A video of Democratic heartthrob and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke berating a Catholic priest in personal terms during an El Paso City Council meeting in 2011 has surfaced.
O’Rourke was speaking to Father Michael Rodriguez, who was testifying at a meeting of the city council in opposition to a plan by the city to extend marriage benefits to city employees who were in same-sex relationships. At the time O’Rourke was a city councilor.
O’Rourke brought up the “moral failings” of the Catholic Church, in the context of Father Rodriguez’s opposition to the city’s recognition of homosexual marriage. He then spoke to the Texas cleric in strikingly personal terms, stating that he “luckily didn’t need your approval to move forward,” even though Father Rodriguez hadn’t interrupted him. Beto also claimed that Rodriguez was trying to “take the moral high ground” in the debate.
Father Rodriguez addressed O’Rourke arguments against his testimony in charitable terms, explaining that many individuals within the Catholic Church failed to live up to church teachings in engaging in sexual abuse, pedophilia and institutional corruption.
Father Rodriguez has been a well-known figure in the traditional Catholic community in Texas.
Watch the video of the heated interaction here, courtesy of the account JMJHFPRODUCTIONS (Beto starts speaking at 6:00):
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