March 30, 2004
vol 15, no. 90

Open Plea to Archbishop Sean O'Malley

    How one man can halt the sins of John Kerry and save our nation and countless souls!

Archbishop Sean O'Malley, you have no other alternative. It is either your neck or Kerry's. Most of us believe, as the Church teaches, that your soul will be damned along with Kerry's and countless others if you do not take action. Conversely think of the souls that can be saved, including hopefully Kerry's and your own soul, if you take the action the Church has always mandated!

   The latest sacrilegious shenanigan by Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry in the "it's a Sacrament, not a Photo-Op" department, is without a doubt, the most brazen blasphemy that Catholics will ever see.

   When Kerry was that late for the 10:30 Mass, he should have gone to a later Mass, instead of causing such a commotion as if to say, "well here I am, you lucky people -- let the proceedings continue." Then he had the GALL, to receive Holy Communion with a mortal sin on his soul. How do I know this? Because he says that women should have the right to have their unborn child, if they so choose. To promote the killing of human beings is a MORTAL SIN. The Catholic bishops know this, which is why they threaten Kerry and that's all they do -- threaten.

   You, as his own bishop - Archbishop Sean O'Malley, OFMCap, have supposedly told him to refrain from receiving Communion until he repents his sin. THAT'S IT? Just give a warning? Come on, Archbishop O'Malley, you know that threat is not going to prevent ambitious politicians, like Kerry, from walking up to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. It sure hasn't curtailed another of your wards, Senator Edward M. Kennedy from furthering his sinful ways. He and Kerry are blatant heretics. They disagree with Catholic Doctrine. Even they admit it. But now that Kerry has been thrust into the national limelight, Massachusetts dirty little secret will be known to all.

   I ask again, Your Excellency, why are you allowing the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ to be put in the mouth of a person who walks to the tune of satan? Kerry is making fools of the Catholic hierarchy. Surely, you must know this. He's going around to every Catholic Church in the area he visits to receive Holy Communion and you allow this desecration to happen. Shame, shame on you for pleasing man and shaming God.

   Kerry knows without the Catholic vote, he is dead. In 2000 pro- abortion Al Gore had the majority of the Catholic vote and he isn't even Catholic.-- all because of weak bishops who are more afraid of losing their tax status, or tithhes from their pro-abortion-oriented parishioners, or prestige with their secular civil buddies, than saving the lives of innocent children.

   I've said it before: Black churches are not afraid and you know they will NEVER lose their tax status. Gore and Bill Clinton actually went to black churches to get their vote and their money. Personally I think this is just an excuse by the American bishops to silently condone the entire Democratic platform which is pro-abortion and pro-sodomy and I know the bishops are mighty soft on the latter just from their actions, inactions and continued cover-up. Former Governor Frank Keating was definitely on target when he referred to the bishops as a "modern mafia" - a Cosa Nostra.

   You, Archbishop O'Malley, are not protecting the rest of the flock. Unless this contaminated sheep is cut from the flock, the flock will continue to be contaminated. Because of weak bishops, the rate of Catholic women having their unborn child killed, is greater than the Evangelicals and the rate of Catholics voting for pro-abortion candidates is also greater. If you and the rest of the bishops are truly pro-life, you will publicly EXCOMMUNICATE, according to Canon Law, all Catholic politicians who are pro-abortion. It must be public, so that all Catholics nationwide know that when God says, "Thou Shalt Not Kill," He means it. There are 13 Catholic senators that fit this category and I'm sure you know who they are. It's not surprising that 12 are in the Democratic party. Is this why they are not excommunicated?

   I know that the Catholic clergy for reasons that I cannot fathom, have an affinity to this "Party of Death," but this is taking politics to the extreme. Human life is more important and why should I have to tell you this?

   Catholics around the country having had to go through the homosexual scandal by the Catholic clergy want the bishops to cease from their pathetic enforcement of Canon Law. We want to know that our bishops are tending the flock and not just sitting in their ivory towers, oblivious to the wolves unleashed by satan. Don't listen to the liberal, radical Voice of the Faithful, listen to what Christ says, "Go, and sin no more."

   Kerry has no shame. He wants to impress Catholics, just to get their vote. "Look at me -- I'm a good Catholic." NO! HE IS NOT!!! And his record is verifiable proof of this. Kerry has vowed that if he is president, he will appoint only pro-abortion judges to the Supreme Court. About four are ready to retire. President George W. Bush's nominees to the Appellate Courts have all been pro-life, which is why the Democratic party has been filibustering them. They know the next step is the Supreme Court.

