March 2, 2001
volume 12, no. 61

Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois

    This series, appropriately titled "Herod's Heroes," is intended to separate the wheat from the chaff by revealing those men and women 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."

    Third on the list of "Herod's Heroes" is the senator from Illinois Senator Richard J. Durbin. 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 Durbin, but rather a moral statement. One he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    This is is the same man who was educated at Assumption High School in East Saint Louis and went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree from Georgetown University and then his J.D. from the same Jesuit University. Yet this supposedly 'Catholic' senator said just recently in the Senate Judiciary hearings for John Ashcroft's confirmation as Attorney General, "If John Ashcroft were to become Attorney General, would he defend a woman's constitutional right to choose (to have her baby killed]? In other words Durbin is for Roe vs. Wade. His abysmal voting record that is 100% pro-abort in promoting the culture of death confirms this.

    How can one be for Roe vs. Wade and be Catholic? You can't! No man can serve two masters. In addition Durbin supported the nomination of James Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg. Not only is Hormel blatantly and militantly gay, but he has shown a propensity to mock the Catholic Church. Yet Durbin has overlooked that, going with party line rather than conscience, and supported Bill Clinton's appointment of Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg, a 95% Roman Catholic country. That's akin to making Madonna or Monica Lewinsky ambassador to the Vatican.

    Durbin was among one third of the Democratic 'Catholic' senators serving on the Judicial Committee. He fought Ashcroft's nomination solely on the fact the latter is so Pro-Life in his beliefs. Durbin was one of the eight who voted not to ban partial-birth abortion. He is one of the eight Democratic senators to ignore the advice of his fellow colleagues in the Senate, to ignore the medical results and the AMA's stand against partial-birth abortion. But still he voted against the ban, choosing to send millions more to their death in the late term of pregnancy. Does the man not have a conscience? And he continues to call himself 'Catholic'?

    This man with his wife Loretta Schaefer Durbin have three children and one grandchild. With his pro-abort position one wonders how the grandchild came to be. Maybe his own flesh and blood don't agree with granddad. One thing is for sure Jesus Christ does not agree with Durbin and neither does the Church. And neither should the reader. Ask Senator Durbin why he persists in aiding the killings of countless innocents. He must be held accountable for his actions. 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 Durbin's residence in Springfield, Illinois Bishop George Lucas, Bishop of Springfield and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C. to jointly issue a mandate to Senator Durbin that if he persists he will be EXCOMMUNICATED. We don't want him to be cut adrift, but if he persists on promoting and flaunting his sin and contributing to the deaths of millions while also producing scandal to others because of his hypocritical Catholic stance, then the Church has no other choice but to banish him from the Sacraments. If, by Pentecost Sunday, Senator Durbin 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:


    Senator Dick Durbin
    364 Russell Office Bldg.
    United States Senate
    Washington, D.C. 20510
    Tel. (202) 224-2152

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 George J. Lucas
Diocese of Springfield
1615 West Washington St.
Springfield, IL 52708-3187
Tel. 1-217-698-8500
FAX: 1-217-698-8602

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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