April 6, 2001
volume 12, no. 96

James P. McGovern
Massachusetts, 3rd 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 state known as the pro-abort den of iniquity - Massachusetts where there is not one Pro-Life Congressman. How sad. Here is a Catholic state that tells the story of how the culture of death serpent has slithered into American politics and its venom has poisoned so many Catholics who know better. Whose to blame? The Catholic voters for electing them and their bishops for not pointing out their error and being more forceful in enforcing strict doctrine. This is a state of Ted Kennedy clones and we do blame the people and the clergy because a very qualified and staunch Pro-Life Catholic tried to run against Teddy and was ignored. This was Phillip Lawler, Editor of the excellent monthly Catholic World News Report and Catholic World News service. But because he was a "one issue candidate" he was buried on the back pages while pro-aborts got the headlines and the dirty money.

    Of the ten congressman from the Bay State, all Democrats, seven claim to be Catholic. Both the state's 'Catholic' Democratic senators are overtly pro-abort which makes it over 80% pro-abort 'Catholic' politicians from Massachusetts. Oh, what sad times these are. Because of the blanket heresies being spread and the abuses by voters who claim to be 'Catholic' and the people they elect, we continue to cover pro-abort 'Catholic' congressman in this sorry state alphabetically.

    Therefore the fourth culprit we will expose today is James P. McGovern, the thirty-seventh on the overall list of "Herod's Heroes" to date who is the Democratic Representative for the 3rd District which encompasses the area west of Boston in Worcester and extending in a gerrymandering-like long corridor southeast to Fall River. His district includes parts of two dioceses and the Archdiocese of Boston. However, since his residence and main office is in Worcester, he comes under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Worcester. 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 McGovern, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    Born in 1950 and raised Catholic in Worcester, Jim McGovern received his B.A. from American University in 1981 and his MPA from the same college in 1984. While there he worked as an aide in Senator George McGovern's office. Though no relation, the liberal Democratic policies rubbed off on him. It was Jim McGovern who managed the senator's failed presidential campaign in the state in 1984 and Jim was also chosen to deliver South Dakota's McGovern's presidential nomination speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. After McGovern was badly beaten by President Ronald Reagan, Jim McGovern went to work for long-time House Congressman Joe Moakley, also a Catholic and one of only two Massachusetts politicians to vote for the partial-birth abortion ban. Though Moakley, the dean of the Massachusetts delegation, has the best record among 'Catholic' politicians in the state, he has still supported the culture of death 27%. It should be 0%. Yet, one might say a 73% Pro-Life record in Massachusetts is phenomenal considering the moral mindset of this state. However, to applaud that is to accept less and God does not accept lukewarmness (cf. Apocalypse 3: 15-17).

    Jim McGovern worked in Moakley's office for fourteen years before being elected to the House from the 3rd District in 1996. He is now in his third term. During the time he worked for Moakley, he was sent to El Salvador in 1989. There he headed a congressional investigation of the murder of six Jesuit priests and two Catholic lay women. In addition, McGovern has often worked as a volunteer for the Mt. Carmel House run by the Carmelite Sisters as well as being on the Board of Directors of the Jesuit International Volunteers. Yet he votes to allow mothers to kill their own flesh and blood in the third trimester! Something's definitely rotten in Denmark and Massachusetts!

    There are many Catholics he represents, but if their thinking is the same as his, then you can see why there is no outrage in Massachusetts - from Cardinal Law to the Jesuits to the Carmelite sisters to the once-a-week Catholic. No wonder the Bay State is in such sorry shape! You would think, with his own Catholic upbringing, reputation for being a 'champion of human rights' and the welfare of all those he represents - including the unborn, the most defenseless of all - 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 McGovern 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 Worcester 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 McGovern?

    You can e-mail James McGovern 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, whose jurisdiction governs McGovern's area of residence and his constituents, Bishop Daniel P. Reilly, Bishop of Worcester, as well as the area of McGovern's contituency which involves His Eminence Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston and Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., Bishop of Fall River, along with McGovern's governing prelate in the nation's capitol Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C. to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman McGovern that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will be EXCOMMUNICATED.

    We can't emphasize enough to Cardinal Law and Bishop Reilly as well as the other bishops of Massachusetts that it is way past time to clean out the barn. The manure of malaise and tolerance for sin has been piled so high in the Bay State that you must take action now. You cannot allow this to continue. If you do, what are loyal Catholics to think? What, dear Eminence and Excellencies, are you afraid of? Why have you waited so long? For you to wait any longer will cast great doubts on your ability to lead and to shepherd the faithful, and cast even greater scandal through your failure to do anything. The argument of being patient and using love is nothing but a cover to do the same ol' and tolerate sin. Seven of the nine 'Catholic' pro-abort Democrats voted not to ban the horrible partial-birth abortion. McGovern is one of them. Yes, Jesus loves and forgives, but He does not tolerate tolerance of sin; the sinner, yes; the sin, never! You have this opportunity to forgive but only if the sinner is repentant and resolves to sin no more. If you do nothing what are we to think? More importantly, what is God to think?

    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 McGovern 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 James McGovern 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 McGovern 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 James McGovern
416 Cannon HO Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel. 1-202-225-6101
FAX: 1-202-225-5759


Congressman James McGovern
3rd District
34 Mechanic St.
Worcester, MA 01608
Tel. 1-508-831-7356
FAX: 1-508-754-0982

Bishop Daniel P. Reilly
Bishop of Worcester
2 High Ridge Road
Worcester, MA 01602


Bishop Daniel P. Reilly
Diocese of Worcester
49 Elm Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Tel. 1-508-791-7171
FAX: 1-508-753-7180


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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