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Father Michael Rodriguez’ Novel Suggestion for Unity Among Traditional Catholics           July 11, 2017

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As I posted yesterday, I had a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with Father Michael Rodriguez of El Paso on the 4th of July.  Much of the discussion centered around the views Father and I share regarding the different groups within the larger community of traditional Catholicism.  I’ve posted on this subject numerous times before, but I will briefly restate them: most traditional Catholics have a particular group, be it the SSPX, FSSP, ICK, IBP, etc., within which they feel the most comfort and towards which the most affinity.  I have no problem with that.  Certainly there are advantages and disadvantages to each group, and especially between the SSPX and the Ecclesia Dei communities.  All of this is fine and can certainly be discussed within proper limits of prudence and charity.

Where both Father and I have serious reservations is with proponents of each group basically making dogmatic definitions regarding the “other,” whichever that may be.  And this is not strictly an SSPX vs. Ecclesia Dei matter.  I have also heard proponents of the Institute of Christ the King make starkly derogatory comments regarding the FSSP, and vice versa.  Oftentimes, it seems as if the various partisans of particular groups within traditional Catholicism spend far more time and effort attacking each other than they do opposing the true threat to the Faith in this age, the modernist Left within the Church.  Or perhaps I should say “within.”

This is all so fruitless for so many reasons.  Certainly, one can, with charity, expound on why one prefers one group versus another, or problems they perceive in certain canonical situations.  But when it comes to arguing, definitively, that group X is protestant and schismatic or group Y has sold out and accommodated itself to the modernist zeitgeist, the arguments are as endless as they are unhelpful.  Yes one can pile up great piles of quotes from Scripture, Doctors, Saints, Fathers, etc., on each side of whatever issue one wants to choose.  But the other side in the major question dividing traditional Catholics – the canonical status of the SSPX –can do the same, and does, with grim determination.  So the arguments go on forever, everyone becomes more and more settled in their own predetermined position, and nothing ever changes.

It also seems very silly when one realizes what a teeny, tiny fraction of the Church traditional Catholics constitute.  Traditional Catholics might make up 1,000,000 ± 500,000 Catholics. As such, we are not even 1/10 of 1% of the nominal reported population of the Church as a whole.

With all the confusion in the Church today, where the Bishop of Rome seems to be doing all he can to demonstrate his manifest heresy, if not worse, can any of us be so certain that we are so perfectly right, and the other guy so perfectly wrong?  Should we be focusing our efforts on judging that others conclusions are so much inferior to our own?

Father Rodriguez plea is that we stop all this endless internecine warfare and get down to the business of dealing with the primary threat not only to the future of the Church but also to the very souls of millions of other nominal Catholics out there, most of whom have never even heard of traditional Catholicism nor are aware that an alternative (and far more authentic) practice of the Faith exists.

But this is not just another “can’t we all get along” post.  Father made a suggestion for a way for the traditional communities to both come together and be far more effective in fighting against the modernist dominance and deformation of the Faith.

The suggestion is this: for the various traditional communities to start holding at least semi-regular conferences amongst all the various groups, as a means to establish more peace and concord between the various communities AND for the development of strategies to fight for the restoration of our sadly tattered Holy Mother Church.   Some aspects of these conferences would be public, while others would of necessity be private.

Father sees many potential advantages in doing this, as do I.  For one thing, the modernist powers in the Church have long used the differing canonical status of the various groups against those groups, basically using the different factions as clubs against the others.  In fact, there is a rumor going around now that if the SSPX is “regularized,” the Ecclesia Dei communities will be dissolved and Summorum Pontificum abrogated, leaving the SSPX as the sole provider of traditional Sacraments.  Whether that is true or not is not the point, what is the point is that what has been used as a weapon by the modernists against the traditional communities could very easily be turned around and used by the communities themselves against  the modernists. One could easily imagine numerous plays on the “good cop bad cop” routine that could be developed using the SSPX and Ecclesia Dei communities to wring concessions from the powers that be, or to at least gain great benefits from mutual concerted action.

