March 28, 2001
volume 12, no. 87

Sherwood Boehlert
New York, 23rd 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."

    Second up from New York and twenty-ninth in numerical order on the list of "Herod's Heroes" is Congressman Sherwood L. Boehlert , Republican Representative in the House of Representatives from New York's 23rd District. His jurisdiction covers the areas of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Hirkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Owsego and Schoharie Counties in central New York. 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 Boehlert, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    Sherwood "Sherry" Boehlert, was elected to represent New York's 23rd District in the House back in 1982 and has served ten terms on Capitol Hill. Born and raised in Utica, New York this 64 year-old poltician received his degree from Utica College in 1961 after a two-year stint in the army. He entered politics after graduation, becoming chief of staff for 23rd District Congressmen Alexander Pirnie until 1972 and his successor Donald Mitchell until 1979. He served three years as an Oneida County Executive before he was elected to follow in the footsteps of his mentors. Would they be proud of his pro-abort record? We doubt it. We know the Church is not proud of it. This pro-abort 'Catholic' and Republican's record for the innocent unborns is a disgrace.

    There are a plethora of staunch Catholics he represents but their voices are not heard. Why? As a Republican why does he subscribe to the Democrat's platform of the culture of death? Something is askew here. As a ranking Republican on the Science Committee and the Intelligence Committee you would think he would show some in realizing the truths of life from conception on. 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."

    Because of his stature and tenure, he causes even greater scandal by his sin of condoning abortion and by claiming to be a good Catholic. It doesn't wash. We ask him to repent of his ways and return to the beacon of truth upheld by the Church he says he belongs to. He knows Catholic teaching. By his refusal to adhere he is mocking God and His holy Church in the face and has to know there are dire consequences for his soul and the souls of those he scandalizes by his actions.

    Is Congressman Boehlert 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 Syracuse 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 Boehlert?

    You can e-mail Sherwood Boehlert 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 Boehlert's area of residence in New Hartford, New York and his constituents, Bishop James M. Moynihan, Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse, along with Boehlert's governing prelate in the nation's capitol Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C. to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Boehlert 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 Boehlert 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 Sherwood Boehlert 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 Boehlert 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 Sherwood Boehlert
    2246 Rayburn HO Bldg.
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Tel. 1-202-225-3665
    FAX: 1-202-225-1891"


    Congressman Sherwood Boehlert
    Alexander Pirnie Fed Bldg.
    Utica, NY 13501
    Tel. 1-315-793-8146
    FAX: 1-315-798-4099

Bishop James M. Moynihan
Bishop of Syracuse
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
295 E. Onondaga St.
Syracuse, NY 13202


Bishop James M. Moynihan
Diocese of Syracuse
240 E. Onondaga St.
Syracuse, NY 13201
Tel. 1-315-422-7203
FAX: 1-315-478-4619


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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