WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK
April 11, 2001
volume 12, no. 101

Congressman
Ciro Rodriguez
Texas, 28th District


    This series, appropriately titled "Herod's Heroes," is intended to separate the wheat from the chaff by revealing those men and women, for whom we have voted, and who are not upholding the ideals God expects of His children. We cannot condone sin, and they are promoting the most vile of sin by being accomplices to the slaughter of millions of innocents in the womb. That is why, like the Judean king of Christ's time, who, out of political expediency and jealousy, tried to eliminate the Messiah by killing the first-born of every family, so also they are helping satan in killing God's precious ones sacrificed at the altar of the convenience of modern life. These "Herod's Heroes" are under the totally false misconception that a woman has the right to do with her body as she wants. Wrong! It is not hers, but rather God's. The body we have is merely a shell to hold our soul. The soul is forever; the body, as we are reminded on Ash Wednesday, will return to dust. Christ has said in Matthew 10: 28, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather be afraid of him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

    Today, having completed the pro-abort infested den of Massachusetts we continue in the Lone Star state as we skip around the country to cover the next most populace state with 'Catholic' congressional pro-aborts.That would be Texas where there are five of them. Two of them have a 100% pro-abort record which means they also voted not to ban partial-birth abortion. Those two we are bringing you this week when Jesus suffers His Passion and Death, offering Himself as an Immolated Lamb for all - even those who offend Him so through their embrace of satan's agenda and the eradication of Christ's beloved innocents.

    That means the second culprit we will expose is Ciro D. Rodriguezz, the forty-first on the overall list of "Herod's Heroes" to date who is the Democratic Representative for the 28th District of Texas which encompasses an area stretching from southeast San Antonio to the Rio Grande and the Mexican border. As an ally of satan through his uncompromising pro-abortion stance, he is enabling lucifer to "destroy both soul and body in hell." Through his actions he has become an enemy of God and the Roman Catholic Church. This is not a political statement on Rodriguez, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    Born in Mexico in 1946, Ciro Rodriguez was raised Catholic and went on to receive his BA from the University of St. Mary's University in San Antonio in 1973, a year after his fellow congressman Charles Gonzalez, yesterday's "Herod's Hero" graduated from the same institution. St. Mary's is a Catholic University run by the Society of Mary or Marianists. It's doubtful the Marianists preached abortion. Then where did the notion that it is okay for a mother to do anything she wants with her body including killing her body come from? Could it be when he embraced the Democratic Party and they engulfed him in the culture of death? Very possibly. Because after St. Mary's he attended Our Lady of the Lake University where he not only received a Masters in Social Work in 1978, but taught there from 1987 to 1996! The latter institution is run by the Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence. Surely with that name they could not have instilled a culture of death mindset in Mr. Rodriguez, could they? So where did Rodriguez go wrong? Again, could it be when he embraced the Democratic Party and they engulfed him in the culture of death?

    What is so disturbing about Rodriguez is that he should know better. He has no excuses. While attending Our Lady of the Lake he served as a board member of the Harlandale Independent School District. Did the NEA pollute his mind? He served as a caseworker as well with the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Surely he has to have empathy for God's most disabled creatures. Then why does he not have compassion for God's most helpless creatures - the unborn? Good question and the only answer has to be: the Democratic Party!

    Here is a man who was entrenched in Catholic doctrine and lived and breathed it on campus for fifteen years. But the lure of the devil prompted him to leave his morals and values behind. He served in the State House of Texas from 1987 to 1997 while moonlighting on campus as well. In 1997 he ran and won the 28th District Seat for the U.S. House of Representatives. Ah, yes, the Democratic Party! Like Judas Iscariot, Rodriguez has badly betrayed Our Lord and His innocent ones, as well as Rodriguez' own Church and those he represents. His district covers more area than the states of New Jersey and Connecticutt combined with, naturally, far, far fewer constituents. But, a vast majority of them are Catholic. You would think, with his own Catholic upbringing and for the welfare of a large number of his Catholic contingents, that he would go against the grain of his party and seek to do what is right. But noooo! Because of his party affiliation he is more willing to turn his back on God than his fellow Democrats. What price politics?!

    As a congressman he could do so much good, yet there have been no fruits because, through his action and record, he has steadily shown a disdain for the teachings of the Catholic Church and her mandate of upholding life in all stages. By his 100% pro-abort record he has shown an alarming consistency in voting for and legislating pro-abortion measures that empower the culture of death. He will have to answer to God for these transgressions against Christ's innocent ones as Jesus says in Matthew 25: 45, "'Amen I say to you, as long as you did not do it for one of these least ones, you did not do it for Me.' And these will go into everlasting punishment, but the just into everlasting life."