While there are some pan-traditional meetings like the Catholic Identity conference and things of that sort, they are primarily lay-led and not really oriented towards specific strategizing among the priests of the various traditional communities themselves. But to my knowledge, no pan-traditional meetings of clergy oriented towards unity of action have ever been held.

Frankly, once Father made the suggestion I was shocked at its simplicity and obviousness, wondering why such an effort hadn’t come into being years ago.  That’s a testimony to the really powerful feelings of resentment and disassociation among the various factions, I guess.  Or perhaps it takes a seeming outsider to notice the obvious.

I love this idea.  I’m a lone lay blogger, and not a terribly imaginative one at that, but I have to think that getting several dozen of the brightest minds within the SSPX, FSSP, ICK, IBP, SSJV, etc., could come up with all manner of strategies for achieving greater concord among traditional Catholics, greater effectiveness in response to threats, more concerted promotion of the traditional Catholic movement, and achieve an overall far stronger and healthier traditional Catholicism.

It’s all about souls, and doing what is best for the good of the Church.  We can all still believe our particular situation is the best, that our current level of understanding of the Faith is darn near perfect, but let us do so in a more low key, less parochial manner.  And let us work towards finding ways to bring concerted action between traditional communities about, while we still have the chance.  Francis is moving fast, and he certainly intends that his pontificate not be a weird standout, but the beginning of an entirely new church of man.  The modernists will not long tolerate the existence of traditional Catholicism. They cannot, we are an existential threat to them.

Let’s work together, and show them just what a threat we can be.

Update Post July 10, 2017

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Lots of people have been asking me for an update offline and on regarding my family.  Things are OK, my son had a follow-up MRI over 2 weeks ago but we still haven’t gotten the results yet.  Partly because my wife took a much needed week off from house and (most) kids, and partly because of scheduling problems with the doctor.  But we have no reason to suspect any change in his tumor status.

It’s just continuing to be a very trying time.  If it’s not one kid it’s another of late.  But we’re hanging in there.

We did have a blessed event July 4, Father Michael Rodriguez came to our house and met my wife and kids for the first time.  He also blessed Benedict, which was very much appreciated.  It was wonderful to spend a couple of hours visiting with Father.  He has a special message he wants me to convey to whatever readers are left after so many long absences on my part of late (yes, both of you), and I pray I get to that tomorrow.  Much of that message will be familiar, but it does contain a proposal I think is as novel as it is important, and has great potential to strengthen the Faith during these times of unprecedented insanity among those charged with care of souls at all levels of the Church.


We are carrying on all right though very busy.  I made a trip to the farm over the past 2+ weeks since I posted, as I said my wife was out, there was a holiday weekend, we have another priest coming over tonight……there’s always something.  One more brief post today, God willing and hopefully I will have more time tomorrow, as well.  Also my work situation will, I pray, really start to calm down within the next month or so.  It’s been nuts all year since early February when I got handed a great stinking pile of manure and was told to turn it into a golden swan by year’s end.  Maybe it’s not quite golden yet but hopefully closer to an aluminum falcon than the dead duck I was given charge over.  At least it’s functional. Making the ill-conceived plans and poorly executed product I was handed into something decently functional is probably one of the biggest accomplishments of my career, and the whole thing was utterly alien from my past experience.  My performance review next year better read like a Roman triumph.

But enough of that. Pray for us, God willing I can post some more substantive things tomorrow.

Be Devoted to the Immaculate Heart May 26, 2017

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A nice sermon from a priest this blog has admired and followed for years.  I’ve posted his name scores of times on here but since the sermon comes from Sensus Fidelium and the policy is to try to keep the priests anonymous should I follow along?

Nah, it’s the priest I admire most for the sufferings he has endured for the good of souls and the authentic practice of the Faith, Father Michael Rodriguez.  Steve can slap me for breaching etiquette:

I was sort of dozing when I listened to this last night so I’m not really able to give a good synopsis.  But if it’s Father R it’s certain to be gold.  I can say with certainty that he is the non-TLM-community priest I respect the most.  And, he’s been a good friend and supporter of this blog and its author.

