May 30, 2001
volume 12, no. 133

Mark Foley
Florida, 16th 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 Georgia and cross the border heading down to the coastline of Florida to West Palm Beach where we find today's Herod's Hero: Republican Congressman Mark Foley of Florida's 16th District that stretches from the Atlantic coast to the shores of Lake Okeebochee. It includes Martin, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties. The latter includes the infamous voting district which made international news because of the flap over chads in the most recent presidential election. Foley is the seventieth overall on the list. As an ally of satan through Foley'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 Foley, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.

    Born in Newton, Massachusetts on September 8, 1954, Foley's family moved to West Palm Beach in 1957. After High School he attended Palm Beach Community College and then opened a small family restaurant in Lake Worth. This led to a catering business and ultimately an independent real estate business. In 1977 he was appointed to the Lake Worth City Commission and six years later became Vice Mayor until 1984. He returned to politics in 1990, being elected to the Florida State House for a year before running for and winning election to the Florida State Senate where he remained until 1994 when he was elected to represent the 16th District for Florida in the U.S. House.

    What is it about these northeast-bred politicians that no matter if they are Democrat or Republican they espouse a liberal platform and embrace the culture of death? In the 4 terms he has served he could have done so much good, yet there have been so little 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 pitiful 60% pro-abort record he has shown an alarming 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. He knows better! What is surprising is that he goes against his own Party's platform to uphold the culture of life. He may be Republican in name but his actions firmly put him in the Democratic death camp and, by his actions, puts him in the company of those who continue to promote abortion - murder in the womb - so much so that, these pharisees could very well be left out at the Heavenly gates when their time comes.

    Is Congressman Foley 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 Palm Beach 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 Foley?

    You can e-mail Mark Foley 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 bishops, whose jurisdiction governs Foley's area of residence and his constituents, Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell, Bishop of Palm Beach, Florida, along with Foley's governing prelate in the nation's capitol Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C. to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Foley 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 Foley 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 Mark Foley 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 Foley 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 Mark Foley
    104 Cannon HO Bldg.
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Tel. 1-202-225-5792
    FAX: 1-202-225-3132


    Congressman Mark Foley
    4440 PGA Blvd., Suite 406
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
    Tel: 1-561-627-6192
    FAX: 1-561-626-4749

Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell
Diocese of Palm Beach
9995 N. Military Trail
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Tel. 1-561-775-9500
FAX: 1-561-775-9556


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


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 30, 2001
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