Greek to the language of the people WHICH JUST HAPPENED TO BE LATIN. My (and your ) natural language is English. I can best adore Jesus at mass that way than in a foreign language. A no brainer really.
Fr. ignored that point I made.
A knock at my door — got to go.

5. Woody - August 31, 2012

Of interest. If they wanted to allow the laity to have more of a “role” in the TLM, why didn’t they just translate the entire mass into english and have the laity respond with the altar boys. LEAVE EVERYTHING ELSE THE SAME, only allow the mass to said in the venacular and let the laity respond with the altar boys. It seems like a no brainer to do, even today! What do you think Fr. Longha thinks about that?

6. Michael P. Mc Crory - September 1, 2012

I’d like to see the answer to that Woody. A good thought.
Like you, I suspect that that way we could have maintained the reverence while engaging better the people themselves in their own language.
Better still would be to leave in some of the beautiful latin words and responses that are easy to learn after a few masses attended.
I predict that we devout catholics ( few indeed as we are) will unite once again under that one unified form of mass. As it stands now I have complaints about both forms.

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