Please pray for him.  Father’s situation remains very difficult and he has no formal assignment in El Paso.  He does however retain valid faculties and he does reach a number of souls through the internet and more direct means.  But his situation is always parlous.  As a priest who has suffered tremendously, and wholly unjustly, in my mind, for his defense of the Faith and Tradition, he is eminently worthy of your prayers.

Of course, all priests need our prayers desperately, including those who are not as faithful or even destructive in their own particular way(s).  It would be a failure in charity for us not to pray for them, even if they do many bad things, for they will face a judgment far more severe than ours, given the responsibility they have for souls.

Invoking Our Lady’s intercession for all priests, good and not so good, is a wonderful way to pray for them. It’s a bit late now, but the month of Mary is a great time to make special devotional prayers/Novenas for priests. Saint Joseph is also a great intercessor for priests, the efficacy of whose intercession I have been repeatedly amazed by.

Well I managed to cobble together a half-decent (?) after all, without a synopsis!  Maybe I’m finally getting this blogging thing after all, after 7 1/2 years and 7000 posts.

Fr. Rodriguez Gives Catechesis on the Message of Our Lady of Fatima February 22, 2017

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I’m seriously behind so I have not been able to watch more than a little of this, but it’s Father Rodriguez, so I have no compunction about giving this a clear endorsement even though acting a bit from ignorance at this point. I will listen to it sometime this week, God willing.

This is another lecture intended for children but judging from the comments I’ve seen adults derive as much or more value from it than the kids.  I wanted to get this out while it was new and before I forgot about it.  I’ve literally got about 20 pages open right now on stuff I’d like to post, plus a whole slew of excerpts from a book on the writings of Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton, probably the best theologian this nation has ever produced.

So forgive me if I don’t provide an encapsulation of this video, I simply haven’t the time right now.

If readers watch it please leave comments and let us know what you think!  I’ll try to update the post once I do get a chance to watch more than the first few minutes.

Some Greatness from Fr. Michael Rodriguez January 31, 2017

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I’m very short on time, but here are two great videos featuring Father Michael Rodriguez.  The first is an exegesis on St. Agnus, the great Roman virgin and martyr whose intercession is invoked in the Roman Canon:

The second video concerns the three sins Father considers most offensive to God, blasphemy, heresy, and impurity.  Obviously, in these terribly dark times, all three sins are epidemic and seemingly growing worse all the time, even as many within the human element of the Mystical Body of Christ promote them increasingly:

Why are these sins so prevalent today? Because satan knows these are the three sins most offensive to God.  The decisive battle for the Church is underway.  The particular marks of satan, blasphemy, heresy, and impurity, have wreaked devastation within the Ark of Salvation, the Holy Catholic Church.  These sins are an attempt to offend God’s very nature – blasphemy against God’s perfect holiness, heresy against God’s perfect truth, and impurity against God’s infinite purity.

But that is only the beginning of this hour of powerful catechesis.  Just one example: from 7:05- 14:00 Father explains the theocentric nature of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the vast superiority of the Traditional Latin Mass in being theocentric.  All good Catholics must work towards the restoration of the TLM, as it leads us to God in every phrase, posture, and detail.  The New Mass is not theocentric.  It is “an unheard of protestantization of the Mass.” Father urges those who normally assist at the Novus Ordo to make every effort to assist at the TLM and to learn more about the TLM and Tradition.  I know this is not possible for everyone due to continued limited availability of the TLM and continued persecution of Tradition, but the exhortation is to make whatever effort possible.

If you find that moving and inspirational, I exhort you to take the time to watch and/or listen to the entire video.  It is very much worth your time.

For those wanting an update on Father’s status, nothing has changed.  He remains a priest in good standing in the Diocese of El Paso but without a pastoral assignment. This situation may well persist for years.  Nonetheless, Father remains very busy and continues various means of shepherding souls.  I try to post whatever content from Father Rodriguez that I can find.

