April 26, 2001
volume 12, no. 116

David Obey
Wisconsin, 7th 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 continue in the dairy state of Wisconsin. The fifty-second on the overall list of "Herod's Heroes" to date is David R. Obey, the Democratic Representative for the 7th District of Wisconsin which covers the vast central and northwest central part of the state covering the largest district in Wisconsin stretching from the Central Sands country through the Wisconsin River Valley to the Minnesota border to Superior and the mighty Lake bordering his district on the north - Lake Superior, including the Apostle Islands on the largest of the Great Lakes. His area covers 19 counties and 16, 723 square miles. This is not a political statement on Obey, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    Born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma in 1938, he was raised in Wausau, Wisconsin where the majority of his ancestors worked the rich farmland of the central part of the state. Both he and his future wife Joan attended St. James Catholic school in Wausau during the time when the Faith taught were absolutes. They both graduated together from Wausau East High and continued their education and romance at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dave was one of those rare politicians who got into it because he wanted to contribute something. Having worked in his dad's floor covering firm for many years, he came in contact with a lot of asbestos materials and felt something had to be done to protect people from the harmful, even cancerous effects of this. He was elected in 1969, well before Roe vs. Wade. He has been on Capitol Hill ever since, being one of the senior members of the House. He is now in his seventeenth term representing Wisconsin's 7th District.

    You would hope and pray that being Catholic and especially being educated in the absolutes of the Faith before Vatican II, that he would have gone against the grain of his party and seek to do what is right. But other than voting for the ban and agreeing it should be a federal crime for a non-parent to take a girl across state lines for an abortion, he has done little else. Because of his party affiliation he was even more willing to turn his back on God than his fellow Democrats. And here was a man who came into the Party when it stood for right, for dignity, for God. He has been tainted by those who came after him. Evidently he was not strong enough to stand up for his convictions. 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 sadly shown a disdain for the teachings of the Catholic Church and her mandate of upholding life in all stages. His 74% pro-abort voting record proves a horrendous 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 Obey truly aware of that? We call on all to help him see the grave error of his ways and we call on his bishop in La Crosse as well as the cardinal 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? and Monday in our Open Letter to the Bishops III: "Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends" we respectfully, but strongly remind you time is of the essence. We are now in the second half, if you will, Eastertide - not a lot of time for the bishops to extend the warning - a time of Mercy - for these wayward 'Catholics' who promote abortion to repent of their ways. We have set this date because after this special day of enlightenment there can be NO MORE EXCUSES either from the polticians or the bishops! If the politicians stubbornly refuse, then after Pentecost Sunday it's time to take action and dismiss them as apostates. Do you really want that, Congressman Obey?

    You can e-mail David Obey 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

    We call on the Bishop of LaCrosse, whose jurisdiction governs Obey's area of residence in Wausau and his constituency, Bishop Raymond L. Burke along with Obey's governing prelate in the nation's capitol Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C., to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Obey 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 Obey 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 David Obey 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 Obey 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 David Obey
2314 Rayburn HO Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel. 1-202-225-3365


Congressman David Obey
7th District
401 5th St., Suite 406A
Wausau, WI 54403
Tel: 1-715-842-5606

Bishop Raymond Burke
Diocese of La Crosse
3710 East Ave. So.
P.O. Box 4004
La Crosse, WI 54602
Tel. 1-608-788-7700
FAX: 1-608-788-8413
Bishop's Office


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

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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