May 31, 2001
volume 12, no. 134

Michael Easley
North Carolina

    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 West Palm Beach and head straight north as the crow flies to Raleigh, North Carolina where we find the state's highest ranking official - the Governor Michael Francis Easley. As an ally of satan through Easley'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 Easley, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishop should take very, very seriously.

    Born on March 23, 1950 in Nash County on a tobacco farm, the second of seven children born to Henry Alexander and Huldah Easley, Michael Easley was raised Catholic, attending Belmont Abbey College, a Benedictine college in the Diocese of Charlotte, where he earned enough credits to transfer to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he obtained a Political Science degree cum laude in 1972. Four years later he attained a law degree, also cum laude from North Carolina Central University Law School. He began as an Assistant District Attorney for the 13 Judicial District until 1980 when he was elected District Attorney. That was the same year he married his wife Mary Pipines. She now teaches law at his alma mater of NCCU.

    In 1990, he chose to run for the U.S. Senate, challenging long-time pro-life Senator Jesse Helms and lost. It was in that campaign that the public realized he was strongly for killing the child in the womb, couching behind the fallacy that the choice is between the woman and her doctor. He forgot God. And he continued to forget God After two years of private law practice, he became North Carolina's Attorney General where he remained until being elected governor in November last year. Though at least he has the decency to oppose partial-birth abortion, he still leans way too far to satan's side in his pro-abort stance.

    Easley's parish in Rocky Mount is Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Do you think the Blessed Mother is happy when she hears this 'Catholic' say a woman has the right to choose an abortion? It is Our Lady of Perpetual Help who pro-lifers call on to end the Holocaust in the Womb. Yet how can it end when so many politicians who claim to be 'Catholic' promote the murder of the innocents? Easley could do so much good, yet there have been no fruits because, through his action and record, he has shown a disdain for the teachings of the Catholic Church and her mandate of upholding life in all stages. By his pro-abort stance he has shown an alarming consistency in promoting 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 today's Gospel 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."

    Is Governor Easley truly aware of that? We call on all to help him see the grave error of his ways and we call on his bishop in Raleigh 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. 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 just a few days from 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 by officially informing all Catholics. Do you really want that, Governor Easley?

    You can e-mail Governor Easley 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 webform e-mail is North Carolina Governor E-mail webform

    We call on Bishop F. Joseph Gossman, Easley's bishop in Raleigh to issue a mandate to Governor Easley that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will be notified that he has EXCOMMUNICATED himself.

    Bishop Gossman must realize he has a duty before God, a duty to his flock 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 Governor Easley 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 Governor Easley really want his legacy in eternity to be that he was one of "Herod's Heroes?" With all the good that he seeks 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. But if he refuses, 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, Governor Easley 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:


    Governor Michael Easley
    Office of the Governor
    20301 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699
    Tel: 1-919-733-4240
    FAX: 1-919-733-3175 Governor Easley's E-mail webform

Bishop F. James Gossman
Diocese of Raleigh
The Catholic Center
715 Nazareth St.
Raleigh, NC 27606
Tel. 1-919-821-9700
FAX: 1-919-821-9705
Diocese of Raleigh

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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