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Father Rodriguez on Devotion to Our Lady…… December 5, 2016

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…….and the end of the liturgical  year.  You know me, I have to upload pretty much any material from Fr. Michael Rodriguez that goes public.  He just helped me out this weekend with advice on a thorny moral problem afflicting someone dear to me.  Please keep him in your prayers, his situation in El Paso remains difficult, to say the least; he is a priest in good standing and is doing much good work but he still has no official assignment/role with the Diocese.  The powers that be rarely, especially in a fallen age such as ours,  like having their failings called out, and the failings of Church leadership locally and universally have been as spectacular as they have been numerous in recent decades.  These are the times that try good men’s souls, indeed.

Father ties in devotion to Our Lady with the end of the liturgical year, demonstrating how it is so appropriate for the liturgical year to end on a Saturday, Our Lady’s day.  As we should end each day with devotion to Our Lady, so the liturgical year ends.  He also discusses the Salus Populi Romani, a sacred image of Our Lady painted by St. Luke on a table top built by Our Blessed Lord (I was not aware of that last detail until now).

It’s a short video and well worth your time, I think you’ll pick up several amazing bits regarding this sacred painting and evidence of devotion to Our Lady going back to the early Church.  Of course, it was popular demand, indicating immense devotion of very long practice, that drove the 4th century Council of Ephesus to dogmatically define, as required of belief by all the faithful, that Our Lady is truly the Mother of God, and eminently worthy of veneration and emulation.

It’s good to hear from Fr. Rodriguez Again…….. October 27, 2016

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……even if only for a minute or two.  The video excerpt below came from a sermon he gave at the 2016 Fatima Conference held in Chicago recently.  I certainly hope The Fatima Center will upload the entire sermon soon.  Father Rodriguez’ is a voice we hear far too seldom:

The 100th anniversary of Fatima will begin in just over 6 months.  That same year will mark the 500th anniversary of protestantism.  I don’t think one needs a great deal of imagination to  note the ominous portents of such an alignment of dates of the utmost significance.  Then again, Our Blessed Lord said He would come as a thief in the night.  My personal judgment is almost certain to come before any general judgment, so I work out my salvation with fear and trembling.

Father’s point is well taken: have we listened?  Yes, of course, the hierarchy most obviously has not.  But have we?  Are we doing all we can to abandon ourselves to Divine Providence and live in accord with God’s Will for us at all times, or do we perhaps reject that will in preference for our own.  We would not be human if, at the very least, we did not struggle mightily with the battle between God’s will for us and our own fallen natures.  I have no problem admitting that far too often, I assert my own will in preference to God’s.  We may be small cogs in a great machine, but if a few million of us really abandoned ourselves to God’s will, the Church and the earth, could, and I dare say would, be transformed.

Another recent video featuring Father Rodriguez I had failed upload records a Mass he offered on Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, New Mexico.  I am uncertain of when the Mass was offered.  The weather was far from ideal, but the Mass is beautiful.  Perhaps you will find this video as edifying as I did when I first watched it a few weeks ago:

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There is a blog entry of the pilgrimage made up Mt. Cristo Rey and the Mass here.  Lots of photos.  Some regular readers of this blog figure prominently in the photos.  Can you guess who they are?  One is a stunningly handsome man of some years and great wisdom and experience. Yeah, you’d think it’d be me, but I wasn’t there.  I don’t know who put this Mount Cristo Rey together, nor who owns the property, but it looks most impressive!  I pray we may have similar devotional pilgrimages here locally.  Actually, I do know of one upcoming on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, but that’s a private event as far as I know, for now.  Perhaps one day it may be more open to the public.

For those with inquiring minds, to my knowledge, Father’s situation in El Paso remains the same. He remains a priest in good standing, but with no official assignment or apostolate in the Diocese.  Father continues to remain very active, however, as the videos above attest.  There is much more he does for the care of souls, but I’ll leave that lie for now.

