Missouri, 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 cross the Mississippi River to the gateway city - the largely Catholic city of St. Louis with a rich tradition of Catholicity. Following in the footsteps of many Catholic politicians from this area we have the new breed of 'Catholic' politician who chooses, by his pro-choice stance, to reject the absolutes of his Catholic faith in order to be politically expedient at the cost of so many souls. One of this new breed with this warped thinking is the Democratic congressman from the 1st District of Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr.. He is the fifty-sixth overall on the list. His area of representation covers the majority of the metropolitan area of St. Louis proper. As an ally of satan through Clay'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 Clay, but rather a moral statement; one he and his bishops should take very, very seriously.
Born and raised in St. Louis, and schooled in the east, receiving his degree from the University of Maryland in 1983, the 44 year-old Clay is the son of Lacy Clay, the long-time congressman from the same district. His son took over the reigns of the district this past year and picked up where his father left off with a strong pro-abort program despite proclaiming they are 'Catholic.' Clay Jr. first came to office the same year he graduated from college, winning a seat in the 59th District in Missouri for the State House of Representatives. In 1991 he chose to run for the 4th Senatorial seat in the State Senate where he served until succeeding his father last year. You would think, with his own Catholic upbringing and for the welfare of a large number of his Catholic contingents in St. Louis, 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 time his father has served and now he is serving both could have done so much good, yet there have been no fruits because, through the Clays' action and record, they have steadily shown a disdain for the teachings of the Catholic Church and her mandate of upholding life in all stages. His father is out of office, but the legacy of the culture of death continues. 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 Clay truly aware of that? We call on all to help him see the grave error of his ways and we call on his archbishops in St. Louis 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 Clay?
You can e-mail William Clay 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 archbishop, whose jurisdiction governs Clay's area of residence and his constituents, Archbishop Justin F. Rigali, along with Clay's governing prelate in the nation's capitol Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington D.C. to jointly issue a mandate to Congressman Clay that if he persists after Pentecost Sunday he will be EXCOMMUNICATED.
Both Lacy Clay and now his son William have to be a big disappointment to Archbishop Rigali who is one of the more forthright of American bishops, one of the more orthodox who has promoted perpetual adoration vigorously in his see. He is one of the strongest Pro-Life advocates among the prelates. We dare say more will flock to the tabernacle and sign up for adoration if the good archbishop issues Clay 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 Clay 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 William Clay 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 Clay 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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