Indiana 1st District
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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 behind the arid desert of Arizona and return to the midwest, plopping down in the industrial area of Gary, Indiana where we find today's Herod's Hero: Democratic Congressman Peter J. Visclosky of Indiana's 1st District. He is the sixty-third overall on the list. His constituency covers the upper northwest second of Indiana bordering the Illinois border on the west and Lake Michigan on the north butting up against state highway 421 on the east. The Kankakee River forms part of the border to the south. His area includes Gary, East Chicago, Merrillville and Valpariso to name a few of the communities. As an ally of satan through Visclosky's sorrowful 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 Visclosky, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.
Born in Gary, Indiana in 1949, Visclosky was brought up in the Catholic school system, graduating from the Basilian Fathers-run Andrean High School in 1966 before the Vatican II deconstruction had taken effect. He went on to receive a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University four years later and a law degree from Notre Dame in 1973. In 1982 he attained a Masters in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University, where he later was hired as a professor teaching budgetary policy at the Washington D.C. Jesuit institution. After a two year stint doing this as well as practicing law and working for former Indiana Congressman Adam Benjamin, he ran for the 1st Seat in Indiana in 1984 and has served on Capitol Hill ever since.
In the 9 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 sorrowful 75% 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, because he was educated by the Basilian Fathers, the Holy Cross Fathers and the Jesuits he causes even greater scandal by his sin of condoning abortion. He knows better!
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 Visclosky 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 Gary 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 Visclosky?
You can e-mail Pete Visclosky 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 email@example.com
We call on the bishops, whose jurisdiction governs Visclosky's area of residence and his constituents, Bishop Dale Melczek, Bishop of Gary, along with Visclosky's governing prelate in the nation's capitol Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C. to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Visclosky 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 Visclosky 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 Peter Visclosky 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 Vislosky 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).
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