May God support and defend Fr. Michael Rodriguez, and may has manifold gifts, piety, and sufferings be amply rewarded by our merciful God.  May His Will be done in all things.

Short but Nice Video on St. John Vianney August 19, 2016

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From this blog’s favorite priest, too!  Some very good points below, and it only lasts about 4 minutes, so you have NO excuse not to watch it.

Just a few excerpts from some of the good Saint’s sermons:

“If people would do for God what they do for the world, my dear people, what a great number of Christians would go to Heaven.”

So very, very true.  And yet today, not even bishops speak of Heaven, or what it takes to get there, with any regularity.  Heck, ever at all.

It’s been a busy week at work, sorry if posting was short and/or lame.

Have a blessed weekend and especially Sunday!

Hypocrisy in El Paso: liberals get “mercy,” faithful souls persecution July 26, 2016

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Many long-time readers will be familiar with the situation regarding Father Michael Rodriguez and his former parish of San Juan Bautista.  Assigned as a sort of punishment, given a parish that had been moribund for years, Father Rodriguez completely transformed the parish and even the neighborhood around it, becoming financially solvent, vastly increasing attendance, and instilling the right practice of the Faith into hundreds of souls.  All of this was based on a growing attachment, over a period of some years, to the traditional practice of the Faith and, especially, the TLM.

When Father Rodriguez was sacked and San Juan shut down, due to his adherence to Tradition and his strong advocacy of certain unpopular Catholic truths, especially those having to do with the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, he voluntarily revealed the existence of a lay-initiated and administered fund (established to allow improvements at San Juan without exposure to diocesan assessment) to the Diocese of El Paso, as the Diocese was totally ignorant of its existence.  Many nasty and totally unsubstantiated allegations were subsequently thrown at Father as part of a general campaign to discredit him, including total inventions regarding this fund.  Dark rumors of theft or enrichment on the part of Father and/or family members were circulated, and an expensive lawsuit ensued.  All of this, mind, over an amount that was somewhere in the $50,000 range – entirely consisting of parishioner donations which they themselves administered.  The lawsuits are still ongoing, and the Diocese still holds the moneys contributed by parishioners for the purpose of improving a now defunct parish for itself, even though the people would very much like their money back now that there is no longer a parish to spend it on.

Suffice it to say, there wasn’t a whole lot of mercy going on.  Father Rodriguez was persona non grata among most priests and officials in the Diocese of El Paso due to his stalwart adherence to the constant belief and practice of the Faith, and his willingness to condemn ongoing scandals and immoral behaviors rife within the Diocese itself (behaviors, even with the switch of bishop, which still go on to this day).

Contrast that with the recent scandal that blew up in El Paso, over two religious brothers who stole – it is admitted that they stole – nearly a million dollars from a local school over several years.  Were they sacked?  No, they were permitted to not only retire but leave the area, and before the news broke.  Did the Diocese run their names through the mud, as occurred with Father Rodriguez?  No, they were thanked for their many years of service and all the wonderful things they did!  See below the mercy flow, for those who are recognized as co-religionists:

An audit found that the former principal and assistant principal of an El Paso Catholic school allegedly misappropriated more than $800,000 for personal expenses, diocese officials said Tuesday.

The Diocese of El Paso found the financial irregularities during a recent audit following last year’s retirement of the two administrators of St. Joseph’s School in Central El Paso, officials said.

Diocese officials said that former principal Brother Edwin Gallagher, 79, and former assistant principal Brother Richard Fish, 70, allegedly took $800,246 from school bank accounts to pay for personal expenses over seven years. Diocese officials said they are not seeking criminal charges in the matter.

Gallagher and Fish retired last year after helping run the school for about 25 years. They could not be reached for comment.

Parents, school staff and community members said they were shocked, disheartened and saddened Tuesday evening after learning about the alleged misappropriation during a meeting in the school gym with Bishop Mark J. Seitz and diocese officials.

