April 19, 2001
volume 12, no. 109

Robert Menendez
New Jersey, 13th 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 Texas, we move east again into the very Catholic state of New Jersey where there are three pro-abort congressmen who proclaim they are Catholic. The forty-fifth on the overall list of "Herod's Heroes" to date and the first in New Jersey is Robert Menendez, the Democratic Representative for the 13th District of New Jersey which covers the vicinity across from New York City from North Bergen on the north to Perth Amboy in the south, including Newark, Bayonne, Hoboken and Jersey City. 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 Menendez, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    Born in 1954 in New York City, he began his political career as an elected official of the Union City School Board at only 20. During that time he received his B.A. from St. Peter's College, a Jesuit University in Jersey City, in 1976 and his law degree three years later from Rutgers. The last we checked St. Peter's was still Catholic in 1976, so how did Menendez ever come to the logic that killing a child in the womb was morally acceptable? Could it be, once again, the Democratic Party?

    In 1986 he was elected mayor of Union City, the first Hispanic to ever hold that post. While mayor he also served in the New Jersey State Assembly, followed by the State Senate. You would think, with his own Catholic upbringing and his constant Catholic culture, and the fact that Catholics number one half of his total constituency, that he would have gone against the grain of his party and seek to do what is right when he was elected to the United States House for the 13th District in 1992. But noooo! Because of his party affiliation he was even 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 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 became 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 Menendez 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 Newark 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 past time of Lent and now 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 Menendez?

    You can e-mail Robert Menendez 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 menendez@mail.house.gov

    We call on the bishop, whose jurisdiction govern's Menendez area of residence and his constituents, Bishop Paul G. Bootkowski, appointed Administrator pro-tem of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Newark, along with Menendez' governing prelate in the nation's capitol Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C., to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Menendez that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will be EXCOMMUNICATED.

    Cardinal McCarrick especially should take notice of Menendez' abhorrent voting record and his total disregard for the Sancity of Life. You see, before His Eminence was appointed to the Washington D.C. see last year, he had been the shepherd in Newark. So Menendez' actions have to be doubly embarrassing to the good cardinal. Cardinal McCarrick must realize, along with the man who was his Vicar General in Newark - Bishop Bootkowski - that they have a duty before God, a duty to their flocks to extend mercy through the grace-period of this past Lent and now the Easter Season leading up to Pentecost. If no action is taken or if there is and Congressman Menendez 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 Robert Menendez 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 Menendez 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:


Congressman Robert Menendez
2238 Rayburn HO Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel. 1-202-225-7919
FAX: 1-202-226-0792


Congressman Robert Menendez
13th District
911 Bergen Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Tel. 1-201-222-2828
FAX: 1-201-222-0188

Bishop Paul G. Bootkowski
Administrator pro-tem
Archdiocese of Newark
171 Clifton Avenue
P.O. Box 9500
Newark, NJ 07104-9500
Tel. 1-973-497-4000
FAX: 1-973-497-4033
Archdiocese of Newark


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:

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


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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