Another priest removed for explaining Church teaching on homosexuality, now in Texas

This comes on the heels of a similar story last week about a New Brunswick priest.

EL PASO, September 22, 2011 ( – Just after news broke that a priest in Canada had been suspended from active ministry for speaking out against abortion and homosexual behavior, news has also broken that a Texas priest who stirred controversy last month by publishing essays that condemned the homosexual lifestyle is being removed from his parish, ABC-7 reports. However, unlike the situation in Canada, where the priest was removed from active ministry altogether, the Texas priest is being transferred to another parish. (Source)

So what heinous crime did the Texas priest commit? Did he say something that went against Church teaching? Did he violate Canon Law? No, it’s much more mundane:

“(Father) Rodriguez has recently challenged certain city officials to participate with him in a partisan debate on issues related to an upcoming election,” said Ochoa. “This type of intervention in the political in the political process by religious organizations such as the Diocese of El Paso and San Juan Bautista Church is not permitted under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code.” (Source)

I suggest that Bishop Ochoa spend less effort trying to protect his charitable tax status and more time trying to protect his flock from false teaching.

This is exactly what Socon or Bust has been warning about for years. Sound Catholic teaching is being muzzled or watered down because of money.

“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8)

He’ll find lots of registered charities, but I’m not sure they’ll be Christian anymore.


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