   If you are concerned about the American holocaust, there's a simple solution -- publicly excommunicate Kerry and the rest of the heretic Catholic politicians at one full swoop, so that it makes the headlines. This way, Catholics around the country will get the message and vote for pro-life candidates. This MUST be done before November.

   There are over 62 million Catholics in the United States -- over 42 million of voting age, so it is plain to see that Catholics can control the elections, that is -- if their bishops really want to end the killing of God's precious unborn children.

   It all comes down to the very fact that one way or the other you will have to account to God for how you shepherded your flock. Were you a wolf in shepherd's clothing, or did you genuinely care for the spiritual welfare of God's children? By your actions you have thus far betrayed yourself as being in the former category. Yes, Your Excellency, the fur is very evident.

   The latest issue of Time Magazine carried the following proposition and scary canard that only the bishops, most specifically you, Your Excellency, can resolve.

    The last time a major political party put forward a Roman Catholic candidate for President, he had to confront bigotry and suspicion that he would be taking orders from Rome.

    Forty-four years later, the Democrats are poised to nominate another Catholic—another Senator from Massachusetts whose initials happen to be J.F.K.—and this time, the controversy over his religion may develop within the Catholic Church itself.

    Kerry's positions on some hot-button issues aren't sitting well with members of the church elite. Just listen to a Vatican official, who is an American: "People in Rome are becoming more and more aware that there's a problem with John Kerry, and a potential scandal with his apparent profession of his Catholic faith and some of his stances, particularly abortion."

    But it's far from clear whether the greater political problem is Kerry's or the church's. "I don't think it complicates things at all," Kerry told TIME in an interview aboard his campaign plane on Saturday, the first in which he has discussed his faith extensively. "We have a separation of church and state in this country. As John Kennedy said very clearly, I will be a President who happens to be Catholic, not a Catholic President." Still, when Kennedy ran for President in 1960, a candidate could go through an entire campaign without ever having to declare his position on abortion—much less stem cells, cloning or gay marriage. It was before Roe v. Wade, bioethics, school vouchers, gay rights and a host of other social issues became the ideological fault lines that divide the two political parties and also divide some Catholics from their church.

    Kerry is a former altar boy who complains when his campaign staff does not leave time in his Sunday schedule for Mass, who takes Communion and describes himself as a "believing and practicing Catholic, married to another believing and practicing Catholic." But just last week he made a rare appearance on the Senate floor to vote against a bill that would make harming a fetus a separate offense during the commission of a crime. The vote put Kerry on the same side as abortion-rights advocates in opposing specific legal rights for the unborn—and against nearly two-thirds of his fellow Senators.

    Polls consistently show that Americans prefer their leaders to be religious, and in running to unseat the most openly devout President in recent years, Kerry has at times put a pious cast on his own rhetoric. In a speech at a Mississippi church on March 7, he said Bush does not practice the "compassionate conservatism" he preaches, and quoted James 2: 14, "What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?"

    Kerry says his faith was instilled in him in childhood and that in Vietnam he wore a rosary around his neck when he went into battle. When Kerry got home from the war, he went through what he calls a "period of a little bit of anger and agnosticism, but subsequently, I did a lot of reading and a lot of thinking and really came to understand how all those terrible things fit." He is enough of a stickler for Catholic rules to have sought an annulment of his 18-year first marriage before marrying again. The Boston Globe's revelation last year that his paternal grandparents were born Jewish and converted to Catholicism has triggered "some fascination," he says, and some frustration over not knowing more about his religious heritage. "I wish my parents were alive and I could ask them all the questions," he says.

    Kerry and other Catholic politicians have long argued that their religious beliefs need not influence their actions as elected representatives. That position is what provoked New York's Archbishop John Cardinal O'Connor in 1984 to castigate New York Governor Mario Cuomo and Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro, who are both pro-choice.

    If anything, the church is getting tougher. The Vatican issued last year a "doctrinal note" warning Catholic lawmakers that they have a "grave and clear obligation to oppose any law that attacks human life. For them, as for every Catholic, it is impossible to promote such laws or to vote for them." When Kerry campaigned in Missouri in February, St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke publicly warned him "not to present himself for Communion"—an ostracism that Canon Law 915 reserves for "those who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin." Kerry was scheduled to be in St. Louis last Sunday, and told TIME, "I certainly intend to take Communion and continue to go to Mass as a Catholic."

