April 21, 2001
volume 12, no. 111

William J. Pascrell
New Jersey, 8th 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, we complete the state of New Jersey with the third pro-abort congressman who proclaims to be Catholic; this in a state whose largest population are Catholic. The forty-seventh on the overall list of "Herod's Heroes" to date is William J. Pascrell, the Democratic Representative for the 8th District of New Jersey which covers the area west of New York City beginning with Maplewood and South Orange in the south above Newark up through Paterson (New Jersey's third largest city) and north west to Pompton Lakes. 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 Pascrell, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    A life-long resident of Paterson, New Jersey, Pascrell was born there in 1937. He was brought up in the absolute catechesis of Catholicism, first at St. George's Parochial School and then St. John the Baptist High School in Paterson where he was student council president. After attaining his B.A. from the Roman Catholic Fordham University in 1959 and then a Masters two years later, he joined the Army in 1961 after college and then the Army Reserve after active duty. For twelve years he was a high school teacher. His first taste of politics began when he was named to the Paterson School Board. After becoming President of the Board he set his sights higher, gaining a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly in 1987. Three years later in 1990, he was elected Mayor of Paterson. After being named right away as "Mayor of the Year" by fellow New Jersey colleagues, he served for six years before being elected to Congress in 1996 to represent the 8th District of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    You would think, with his strong Catholic upbringing and his constant Catholic culture, especially being trained in the absolutes of the truths prior to the compromises of Vatican II, 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 8th District in 1996. 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. Though Pascrell at least had the decency to vote for the partial-birth abortion ban (unlike his two Democratic colleagues Robert Menendez and Frank Pallone who have a 100% pro-abort record and still claim to be Catholic), Pascrell's 75% pro-abort voting record indicates 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 Pascrell 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 Trenton 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 Pascrell?

    You can e-mail William J. Pascrell 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 bill.pascrell@mail.house.gov

    We call on the bishop, whose jurisdiction govern's Pascrell's area of residence in Paterson and his constituents, Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, along with Pascrell's governing prelate in the nation's capitol Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C., to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Pascrell that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will be EXCOMMUNICATED.

    These bishops must realize 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 Pascrell 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 Bill Pascrell 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 Pascrell 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 William J. Pascrell
1722 Longworth HO Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel. 1-202-225-5751
FAX: 1-202-225-5782


Congressman William J. Pascrell
8th District
Robert A. Roe Building
200 Federal Plaza, Ste. 500
Paterson, NJ 07505
Tel. 1-973-523-5152
FAX: 1-973-523-0637

Bishop Frank J. Rodimer
Bishop of Paterson
178 Derrom Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07504


Bishop Frank J. Rodimer
Diocese of Paterson
777 Valley Road
Clifton, NJ 07013
Tel. 1-973-777-8818
FAX: 1-973-777-8976
Diocese of Trenton


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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