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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."
With California completed, we now focus on the state of Pennsylvania. Before we cover the congressional pro-abort 'Catholics' from the State of Pennsylvania we expose the state's highest ranking official - the Governor Thomas Ridge. Here was a man who so many Catholics hoped and prayed would follow in the footsteps of the Pro Life Catholic Governor he preceded Governor Bob Casey. But rather than being a Paul, Ridge turned out to be a Saul - a Judas. As an ally of satan through Ridge's 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 Ridge, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishop should take very, very seriously.
Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Ridge graduated from Harvard in 1967. The Vietnam War interrupted further studies in law and he enlisted in the Army, earning the Bronze Star for Valor in Southeast Asia as an Army sergeant. Returning home, he earned his law degree while working his way up the ranks of the Republican party in a heavily Democratic district. After receiving his JD he was appointed assistant district attorney in Erie County. In 1982 he ran and won the congressional seat, becoming the first enlisted Vietnam combat vet elected to the House of Representatives. He served six terms on the Hill before turning his attention to Harrisburg and the governorship in 1994. During his twelve years in the House he amassed a perfect pro-abort record, going so often against his own party in embracing the culture of death shamelessly. For more details on Ridge's record and his disdain for Catholic doctrine, see today's first installment of Dr. Brian J. Kopp's excellent article in "Father, forgive them..."
Ridge 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 stance 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 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 Ridge 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 Harrisburg 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 Ridge?
You can e-mail Governor Ridge 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 webform e-mail is Pennsylvania Governor E-mail webform
We call on Bishop Nicholas C. Dattilo, Ridge's bishop in Harrisburg to issue a mandate to Governor Ridge that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will be EXCOMMUNICATED.
Bishop Dattilo can take strength from Bishop Donald Trautman's stand against Ridge speaking out. The problem is the Erie prelate didn't go far enough. Proof that words will not sway hard-hearts. Only through action will these pro-aborts who claim to be 'Catholic' truly realize the Church means business. Bishop Dattilo 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 Ridge 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 Ridge 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 Ridge 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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