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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."
Before we leave the state of New York we must add to this list the state's highest ranking official - the Governor George Pataki. Here is the man who so many Catholics hoped and prayed would live up to the teachings of the Church. After all, he was Catholic and a Republican, succeeding the pro-abort 'Catholic' governor Mario Cuomo in 1995. But sadly, rather than being a Paul, Pataki has turned out to be a Saul - a Judas through his fence-sitting and double-speak that talks a good line but bows to political pressure from the Left. As an ally of satan through Pataki's 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 Pataki, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishop should take very, very seriously.
Born on a family farm Peekskill, New York on June 24, 1945, Pataki received his degree from Yale in 1957 and three later from Columbia School of Law. He abecame the youngest mayor ever elected in the City of Peekskill and served a second term, receiving the largest percentage of votes ever. Rather than running for a third term he turned his attention to running for the State Legislature where he served for ten years until throwing his hat in the gubertorial election in 1994.
But once elected he made it known he was beholden to the feminists and other pro-abort groups, greatly disappointing loyal Catholics in New York and everywhere else. His wife Libby is deeply committed to children's health issues and she's especially concerned about cures for breast cancer. Can't she and her husband see the link between abortion and breast cancer? Just Friday Governor Pataki made a show of linking with talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell to be the spokesperson for the Abandoned Infant Protection Act that he signed into law last year. That is all well and good, but O'Donnell is a feminist pro-abort. When will she and Governer Pataki realize the greatest abandonment of all is the infant in the womb?
Pataki could do so much good, yet there have been few fruits because, through his please-everybody action and record, he has become lukewarm and shown a steady tendency to overlook all the teachings of the Catholic Church and her mandate of upholding life in all stages. By his fence-sitting on Pro-Life issues he has shown an alarming consistency in enabling 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 today's Gospel 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."
Is Governor Pataki 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 Albany 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, Governor Pataki?
You can e-mail Governor Pataki 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We call on Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, Pataki's bishop in Albany to issue a mandate to Governor Pataki that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will be notified that he has EXCOMMUNICATED himself and will be duly noticed by the Church and so published. Only through action will these pro-aborts who claim to be 'Catholic' truly realize the Church means business. Bishop Hubbard must realize he has a duty before God, a duty to his flock 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 Governor Pataki 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 Governor Pataki 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. But if he refuses, 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, Governor Pataki 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).
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