Mexican/American Priest in El Paso Defends Faith and Morals in City Paper

I just read a well written column from the El Paso Times concerning Catholic teaching on abortion and homosexual acts. Papers hear in New England don’t have Guest Columns by Catholic priests, unless they are laicized priests like Boston Globe’s James Carroll who contributes his anti-Catholic screeds regularly to the paper. Things are different in El Paso where the spirit of healthy controversy appears to be much more animated and open. God bless the good Mexican Catholics, lay and clergy, who are proud of their Faith and defend it in the public forum. Knowing nothing about the El Paso Times, other than what I’ve just read in its pages, it looks like the paper gives the Church a fair shake, or at least a voice.

The column that I am going to link you to was written by a loyal Catholic priest, Rev. Michael Rodriguez, in response to a milquetoast column written by a liberal priest, Rev. Ed Roden-Lucero, who thinks the Church ought to be “inclusive.” Father Lucero writes in an April 18 piece:

“For the benefit of all people of good will regardless of faith, race or orientation, I write to offer a broader pastoral, scriptural and ecclesial perspective compared to that offered by Rev. Michael Rodriguez, (Church Opposes Redefinition of Morality, March 21).

“An appropriate starting point is a question proposed to Jesus in the gospel and his response to it. When asked which commandment is the most important, Jesus replies first with the well-known commandment to love God “…

I could not access the whole article but according to a commenter, the accommodating Father Roden Lucero also claimed that Rev. Rodríguez “states many absolutes that are not, in reality, dogmatic absolutes.”

Putting it mildly (ahem!), Father Rodriguez’ orderly, theological, and magisterially complementary rebuttal exposed the utterly gelatinous dribble of Rev. Roden-Lucero for what it was — sentimental hogwash. He beings his column “Catholics must show true faith” thusly:

“My purpose in writing is to present the unadulterated teachings of the Holy Catholic Church. Why? Because only fidelity to Jesus Christ and His beloved Church will bring happiness and salvation to our poor souls.

“Everything I wrote in the first part of my March 21 column is Catholic Church teaching, pure and simple. On the other hand, Rev. Roden-Lucero’s criticisms are neither valid nor accurate. Let’s begin.”  Then, like a good pastor teaching his flock, he goes on with points 1,2,3, and 4. The column is a must read and can be found here.


  • ED

    He even mentions they are risking the salvation of their soul , its great to hear of a good priest in the diocese of El Paso, Texas!!!!!

  • Tim Brady

    I happen to be fortunate in that I am a parishoner at San Juan Bautista, Father Rodriguez’ parish. A truly remarkable example of Catholicism is alive and well at this parish. We commonly have people drive from as far as three hours away to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Mass of All Time is celebrated on a daily basis and at 10 AM on Sundays. We love to see new faces.

    tb

  • Lauren Webb

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    As Tim Brady stated above, there are souls willing to drive three hours to attend the Mass of All Time at Fr. Rodriguez’s parish of San Juan Bautista in El Paso. I, and my family, happen to be fortunate enough to be such souls. We are grateful to Father Rodriguez for his courage, and fidelity to the Church. It is evident that Father’s fidelity to the Church’s teachings and his celebration of the Tridentine (Latin) Mass go hand in hand.

  • Lauren Webb

    “Lex orandi, lex credendi.”

  • Adrian Villasenor

    Fr. Michael Rodriguez is a great priest. Thank God we have him in El Paso to guide and teach us. I wish that he would be elevated to the position of Bishop.
    Adrian Villasenor

  • THE CHECK FAMILY

    +J.M.J.+ ADD US TO THE LIST OF PEOPLE DRIVING FROM OUT OF TOWN TO ATTEND FATHER MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ’S MASS AND PARISH EVENTS. FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS WE HAVE DRIVEN FROM FAIRACRES, NEW MEXICO TO EL PASO, TEXAS EVERY SUNDAY AND SOMETIMES DURING THE WEEK , AND IT IS WELL WORTH THE TRIP. THERE ARE OTHERS DRIVING FROM THE LAS CRUCES AREA, AND ONE ELDERLY WOMAN ATTENDS EVERY SUNDAY ALL THE WAY FROM ALAMOGORDO, NEW MEXICO. WE THANK GOD EVERY DAY FOR THE GIFT OF FATHER MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ, DEO GRATIAS !!! WE AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN SO BLESSED BY THIS HOLY, DEVOUT, AND EXEMPLARY PRIEST.
    THE CHECK FAMILY

  • +J.M.J.+
    For anyone interested in viewing videos of Father Michael Rodriguez at his parish of San Juan Bautista Catholic Church in El Paso, TX, click on the link below . Once you are at the website , click on the My Gallery button at the upper left of the screen to see all the videos. New ones are added weekly.

    http://gallery.me.com/thecheckfamily/100000

  • Alphonsus

    Father Rodriguez is a real priest in all circunstances. He teach us with the real christian doctrine and with his exemple. May Our Lord and Our Blessed mother bless with heavenly graces the parish of Fr. Rodriguez
    Si vis pacem… Fac bellum!!!

  • Frank Garcia

    Well folks, sorry to say that Jesus Christ would probably weep at the truly cruel way “The Rodriguez Catholics” are treating people. Why, I ask, does Rodriguez and the deprecating Catholics care about what homosexuals do? So far they Gay people only want benefits for their partners. So where are the real issues that are crippling “traditional family values”? Let’s go after teen pregnancy, abortion and the divorce epidemic. Let’s leave the homosexuals alone for they only want to pursue a halfway normal life. Let’s focus on the real problems. How about helping with the murder rampage across the border? Nah, let’s bash the homosexuals because they are the silent group. SHAME ON YOU ALL!!!