Thursday, February 16th, 2012
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What They're Arguing About in El Paso

Atheist coastal elites miss all the fun. Did you miss this awesome op-ed in the El Paso Times? Perhaps you did; I know how it is, the paper comes from El Paso every day and it just piles up and who can get through it fast enough, right? Anyway, the bishop is suing this priest who wrote this op-ed, Michael Rodriguez—and also moved him out of town, because he'd become "involved" in efforts to recall the mayor, because the mayor supports health benefits for gay and unmarried partners of city employees. It's big-time diocese drama! But yeah, probably not siding with the guy who thinks that the abomination of homosexual priests "cries to Heaven for vengeance."

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SuperMargie (#1,263)

Something tells me he is not like my parochial school principal, Father Ryan, who would come outside and play dodgeball with all the thrid-graders and let us play Abba records on Friday afternoons.

jfruh (#713)

"For the sake of true Catholic, eucharistic faith, Holy Communion must be received kneeling and on the tongue."

HOTTT

Also, Rev. Michael Rodriguez (the priest being sued) starts the letter "Most Rev. Armando Ochoa, administrator of the Diocese of El Paso and no longer our bishop…" Is he no longer the bishop in the real sense that he quit or has been reassigned by the church, or is he no longer bishop in Rev. Rodriguez's mind, because he consorts with gay-lovers?

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@jfruh Twinsies!

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@jfruh – Follow up question: Can he still only move diagonally?

@jfruh He's been reassigned to Fresno, so he's actually no longer Rodriguez's bishop. He's still a bishop, though, so movement restrictions still apply.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@jfruh Mm, this guy sounds more like a villian out of a Dan Brown novel than any Catholic I've ever met. (Kneeling for eucharist, Latin Mass, etc. CREEPY.)

Bittersweet (#765)

@Mr. B: Plenty of us non-Dan Brown novel villains kneel for Eucharist…

Mr. B (#10,093)

@Bittersweet Didn't mean to come off as knocking the practice; I do know plenty of older churches that still use altar-rails — sorry. But saying that doing so should be mandatory for all Catholics is backward and pre-Vatican II, is what I meant to suggest.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

"For the sake of true Catholic, eucharistic faith, Holy Communion must be received kneeling and on the tongue."

From the Annals of Picking Your Battles.

hockeymom (#143)

Oh, Catholics.*
If only you could expend all this energy (and I'm just going to free-associate here and pick words randomly) helping the sick, weak, poor and the least among us (and again, just random words I came up with, apropos of nothing) instead of worrying about sexy sex all the time, just think what you could do!

*recovering Catholic myself

Bittersweet (#765)

@hockeymom: Or, you know, expend a little more energy preventing child abuse by priests, or directly and fairly addressing the damage priests did to kids in the past.

hockeymom (#143)

@Bittersweet That, too.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@hockeymom That kind of talk would get you crucified in first century Rome.

BoxMeowBox (#215,449)

Not getting the leap from "love" and "compassion" to "vengeance" but I stopped trying to figure out the inconsistencies within the Catholic church a long time ago.

flossy (#1,402)

All I hear is "punish me, Daddy!"

BadUncle (#153)

Admittedly, I don't get the concept of beseeching with prayer. You have an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent deity that really should know what to do, and presumably would do what it wants whether or not you like it. So, how are these knuckleheads always crying for vengence from on high? It doesn't make any logical sense.

Were I Merciless Wotan, this guy would get a few thunderbolts and told to get back to work.

Yeah. Great. This 'priest' is my brother (sorta; by marriage, not by blood, thank heaven), and I can tell you this: I fear for my little nephew being stuck in all this mess. Poor little guy.

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