Florida Priest Father Fidel Rodriguez Awarded Donkey Of The Day

Florida Priest Father Fidel Rodriguez Awarded Donkey Of The Day

A Florida priest named Father Fidel Rodriguez has been awarded Donkey Of The Day for biting a woman after she was refused communion at church.

The last Donkey Of The Day of the week puts Charlamagne Tha God back in his happy place.

Case in point, the focus of “Donkey Of The Day: Florida Edition” happens to be a St. Cloud priest by the name of Father Fidel Rodriguez.

It all started when Father Fidel had words with an unidentified woman.

According to the anonymous woman and a witness, this is what happened…

Woman:He wouldn’t give me the cookie. I don’t know if it was the way I was dressed, or if it is what I like.

Witness:He tried to forcefully shove it in her mouth, she backed up. She said no don’t do that and she tried to get it and that is when he went crazy.

Of course, Fidel had a different story to tell…

I am not judging you; I am asking you; did you confess after mass? If you did not confess, I cannot give you communion. I bit her, I am not denying that. I am defending myself and the sacrament.

Fidel had this to add…

I don’t judge nobody.

The Diocese had this to say in a statement…

On Sunday, May 19, at the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in St. Cloud, a woman came through Father Fidel Rodriguez’s Holy Communion line and appeared unaware of the proper procedure. After a brief exchange with the woman, it was determined that she was neither prepared nor disposed to participate in Communion. Father Rodriguez gave the woman a blessing and advised her to receive the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) before coming back to receive Holy Communion (Eucharist).

The same woman arrived at 12 p.m. Mass on Sunday and stood in Father Rodriguez’s Communion line. Father Rodriguez asked if she had been to the Sacrament of Penance (Confession), to which she stated it was not his business. At that time, Father Rodriguez offered the woman Holy Communion on the tongue. At that point, the woman forcefully placed her hand in the vessel and grabbed some sacred Communion hosts, crushing them. Having only one hand free, Father Rodriguez struggled to restrain the woman as she refused to let go of the hosts. When the woman pushed him and reacting to a perceived act of aggression, Father Rodriguez bit her hand so she would let go of the hosts she grabbed. The woman was immediately asked to leave.

It should be noted Father Rodriguez had no prior knowledge of the woman’s background. Further, while the Diocese of Orlando does not condone physical altercations such as this, in good faith, Father Rodriguez was simply attempting to prevent an act of desecration of the Holy Communion, which, as a priest, Father Rodriguez is bound by duty to protect.

The full video and the police report show the woman initiated physical contact and acted inappropriately. The priest was trying to protect the Holy Communion from this sacrilegious act.

In the Catholic Tradition, the Eucharist is considered “the source and summit” of worship and faith. The act of participation in Holy Communion therefore calls for a proper understanding, reverence, and devotion. It is not something a person can arbitrarily demand and is certainly not a mere “cookie” as the complainant called it.

The Diocese of Orlando believes all people of all faiths should be respected and that their religious ceremonies or services should never be disrupted.

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