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Fr. Michael RodriguezThis following statement has just been made public by David Rodríguez:
As of yesterday, November 10, 2014, Fr. Michael Rodríguez, is no longer the Administrator of Sacred Heart Mission in Shafter, TX.  He has been given a six-month sabbatical in order to discern God’s Will for the future. Fr. Rodríguez remains a priest in good-standing of the Diocese of El Paso. He will most likely be looking at options for priestly ministry beyond the Diocese of El Paso. Fr. Rodríguez has been offering the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively for the past three years, and this has led to increasing difficulties for him with the local hierarchy. Fr. Rodríguez asks for your prayers, and he especially asks you to pray for the small group of faithful (about 50) of the Presidio-Shafter area who are heartbroken over the loss of the Traditional Latin Mass and parish life based on the Traditional Latin Mass.

Admittedly, Fr. Rodríguez is in a very difficult situation. On the one hand, he intends to do his best to be obedient to his bishop. On the other hand, Fr. Rodríguez is convinced that God is calling him – through the Church – to dedicate his priesthood and all his energy and strength to promote the Church’s greatest treasures: her timeless liturgy and doctrine. Both Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have acknowledged that the Church is suffering through a terrible crisis of Faith in the post-Vatican II era, and Fr. Rodríguez, as a loyal priest and son of the Church, cannot stand idly by in the face of such widespread disparagement and abandonment of the Catholic Faith.

In making any decisions for the future, Fr. Rodríguez is begging God to purify his motives, so that he may act, first and foremost, out of love and fidelity to Jesus Christ and His holy Church, and for the salvation of souls. As a loyal son of Holy Mother Church, Fr. Rodríguez is 100% committed to following, teaching, promoting, and defending her Traditional Mass (holy liturgy) and her unchangeable truths (holy doctrine), e.g. the sacredness of marriage, the indissolubility of marriage, the grave sin and intrinsic evil of homosexual acts.

In closing, Fr. Rodríguez asks that efforts be redoubled to pray for the Holy Father so that he will consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as requested by Our Lady of Fatima.  May the reign of Christ the King come through the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of His Mother!

In a few days a number of us will begin a continuous series of nine-day novenas imploring the intercession of Our Lady and the saints on Fr. Rodríguez’s behalf. I will email more information on that in a few days. Moreover, we will pray a 54-Day Rosary Novena on his behalf from Dec 10 – Feb 1, that is between the Marian feasts of the Immaculate Conception and the Purification of Our Lady, (also the feast of Our Lady of Good Success). We invite all to join us in offering these prayers. Thank you very much for your prayers and support.

Ad Iesum per Mariam,
dvr
ps: His sermon from Sunday is now posted at the St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation’s website. “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.” You can hear it at: www.svfonline.org

Hmmm.. I wonder if he requested this sabbatical he was given.

(11-12-2014, 09:00 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: [ -> ]Hmmm.. I wonder if he requested this sabbatical he was given.

Well, after listening to his sermon linked in the OP id conclude no it is not voluntary.
(11-12-2014, 09:27 AM)CaptCrunch73 Wrote: [ -> ]Well, after listening to his sermon linked in the OP id conclude no it is not voluntary.

Another kick to the head. Great.

I get the sense that the Powers That Be are in their death throes, kicking hard, knowing they're doomed to irrelevancy soon. Now's the time to crank up the fight. Seminaries are populated by the orthodox, and trad seminaries are the most populated of all. And these Bishops and Cardinals KNOW IT. They KNOW IT.

Now is NOT the time to get discouraged, even in spite of the bullshit like what is being done to the good clerics like Rodriguez and Burke, et al. In fact, what is being done to men like these is a good sign, even if it's awful in se and disheartening on its surface.  What is being done is evidence that the radicals are SCARED and very much itching to do something big before the world knows they're past their sell by date, and before they meet the Maker Who will undoubtedly surprise the heck out of them (maybe even by His mere Existence).

