TUESDAY
May 22, 2001
volume 12, no. 128

Congressman
Ed Pastor
Arizona 2nd 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, we leave the towering green carpet of Oregon and head south to the desert of Arizona where we find today's Herod's Hero. He is Democratic Congressman Ed Pastor of Arizona's 2nd District. He is the sixty-second overall on the list. His constituency covers the southwest corner of the state encompassing the three major metropolitan areas of Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma. As an ally of satan through Pastor's uncompromising pro-abortion stance, he is enabling lucifer to "destroy both soul and body in hell." Through his actions and inactions he has become an enemy of God and the Roman Catholic Church. This is not a political statement on Pastor, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    Born in Claypool, Arizona in 1943, Pastor graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe in 1966, then matriculated to the University of Arizona in Tucson where he attained his lay degree in 1974. After a time of teaching in high school he became Maricopa County Supervisor in 1976. He remained there until 1991 when he ran for and won the 2nd House Seat of Arizona. It was the first time in 36 years that a Udall had not represented the state from this district. Pastor thus became the fourth to represent the district.

    In the 6 terms he has served he could have done 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 scandalous 100% pro-abort record he has shown an uncompromising position 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 he makes it known he is Catholic, he causes even greater scandal by his sin of condoning abortion. 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 Pastor 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 Phoenix 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 OPEN LETTER TO THE BISHOPS II: It's up to you. Left or Right? and a few weeks ago in our OPEN LETTER TO THE BISHOPS III: "Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends" we respectfully, but strongly remind you time is of the essence. We are now very near Pentecost - not a lot of time for the bishops to extend the warning - a time of Mercy - for these wayward 'Catholics' who promote abortion to repent of their ways. We have set this date because after this special day of enlightenment there can be NO MORE EXCUSES either from the polticians or the bishops! If the politicians stubbornly refuse, then after Pentecost Sunday it's time to take action and dismiss them as apostates. Do you really want that, Congressman Pastor?

    You can e-mail Ed Pastor 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 az02@legislators.com

    We call on the bishops, whose jurisdiction governs Pastor's area of residence and his constituents, Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien, Bishop of Phoenix, along with Pastor's governing prelate in the nation's capitol Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C. to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Pastor that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will know he has EXCOMMUNICATED himself.

    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 Pastor 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 Ed Pastor 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. We ask him to seek out Father Daniel Coughlin, House Chaplain, and discuss it with him. But if he refuses, or chooses not to cooperate with the Church, 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 Pastor 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 Ed Pastor
    2465 Rayburn HO Bldg.
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Tel. 1-202-225-4065
    FAX: 1-202-225-1655
    az02@legislators.com

    and/or

    Congressman Ed Pastor
    2nd District Office
    411 No. Central Ave., Suite 150
    Phoenix, AZ 85044
    Tel: 1-602-256-0551
    FAX: 1-602-257-9103

Bishop Thomas O'Brien
Diocese of Phoenix
400 E. Monroe
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tel. 1-602-257-0030
FAX: 1-602-258-3425
Diocese of Phoenix

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

Cardinal Giovanni Battista 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


See how the Catholic vote broke down for the first Pro-Life Bill of 2001 at Roll Call for the Unprotected Victims of Violence Act


May 22, 2001
volume 12, no. 128
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