WEDNESDAY
May 2, 2001
volume 12, no. 122

Congressman
Lane Evans
Illinois, 17th 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 venture southwest toward the Mississippi River and the lush fields and waves of grain in western Illinois where today's "Herod's Hero" hails from, namely Rock Island, Illinois. That is the Democratic congressman from the 17th District Congressman Lane Evans. He is the fifty-fifth overall on the list. His area of representation borders the winding Mississippi on the west and the Illinois River on the southeast side of his district which includes the Ilinois side of the Quad Cities of Rock Island and Moline and a vast area covering fourteen counties, mostly rich farmland. As an ally of satan through Evan's 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 Evans, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    Born in Rock Island in 1951, Evans enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school graduation, stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam war. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1971 he enrolled in Augustana College on his G.I. Bill and graduated cum laude in 1974. Four years later he received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1978. Evidently liberalism washed off on him at this progressive Jesuit institution for after a stint in practicing law in his native Rock Island, serving poor families and minorities, he traded in his practice to run for the 17th District seat in the House in 1982. He has been on Capitol Hill since.

    In his biography he boasts that "He is the leading voice in the House in the effort to ban the use of anti-personnel landmines, which has won support from individuals such as former American Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole and Pope John Paul II." He fails to mention that the Holy Father has also spoken out strongly for defending life in all stages, especially in respect to killing the innocent preborns through the hideous sin of abortion. Evidently Mr. Evans is a 'cafeteria Catholic' choosing only to obey those teachings that are convenient and expedient to his political career. 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?!

    In the ten 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 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 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 Evans 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 Peoria 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? and last week 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 in the second half, if you will, Eastertide - 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 Evans?

    You can e-mail Lane Evans 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 lane.evans@mail.house.gov

    We call on the bishop, whose jurisdiction governs Evans' area of residence and his constituents, Bishop John J. Myers, along with Evans' governing prelate in the nation's capitol Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C. to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Evans that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will be EXCOMMUNICATED.

    Though Evans jurisdiction does not cover Peoria, the Diocese of Peoria covers his jurisdiction and Evans has to be a big disappointment to Bishop Myers who is one of the most forthright of American bishops and one of the strongest Pro-Life advocates among the prelates. He has molded his diocese into an orthodox community that will not tolerate nonsense and, because of that, vocations are on the increase. We dare say they will increase even more if the good bishop issues Evans the ultimatum, signaling to all Catholics that there are consequences for sin.

    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 Evans 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 Lane Evans 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 Evans 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 Lane Evans
    2211 Rayburn HO Bldg.
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Tel. 1-202-225-5905
    FAX: 1-202-225-5396 lane.evans@mail.house.gov

    and/or

    Congressman Lane Evans
    17th District Office
    1535 47th Ave, Suite 5
    Moline, IL 61265
    Tel. 1-309-793-5760
    FAX: 1-312-762-9193

Bishop John J. Myers
Diocese of Peoria
607 N.E. Madison Ave
Peoria, IL 61603
Tel. 1-309-671-1550
FAX: 1-309-671-5079
Diocese of Peoria

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 2, 2001
volume 12, no. 122
HEROD'S HEROES
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