TUESDAY
March 27, 2001
volume 12, no. 86

Congressman
Charles Rangel
New York, 15th 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, having completed California and Pennsylvania, we begin to ferret out the 'Catholic' pro-abort members of the House of Representatives from the State of New York. First up from New York and twenty-eighth in numerical order on the list of "Herod's Heroes" is Congressman Charles B. Rangel , Democratic Representative in the House from New York's 15th District which covers the Harlem, East Harlem, Rikers Island, the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. 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 Rangel, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    Rangel was elected to represent New York's 15th District in the House way back in 1970 before Roe vs. Wade ever became a questionable law. He unseated the well-known Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and has been a fixture on Capitol Hill ever since. Born and raised in Harlem, this 71 year-old poltician received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his valor in the Korean War. Returning home, he received his BS from New York University and his Law Degree from St. John's University in 1960 during a time when this Catholic University was orthodox. Rangel knows his faith. So what happened. The siren of political power has pulled him to the left and helped turn a Party of the people to the Party of the culture of death.

    And the people he represents are composed largely of Catholics. In addition to Black Harlem, his district includes a large Hispanic contingent of Puerto Ricans and immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Rangel represents a large Italian-American community as well. You would think, with his own Catholic upbringing and for the welfare of a large number of his Catholic contingents, 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 the ranking Democrat on the influential Ways and Means Committee 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."

    He is one of the highest profile personalities in the House, quite possibly because he makes himself available to the media and knows how to manipulate the spinmeisters, headquartered in his district - the media capital of the world - New York City. Consequently, he causes even greater scandal by his sin of condoning abortion and by claiming to be a good Catholic.

    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 Rangel 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 New York City 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 Rangel?

    You can e-mail Charlie Rangel 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 ny15@legislators.com

    We call on the bishop, whose jurisdiction governs Rangel's area of residence and his constituents, His Eminence Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Archbishop of New York City, along with Rangel's governing prelate in the nation's capitol Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C. to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Rangel that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will be EXCOMMUNICATED.

    Both cardinals have established themselves firmly as staunch Pro Life prelates. Your Eminences, you have the key to start the ball rolling, to wake Catholic America up and the rest of the country, to truly put teeth into the mandate. The fruits will be many for while some will lash out at the Church for being too severe, intolerant or any other politically correct euphenism they can conjure up, the vast majority will realize that finally, finally after 28 long, brutal years God's people are fighting back. Not to follow up your words with action will only send a further message to American Catholics that you're not really as serious as you would like them to believe. Please, please, dear Cardinal Egan and Cardinal McCarrick, pave the way now. The other bishops won't act until you do. Show them what is right before God and His Holy Church. You CAN save millions of souls by showing the faithful there is a price to pay if one is not obedient to the Church. For the sake of the unborn past, the unborn present, and the unborn yet to be seeded. Please, please, please!

    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 Rangel 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 Charles Rangel 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 Rangel 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 Charles Rangel
    2354 Rayburn HO Bldg.
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Tel. 1-202-225-4365
    ny15@legislators.com

    and/or

    Congressman Charles Rangel
    163 West 125th St.
    New York, NY 10027
    Tel. 1-212-663-3900

Edward Cardinal Egan
Archbishop of New York
452 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022

and/or

Edward Cardinal Egan
Archdiocese of New York
1011 First Ave.
New York, NY 10022
Tel. 1-212-371-1000
FAX: 1-212-826-6020

and

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:

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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