“Everyone at St. Joseph and many in El Paso know that during that time, they (Gallagher and Fish) did many good things for the school and for the children who study here and those good things certainly cannot be denied,” Seitz said. “Unfortunately, we’ve also learned during that time, or at least a good part of the time, St. Joseph school funds were misappropriated for their own personal use.”……. [The lauds piled on these men for committing grand larceny is certainly in stark contrast to the treatment Father Rodriguez did receive, and continues to receive from the Diocese]

…….. The Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis will repay the money to the school in four quarterly payments starting June 30, the diocese said. [Apparently the spirit of poverty is not fully embraced in this order]

“The discovery of the misappropriated funds by trusted individuals has caused disappointment and justifiable anger,” the diocese said in a news release. “We are thankful that St. Joseph School will not suffer the adverse financial consequences that accompany most cases of this nature. And we ask for prayers for Brother Edwin and Brother Richard during this Year of Mercy.”

What an amazing double-standard.  In point of fact, the threat of criminal charges – on what basis I cannot imagine – was frequently inferred during the period after San Juan’s closing and the departure of former Bishop (and arch-liberal) Armand Ochoa.  But these guys get plaudits and heaping doses of mercy.  I cannot recall a single instance of the Diocese asking for prayers for Father Rodriguez.

Why the massive difference?  Speaking with a number of locals and others very close to the matter, Father Rodriguez is despised because he represents the “old Faith” so many want to kill off, never to rise again.  More, many have a vested interest in seeing it never rise again, as their beliefs and actions are totally irreconcilable with the Doctrine of the Faith.

Put another way, they belong to a different religion.  Every diocese in the world today is riven with the division, but it is more marked in El Paso than in most.  It is a diocese that has had a pervasive and activist liberal influence for decades, which has born the “fruit” of many heretical and immoral priests.

As we see so often with Francis, every religion is welcome to not only “dialogue” with the Catholic Church, but to be treated at least as its equal if not its actual superior.  We see the Church constantly defer to the errors of various error-filled sects and pagan religions in these days.  The one religion that cannot be countenanced, however, is that terrible old beast, Catholicism, as it was known, understood, and practiced for 1950 odd years.  No mercy can be spared there.  No persecution is too strong, too unjustified, or too unreasonable.  When it comes to the hated old Faith, anything goes.

So men who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars get the fawning praise of the Bishop, while Father Rodriguez gets persecution and unjustifiable demands to change or limit the way he conducts his priestly apostolate.  But God be praised, when sin abounds, Grace abounds the more, and Father continues to reach a growing number of souls through a number of means as he continues to honor his vocation in the sadly afflicted Diocese of El Paso. Much good fruit is resulting.  May God be praised.

Please keep Father in your prayers.

How to maintain/develop sanctity in the midst of the crisis in the Church July 7, 2016

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Sermon from one of my favorite priests (in keeping with Sensus Fidelium‘s policy, I won’t name him, but I’m sure many of you will recognize his voice) on a topic of critical import: how can we not just keep our faith, but grow in holiness in the midst of all the terrible scandal and confusion of the present crisis in the Church?

Father presents a three-point plan:

[1] Fix your mind and heart on eternity.

[2] Strive in all things to conform yourself to the holy will of God.

[3] Meditate upon the grandeur and majesty of God and your own misery and nothingness.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of society in our time is mockery and hostility towards the things of God. Our faith is opposed to the world and so we must be very wary of any attempt to ‘harmonize’ the faith with the ways and culture of the world. The Catholic perspective is always one of eternity, of accepting all things as from the hand of God, and of great humility.

I haven’t time to bring out any more of the excellent points from this sermon, except for this: in this time, we will be far better served, both in terms of our salvation, but also in witnessing to others, by personal sanctity than by arguments from the intellect.  For whatever my recommendation is worth, I strongly believe you’d be doing yourself a favor if you listened to it in its entirety.  May God bless and sustain this suffering priest:

If you do listen, please remember, in your charity, to offer three Hail Marys for the priest and his needs and intentions.  Thank you and God bless you.