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Help Father Rodriguez (please look at this thread) - Mithrandylan - 10-12-2011

I received an email today (actually it was yesterday but I just found it today) from Fr. Rodriguez's brother.  I emailed father a few months back and I guess they still had my address.  I'll share the two emails I got.  Please pass them on.

Quote:Peace in Christ,

I could really use your help today - and it will just take a minute of your time.

(1) Please take just a few seconds to follow the link:

There is a story on my brother, Fr. Rodriguez in the El Paso Times. We are requesting Fr. Rodriguez come back to El Paso.
(2) They have a poll on the story, please VOTE on YES, he should return.

(3) Please fwd this along to as many people as you can so we can get as many votes as possible as soon as possible (let it go international!)

If it can get a lot of hits the El Paso Times may pay more attention to this story, and our bishop as well.

May God Bless you!

And here is the second email. 


Pax Christi,

If you have a bit more time and are interested in learning more about what is happening in the Diocese of El Paso, and what you can do to help us, please read on:


    For the past 9 1/2 years, Fr. Michael Rodríguez has served as parish priest of San Juan Bautista in central El Paso.  Recently, Bishop Armando Ochoa reassigned Fr. Rodríguez to Santa Teresa de Jesús Parish in Presidio, TX, and the surrounding missions of Candelaria, Redford, and Shafter, TX.  We, the parishioners of San Juan Bautista, and hundreds, probably even thousands, of other Catholic faithful from around the diocese and southern New Mexico, want to make a public appeal to our Bishop:  please restore the traditional Catholic parish life that we had at San Juan Bautista.  We are convinced that this parish life is, by far, the greatest spiritual treasure of our city.

    The Catholics of El Paso have now been left without the priest who was the lone voice speaking the truth and upholding all the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.  Anyone in El Paso can tell you that the most reverent Mass offered was at San Juan Bautista.  Fr. Rodríguez had Confessions five times a week and often stayed past midnight absolving our sins. He had a Holy Hour almost every day, and all-night Adoration at least once a month.  The Rosary was prayed daily at San Juan, many times more than once.  Every Friday, after the evening Mass, Fr. Rodríguez led the Stations of the Cross in Spanish, and others prayed them in English every Friday at 12:30 p.m.  At San Juan Bautista, we had many other devotions, novenas, blessings of sacramentals, processions, and additional Masses for First Friday and First Saturday.  There were also numerous classes in the faith for both the adults and youth of the parish.  Fr. Rodríguez was the only priest speaking out in public to defend Marriage as the union between one man and one woman. In addition, he was the only priest of the diocese offering the Traditional Latin Mass.  Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has made it very clear that the Traditional Latin Mass should be offered generously throughout the world wherever the faithful are requesting it.  Here in El Paso, hundreds of us are requesting a daily Traditional Latin Mass, just as it was being offered at San Juan Bautista.  We respectfully ask Bishop Ochoa to do nothing more than obey the directives of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.  Moreover, in just two years, the small parish of San Juan Bautista has had five men go to the seminary and two women to the convent. Another two men and two women will probably go this year to seek a religious vocation and many more youth are discerning a religious vocation thanks, in part, to the example and spiritual direction of Fr. Michael Rodríguez.  Finally, Fr. Rodríguez was the only priest in the diocese who was openly promoting true Catholic education and supporting those who wish to homeschool within their family. 

    Many Catholics will attest to the fact that no other priest in El Paso was working harder than Fr. Rodríguez for the sanctification and salvation of our souls.  And now he is gone, and so is the rich and magnificent spiritual life that we formerly had at San Juan. The grief and sorrow which many of us are experiencing is unimaginable.  We've lost our spiritual father!  Many of the faithful are utterly devastated. They simply do not know where to go for the feeding and care of their souls.  Hundreds of letters have already been written to our Bishop, and we intend to make it thousands upon thousands.  The injustice is palpable, especially for those who prefer the Traditional Latin Mass, as well as the poor, the elderly and children who relied on him for their spiritual nourishment. Their pain and hopelessness is written all over their faces.

    This morning we presented Bishop Armando Ochoa with a petition of more 180 signatures, and are still in the process of gathering more. Our hope is to have 500 by next week and then grow that number even more.  We are urging our Bishop to be obedient to Pope Benedict XVI, and provide El Paso with a parish life centered on the Traditional Latin Mass.  Secondly, we are pleading with our Bishop:  please, please send Fr. Rodríguez back to us.  We love him, he's sacrificed so much for us, and El Paso desperately needs the light and strength of his priesthood.

David V. Rodríguez, El Paso native and younger brother of Fr. Rodriguez
(915) 541-5853


(1) Offer prayers and fastings for the speedy return of Fr. Rodriguez to San Juan Bautista.