    But, inevitably, his religion and his politics will clash. Already, one employee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington says he has lost his job as a result of his political activities on Kerry's behalf. Ono Ekeh was a program coordinator for the conference until last month, when he says his supervisors there confronted him with what he had written—sometimes using workplace computers—on his Yahoo discussion-group website, Catholics for Kerry. What alerted them to his postings, he believes, was a mass e-mail by activist Deal Hudson, editor of a Catholic magazine, Crisis, and a close ally of the Bush White House. Ekeh, 33, had criticized the bishops' recent edicts that Catholic politicians should vote according to church teaching.

    How might the rift between Kerry and the church he calls a "bedrock of values, of sureness about who I am" affect the election? Catholics are among the narrow slice of the electorate considered truly up for grabs this year, and they constitute a major share of the voters in the Midwestern and Southwestern swing states. Those who are most strongly antiabortion are probably already in Bush's camp. But many Catholics are, like Kerry, struggling with contradictions between the church's teachings and what they practice. Still others say abortion is not the only issue that matters when they vote. "There are literally millions of American Catholics who struggle with different feelings and different issues at different times," Kerry says. In the Democratic primaries, Kerry ran particularly strong among Catholics—winning significantly larger shares of their votes in states like New Hampshire, Missouri and Tennessee than he received from Protestants.

    Most Catholic officials expect that the church's response to Kerry's candidacy will vary from diocese to diocese. You may not see many Catholic bishops appearing at Kerry photo ops this campaign season, and there's a possibility of some uncomfortable moments on the trail. "All you need is a picture of Kerry going up to the Communion rail and being denied, and you've got a story that'll last for weeks," says Father Thomas Reese, editor of the Jesuit magazine America.

    For now, theologians say, Kerry's conduct is principally a matter between the candidate and his own Archbishop. Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley has given him Communion in the past; the Senator took the sacrament at O'Malley's installation last July. More recently, however, O'Malley has said that Catholic politicians who do not vote in line with church teachings "shouldn't dare come to Communion." But between the gay-marriage debate in Massachusetts and his efforts to repair the damage from the sexual-abuse scandal that began in his archdiocese, O'Malley already has a plateful of controversy. Kerry, for his part, is planning to avoid stirring any up. "I don't tell church officials what to do," he says, "and church officials shouldn't tell American politicians what to do in the context of our public life."

   It is not Kerry's duty to tell church officials what to do, but it is your duty, Your Excellency, to tell him what God commands him to do. You have that moral responsibility by virtue of your office and vow to God. To defer or to delay is to reject God and His laws. Are you prepared for the consequences of that?

   Let me put it another way which might make the bishops see a little better what I'm saying and what the True Church teaching says: It's either Kerry's neck or your necks. That's right, if you allow Catholics to think it is okay to vote for a known, consistent and unrepentant sinner, then your neck is on the line and, believe me, as St. John Chrysostom has confirmed, "the floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops." Do you really want to go to hell, Your Excellency? If you have your wits about you, you'll wake up soon from this lethargic irresponsibility and take a hard, refreshing stand for the Faith. Imagine, you could be a trendsetter in the same manner as your patron saint of the Capuchins - Saint Francis of Assisi who didn't cater to the rich or worry about what others would say. He was concerned with one thing and one thing only: to rebuild Jesus' Church as he was asked. Is that asking too much of you?

   I will end this letter, Your Excellency, with some thought-provoking wisdom from the renowned Paul Harvey which he titled, "If I were the devil..."

    I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;

    I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's effort, instead of God's blessings;

    I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;

    I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

    I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;

    I would make it legal to kill unborn babies;

    I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;

    I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;

    I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;

    I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;

    I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member with my agenda;

    I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.

    I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;

    I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and call it art;

    I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted;

    I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;

    I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;

    I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional; Hmmm...

    I guess if I were the devil, I'd leave things pretty much the way they are.

   Well, Your Excellency, would you do the same? It is evident thus far that you would. I pray you will realize how you are only aiding and abetting the devil by remaining a milque-toast prelate in handling the likes of John Kerry.

   The sad fact seems to be that the American holocaust will end only when the bishops are ready. I pray you will be ready soon and that you take the lead now, rather than later. That is because, Your Excellency, it is later than you think.

Respectfully yours in Christ to Whom I will obey above men and that includes bishops who disobey Him,

Dr. Frank Joseph

For past columns by Dr. Frank Joseph, see PRO LIFE PRESCRIPTION ARCHIVES

    March 30, 2004
    vol 15, no. 90