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Fr. Michael Rodriguez defends True Catholic Teaching at City Council





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Uploaded on Jun 17, 2011

In El Paso, Texas, City Council passed an ordinance extending health-care benefits to unmarried "partners" of city employees. Various groups of El Pasoans came out in public opposition to this measure, both from moral and fiscal points-of-view. The citizens forced a special referendum vote on the issue (not an easy thing to pull off in itself.) In that special election, voters repealed City Council's action by a 55-45% margin.

Soon thereafter City Council proposed to proceed anyway, ignoring the vote of the citizens. Public opposition was successful at that time in preventing them from doing so. Once again, Council came back to fly in the face of the vote of the people (not to mention objective morality) and push this agenda forward again.

On June 14, 2011,(Pentecost Tuesday -within the octave of Pentecost) City Council once again voted - amongst themselves - on whether or not to respect the vote of the citizens and objective morality.
Below is a link to the video stream of that discussion. Should you choose to watch the entire discussion - most of it will be self-evident. There is one detail, however, that might not be so clear. Somehow, when the public referendum was held, the city later interpreted it as denying those benefits not only to "partners" of employees - but also to other classes who, of course, do deserve those benefits, such as retired firefighters and police personnel. But by managing to make it appear as though these other classes were also denied benefits, those in favor of extending benefits to unmarried "domestic partners" were able to gain more political clout for their position. A lot revolves around this particular nuance.
Provided below is a link with instructions on how to watch just the portion you wish to.
The Council members weigh in and vote at the end in a process that takes about 35 minutes. Watching this is a great education in the fast downhill slide of this country. The one exception, as you will see, is Representative Carl Robinson. Our respects to Mr. Robinson.

Finally, if you have even more time, it is also instructive to watch all of the public comment which precedes the vote. That, however, is about one-and-a-half hours.

Again, Father Rodriguez does a stunning job of defending Catholic Truth.


To watch the stream, first click on this link:

When that page comes up, see the choice in the left-hand column, "City Council Meetings." Make sure "06/14/11" is displayed in that box and then just click, "Go."

When the video loads (which may take awhile depending on your internet connection), use the sliding bar at the bottom to advance or back-up to whatever you choose to watch, according to the following time-scale.( You may want to let the video load while you do something else and then come back to watch it.)

The discussion begins at 2:58:30.

Father Rodriguez begins at 3:47:00.
Public comment ends at 4:34:50. This is the point at which the Council members explain their reasoning and cast their votes.

The topic ends at 5:10:30.


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