FIGHT! Don't let what "they" are doing get you down. They are on the defensive with all these offenses! And they know it and we know it! They know Tradition is right there behind them, and they are afraid. They're striking out like pre-schoolers. But they won't win. They don't have the numbers. The next generations of priests are OURS. REJOICE! Keep tradverting! Bring people to FE! Praise God for our young seminarians! God bless Fr. Rodriguez and Cardinal Burke and their dry martyrdoms! These things are nothing but fodder for the growth of Tradition!
(11-12-2014, 09:53 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: [ -> ]
(11-12-2014, 09:27 AM)CaptCrunch73 Wrote: [ -> ]Well, after listening to his sermon linked in the OP id conclude no it is not voluntary.

Another kick to the head. Great.

I get the sense that the Powers That Be are in their death throes, kicking hard, knowing they're doomed to irrelevancy soon. Now's the time to crank up the fight. Seminaries are populated by the orthodox, and trad seminaries are the most populated of all. And these Bishops and Cardinals KNOW IT. They KNOW IT.

Now is NOT the time to get discouraged, even in spite of the bullsh** like what is being done to the good clerics like Rodriguez and Burke, et al. In fact, what is being done to men like these is a good sign, even if it's awful in se and disheartening on its surface.  What is being done is evidence that the radicals are SCARED and very much itching to do something big before the world knows they're past their sell by date, and before they meet the Maker Who will undoubtedly surprise the heck out of them (maybe even by His mere Existence).

FIGHT! Don't let what "they" are doing get you down. They are on the defensive with all these offenses! And they know it and we know it! They know Tradition is right there behind them, and they are afraid. They're striking out like pre-schoolers. But they won't win. They don't have the numbers. The next generations of priests are OURS. REJOICE! Keep tradverting! Bring people to FE! Praise God for our young seminarians! God bless Fr. Rodriguez and Cardinal Burke and their dry martyrdoms! These things are nothing but fodder for the growth of Tradition!

I agree with everything you're saying. I just wish more folks would wake up to what is going on!
Truly unfortunate, but not surprising.  If he does indeed find himself in need of somewhere outside of his current diocese, I would invite him to the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I'm sure the growing traditional community would welcome him.

Michael
(11-12-2014, 09:53 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: [ -> ]What is being done is evidence that the radicals are SCARED and very much itching to do something big before the world knows they're past their sell by date..

"Sell by date."  That is too funny!

I hope that the orthodox clergy remember these purges.  But what needs to happen, once they take the reins, is a purging of the heterodox. 

It seems that, when people like Pope Benedict XVI take power, they leave bad people in place.  Yet when the whackos take power, they purge the good.

It needs to happen the other way around.
(11-12-2014, 11:33 AM)DJR Wrote: [ -> ]
(11-12-2014, 09:53 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: [ -> ]What is being done is evidence that the radicals are SCARED and very much itching to do something big before the world knows they're past their sell by date..

"Sell by date."  That is too funny!

I hope that the orthodox clergy remember these purges.  But what needs to happen, once they take the reins, is a purging of the heterodox. 

It seems that, when people like Pope Benedict XVI take power, they leave bad people in place.  Yet when the whackos take power, they purge the good.

It needs to happen the other way around.

The difference is that the heterodox fight dirty.  The main reason Kasper and other Krauts have red hats is because they blackmailed JPII over monetary support for the Polish Church.  Now having people of difference opinion isn't a bad thing, in fact it can help refine points, come up with new solutions, now there is always a chance of gridlock, but things in the  Vatican have two speeds, slow and dead stop.  I just find it curious why it is currently so selective.  Maybe there is more to the story we are not seeing, surely truth will win out in this case. 
He is too Catholic for these modernist bishops and he loves the Latin mass.
I had the pleasure of meeting Fr. Rodriguez last month at the annual Angelus Press Conference hosted by the Society of St. Pius X in Kansas City.  I was especially edified to see him at the Pontifical High Mass that weekend celebrated by Bishop Tissier, processing in with all the SSPX priests wearing his cassock and surplus.

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