Thursday, October 13, 2011

Latest news on Father Michael Rodríguez

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
 – Ephesians 5:11
This news video features an interview with David Rodríguez, the brother of Father Michael Rodríguez.

Father Michael was removed from his position at San Juan Bautista Church in El Paso, Texas for his public statements in defense of Catholic teaching on marriage and homosexuality according to a press release from Bishop Armando Ochoa.

Does a Catholic priest have a legal right to speak out on issues of morality that have a bearing on politics? Certainly, a priest has a moral obligation to spread the Gospel and to uphold Church teaching. But can it be considered an act of engaging in "partisan politics" to condemn the actions of politicians that are contrary to Church teachings?

Currently there is a bill before the House of Representatives called the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358). This bill is supported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Is this a case of "partisan politics"?

Why is it OK for the USCCB to speak out publicly on a political issue at the national level, and not OK for a local priest to do the same thing at a local level?

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Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

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