MONDAY
March 26, 2001
volume 12, no. 85

Congressman
Joe Baca
California, 42nd 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."

    Tenth on the list of congressional pro-abort 'Catholics' from the State of California and twenty-third in numerical order on the list of "Herod's Heroes" is Congressman Joe Baca , Democratic Representative in the House from California's 42nd District which covers the San Bernardino, Riverside areas and the Inland Empire of Southern California including Palm Springs. 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 Baca, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    Baca was elected to represent Southern California's 42nd District in the House in 1999 during a special election and re-elected in 2000 for a full two-year term after serving in the State Assembly in Sacramento for seven years where he was Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly, the first Latino to ever hold that post. A native of Belen, New Mexico, he moved to California at an early age and served as an Army paratrooper with the 101st and 82nd Airborne from 1966 to 1968 during the Vietnam War as a Staff Sergeant, then returned to California to earn his degree from Cal State LA in 1971. After 15 years working for GTE in community relations, he began a travel business with his wife Barbara while raising four children. Thank God he didn't abort them.

    Then why, pray tell, does he vote for others to abort their babies? As a member of the Blue Dog Caucus and looked up to by a large Catholic population of Hispanics, you would think 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?!

    Baca is just starting out on capitol hill and 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 84% 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 Baca 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 San Bernardino 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 Baca?

    You can e-mail Joe Baca 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 c42@legislators.com

    We call on the bishop, whose jurisdiction governs Baca's area of residence and his constituents, Bishop Gerald R. Barnes, Bishop of San Bernardino, California, along with Baca's governing prelate in the nation's capitol Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C. to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Baca that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will be EXCOMMUNICATED.

    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 Baca 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 Joe Baca 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, Congressman Baca 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:

Please SIGN THE PETITION TO THE POPE as well!
Go to PETITION TO THE HOLY FATHER

    Congressman Joe Baca
    2300 Rayburn HO Bldg.
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Tel. 1-202-225-6161
    c42@legislators.com

    and/or

    Congressman Joe Baca
    201 North "E" Street, Suite 102
    San Bernardino, CA 92401
    Tel. 1-909-885-BACA (2222)

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

Bishop Gerald R. Barnes
Diocese of San Bernardino
1201 E. Highland Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92404
Tel. 1-909-475-5110
FAX: 1-707-475-5155
bishop@sbdiocese.org

Also, let Father Frank Pavone and Priests for Life know you're committed for the Sanctity of Life:

PRIESTS FOR 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

and

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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