(2) Call the El Paso Chancery daily and speak to whom ever you can regarding this matter, explaining how even though you do not live in El Paso, you believe it is very important for Fr. Rodriguez to return to his sheep without a shepherd. Hopefully you can speak from the heart and in full sincerity. You can also express a desire to see a re-growth in the Traditional Latin Mass. We would like to see the chancery flooded with phone calls of support for Catholic truth in the interest of the good of souls. (Feel free to talk their ear off!) Explain to them why this is important, even for someone who does not live within the diocese, but how we are all part of the Church and it affects us all. Explain how important it is to have a priest who will defend and proclaim the truth, who will pray with his people on a daily basis before the Blessed Sacrament, who will remain in the confessional past midnight absolving sins.
- The phone number for the diocese is (915) 872-8400.
- If you do call, please also make a log of your call and email it to
- The log would look something like this:
"Sept 27, Tue, 1245pm (CST), spoke with Mary for 15 min requesting the return of Fr. Rodriguez. (add any details of your conversation, and finish with your name) - John Doe of the Diocese of Dallas (for example)"

(3) Write to the Office of the Bishop requesting that Fr. Rodriguez be returned. The letter could be a brief summary of some of what you mentioned over the phone, a personal testimony, a simple request, or any other similar matter. Each letter can focus on the return of Fr. Rodriguez and/or the restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass and traditional parish life in El Paso. As per the letters, we are interested in quantity over quality. I would keep them brief, no more than one hand written page. We never know how much attention will actually be given to them by the bishop or his staff. Little children can also draw pictures and send letters (for example, as a home school project).  Many letters should be sent, not just one.  We want to continue our support of the Faith until justice has been restored.  Remember, there are many poor people in the Diocese of El Paso (poor materially and poor spiritually) who have had their voice and their advocate removed from them.

You can send letters to
"Bishop Armando Ochoa, 499 Saint Matthews St, El Paso, TX 79907-4214
If you do send a letter, we also ask that you send a scanned copy of it to

(4) Forward this email to as many people you know, requesting the same of them.  Particularly forward this email to anyone you know who is concerned about the Catholic faith, the salvation of souls, and the promotion of the truth regarding Catholic marriage, abortion, and other defenses against the attack on family.  We cannot describe adequately how much Fr. Rodriguez was alone in his defense of the truth, particularly with regards to the liturgy, orthodoxy, and all life issues.  Please forward this email to any Catholic websites you read or Catholic organizations to which you belong. It may be helpful to remove the FWD in the subject line.

We are hoping to get huge support (local, national, and even international) for the return of Fr. Rodriguez. We believe this has happened to so many faithful all over the Catholic world. In these modern times, prelates often talk about how this is the 'Church of the People' and yet so often the authentic voice of the Catholic faithful is completely ignored in these dark days of diminishing Faith. The more support we receive (and the documentation of that support), the more public pressure we can bring to bear on this matter of injustice. This is a movement to promote our Catholic Faith, to defend orthodox Church Teaching, esp. on matters such as the sanctity and uniqueness of Marriage, to restore the traditions of our Faith, especially the Traditional Catholic Mass, and also an effort to return Fr. Rodriguez to the sheep who desperately need a shepherd.

Re: Help Father Rodriguez (please look at this thread) - Mithrandylan - 10-13-2011

Folks, at the very least make sure to vote in that poll linked to in the first paragraph.  You literally just have to click the "yes" option on the poll.  Click once to be directed to the website and then again to vote.  You don't have to register for anything, give your email or anything at all.  If you can send other emails or make phone calls, by all means, please do taht as well. 

God bless you.

Re: Help Father Rodriguez (please look at this thread) - Mithrandylan - 10-13-2011

Bump, in case anyone hasn't seen it.  Please do what you can to help the dear padre.

Re: Help Father Rodriguez (please look at this thread) - K3vinhood - 10-13-2011


Re: Help Father Rodriguez (please look at this thread) - TraddieCatholic - 10-14-2011

Also, if you want find out more ways to help you can visit this site ( for more information. At the bottom of the page there are tabs listing all the possible ways to help out in this cause. You can also sign a petition to bring Father Rodriguez back to El Paso on this site. You can also find sermons, articles, and videos by Father Rodriguez at ( -----NOTE: don't type www. in will not work) Please send both of these sites to everyone you know to help spread the word!

Re: Help Father Rodriguez (please look at this thread) - piusx1914 - 10-20-2011

I think Voris did a nice job with the "Fr. Rodriguez fiasco" today:

Toward the end he is using the word "modernist" in reference to priests and bishops.  I like it!

I also liked the part when the guy said "being a priest or bishop doesn't mean you are a Catholic - Martin Luther was a priest...".  So true!

It's good to see all the people protesting in front of the chancery. 

A lot of other good stuff in there, too.  It's worth a watch...

Re: Help Father Rodriguez (please look at this thread) - Gorgondie - 10-20-2011

okay voted.....

Re: Help Father Rodriguez (please look at this thread) - crusaderfortruth3372 - 10-20-2011

prayers for the Holy Priest! :pray: :pray:

Re: Help Father Rodriguez (please look at this thread) - Gorgondie - 10-20-2011

(10-20-2011, 06:54 PM)piusx1914 Wrote: I think Voris did a nice job with the "Fr. Rodriguez fiasco" today:

Toward the end he is using the word "modernist" in reference to priests and bishops.  I like it!

I also liked the part when the guy said "being a priest or bishop doesn't mean you are a Catholic - Martin Luther was a priest...".  So true!

It's good to see all the people protesting in front of the chancery. 

A lot of other good stuff in there, too.  It's worth a watch...

i just watched that video...
somebody needs to give that Bishop a pop in the chops

Re: Help Father Rodriguez (please look at this thread) - Scriptorium - 10-20-2011