    We ask him to repent of his ways, help turn the Democratic Party away from the culture of death and the immoral organization it has come under the evil leadership of the Clinton administration. We ask him to help bring the Party back to the glory days when the Party stood for decency and right. Today the Party he is so proud of is so far Left that its members, who continue to promote abortion - murder in the womb, could very well be left out at the Heavenly gates when their time comes.

    Is Congressman Rodriguez truly aware of that? We call on all to help him see the grave error of his ways and we call on his bishops in San Antonio and in Washington D.C. to take firm, responsible action to assure that if he continues to persist in the sin, he will be banished from the Church for remaining a Catholic while carrying on the sin with no sign of repentance. It is truly a slap in God's and His Church's face. As we wrote in our Ash Wednesday OPEN LETTER TO THE BISHOPS OF AMERICA and a week later in It's up to you. Left or Right? we respectfully, but strongly recommend this time of Lent and Easter as a time for the bishops to extend the warning - a time of Mercy - for these wayward 'Catholics' who promote abortion to repent of their ways. If they stubbornly refuse, then after Pentecost Sunday it's time to take action and dismiss them as apostates. Do you really want that, Congressman Rodriguez?

    You can e-mail Ciro Rodriguez and, in love, ask him yourself. Beg him to repent of his ways. Remind him what Jesus asserts in Matthew 16: 26-27, "For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will render to everyone according to his conduct." Is his political career more important than the welfare of his soul? Ask him. His e-mail is tx28@legislators.com

    We call on the bishop, whose jurisdiction govern's Rodriguez' area of residence and his constituents, Archbishop Patrick F. Flores of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, along with Gonzalez' governing prelate in the nation's capitol Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C., to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Rodriguez that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will be EXCOMMUNICATED.

    These bishops have a duty before God, a duty to their flocks to extend mercy through the grace-period of Lent and Easter Season leading up to Pentecost. If no action is taken or if there is and Congressman Rodriguez refuses to heed even the Church, then let him be an anathema.

    Like the prodigal son, we will gladly welcome him back and be proud to number him as a loyal Catholic - as a Paul who once was Saul. Does Ciro Rodriguez really want his legacy in eternity to be that he was one of "Herod's Heroes?" With all the good that he has sought to accomplish, why have it blotted out by the evil that he has done? We pray his heart will be touched and he will return to the fold. We ask him to seek out Father Daniel Coughlin, House Chaplain, and discuss it with him. But if he refuses, or chooses not to cooperate with the Church, if he ignores God's commands, then so be it. He has sold his soul to the devil and Christ has made it very clear in Matthew 19: 15-18 of how to treat one who turns his back on His teachings.

    Our bishops MUST follow Our Lord's teachings, they MUST stand up for Christ and His Church. They MUST not only speak out without reservation, but they MUST issue the ultimatum to these pro-abort politicians who bring so much scandal to the Church by continuing to call themselves 'Catholic.' If, by Pentecost Sunday, Congressman Rodriguez refuses to repent, then he must be notified that he has interdicted himself by his actions, incurred automatic suspension (latae sententiae), and thus has been EXCOMMUNICATED! (cf. Canon Law 1329, 2; 1397 and 1398).

If you agree with us that action needs to be taken, write or call the persons below and:

Please SIGN THE PETITION TO THE POPE as well!
Go to PETITION TO THE HOLY FATHER

Congressman Ciro Rodriguez
323 Cannon HO Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel. 1-202-225-1640
FAX: 1-202-225-1641
tx28@legislators.com

and/or

Congressman Ciro Rodriguez
28th District
1313 SE Military Drive, Suite 115
San Antonio, TX 78214
Tel. 1-361-279-3907
FAX: 1-361-279-8117

Archbishop Patrick Flores
2600 W. Woodlawn Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78228

and/or

Archbishop Patrick Flores
Archdiocese of San Antonio
2718 W. Woodlawn Ave.
P.O. Box 28410
San Antonio, TX 78228
Tel. 1-210-734-2620
FAX: 1-210-734-0231

and

Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
Archdiocese of Washington D.C.
Archdiocesan Pastoral Center
5001 Eastern Ave.,
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, D.C. 20017
Tel. 301-853-4540
FAX: 301-853-5359

Also, let Father Frank Pavone and Priests for Life know you're committed for the Sanctity of Life:

PRIESTS FOR LIFE
PO Box 141172
Staten Island, NY 10314
Tel: 888-PFL-3448,718-980-4400
Fax: 718-980-6515
mail@priestsforlife.org www.priestsforlife.org

If you really want to see if the bishops will take action, write:

Most Reverend Gabriel Montalvo Apostolic Pro Nuncio
3339 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20008-3687
Tel. 1-202-333-7121
FAX: 1-202-338-4036

or if you really want to make waves:

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
00120 Vatican City State, Europe
cdf@cfaith.va

and

Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re
Prefect, Congregation for Bishops
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City State, Europe

For the list of 'Catholic' pro-abort politicians revealed thus far, see Archive of Herod's Heroes


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