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When Duty Demands a Response

February 5th, 2018, Promulgated by SamanthaGillenson

There are times in our lives when our civic and religious duty as Catholics come together in spectacular fashion, such as the recent failure to pass the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” in the US Senate. To make the summary brief, the bill failed to pass with 51 out of 97 Senators opposing the bill, including 14 Catholics. To witness 14 Catholics vote against the teachings of their faith was a scandal and a shock, and must be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Thus comes the response portion of our posting today. This author decided to personally write to each of these disgraceful Senator’s Bishops and Cardinals, explaining the result of the vote and respectfully asking them to enforce Canon 915 of Canon Law in regard to these Senators in their Diocese. For those who are not familiar with Canon 915, here is a brief summary:

Can.  915 – Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after  the  imposition or declaration of the penalty and          others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.

ScreenShot914Provided above is the original form letter composed to the Bishops and Cardinals, with the contact information saved as a mail merge address book. You are all encouraged to use this letter to write your own letters, and all that would be necessary for you to do is to save the address file and letter to your computer, and then open Microsoft Word. Click on the “Mailings” tab, and then click “Start Mail Merge.” There will be an option for a mail merge wizard to walk you through the process. Or, if you aren’t familiar or comfortable with that option, you can use the good old Copy/Paste method that has served us so well in this age of technology.

ScreenShot913In this era where sin is written into the law of man and the law of God cast out, it is our duty as Catholics to inform our prelates when something as heinous as this occurs, and to respectfully ask them to do their duty and prevent sacrilege from taking place. Whether or not they will do so is sadly unknown, but we have to do our part and keep an involved correspondence with our clergymen. To fail to do so would be to fail in our God-given duty, and we would be held accountable to Him. When our time comes, and we stand before Him in Judgment, we can at least look Him in the eye and say “I did my part.”

If you have any questions, please comment below. I will do my best to answer them in a timely manner.


The following text can be copied and used in a mail merge to write to the prelates. Click on “Read the rest of this entry”



UPDATED CONTACT LIST: Contact for Diocese of Portland MAINE ammended. My mistake.

His Excellency The Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain
Archdiocese of Seattle
710 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
• Sen. Maria Cantwell

His Excellency The Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley
Diocese of Portland
510 Ocean Ave
Portland, ME 04103
• Sen. Susan Collins

His Excellency The Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki
Diocese of Springfield
1615 West Washington St.
Springfield, IL 62702
• Sen. Dick Durbin

His Excellency The Most Reverend Edward B. Scharfenberger
Diocese of Albany
40 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
• Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

His Excellency The Most Reverend David Kagan
Diocese of Bismark
520 N. Washington St.
Bismarck, ND 58501
• Sen. Heidi Heltkamp

His Excellency The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout
Diocese of Richmond
7800 Carousel Lane
Richmond, VA 23294
• Sen. Tim Kaine

His Excellency The Most Reverend Christopher J. Coyne
Diocese of Burlington
55 Joy Drive
Burlington, VT 05403
• Sen. Patrick Leahy

His Eminence Sean Patrick Cardinal O’Malley
Archdiocese of Boston
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184
• Sen. Ed Markey

His Excellency The Most Reverend Joseph A. Pepe
Diocese of Las Vegas
336 Cathedral Way
Las Vegas, NV 89109
• Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

His Excellency The Most Reverend Robert James Carlson
Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
• Sen. Claire McCaskill

His Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin
Archdiocese of Newark
171 Clifton Ave
Newark, NJ 07104
• Sen. Bob Menendez

His Excellency The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne
Archdiocese of Anchorage
225 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
• Sen. Lisa Murkowski

His Excellency The Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain
Archdiocese of Seattle
710 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
• Sen. Patty Murray

His Excellency The Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin
Diocese of Providence
1 Cathedral Square
Providence, RI 02903
• Sen. Jack Reed

«Title» «First_Name» «Last_Name»
«City», «State» «ZIP_Code»


As a Catholic in the United States, I was very closely watching the Senate vote on the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation on unborn children, making it a crime punishable with a fine, up to five years in prison, or both. This was an excellent first step in drastically cutting the number of abortions being performed on innocent children in the womb, saving hundreds, if not thousands of lives of unborn Americans per year. While there were exceptions written into the bill in the case of needing to save the life of the mother, and in cases of rape resulting in pregnancy, I still feel that this bill would have been an acceptable first step, as those exceptions could be removed in the future, and the best chance to save lives should be taken, despite its shortcomings.

Much to my dismay, I saw that the Senate voted 51–46 to deny passage of the bill, and to my horror, I saw many of those voting against the bill were self-professed Catholics, one of whom was under your authority, Sen. «Senator». For any Catholic to vote against the teachings of their Catholic faith and deny children the right to life is heinous, and a scandal to all faithful Catholics in their state looking to them to represent their interests as Catholic Americans.

Given that Sen. «Senator» has publicly refused to follow Church teaching regarding the matter of abortion, thereby committing manifest grave sin, I humbly request that «Title_2» enforce Canon 915 of Canon Law, to avoid possible sacrilege of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and to avoid giving public scandal to other Catholics who may witness this public sacrilege if they present themselves to receive Our Lord during the Mass.

I pray fervently for the day that the evil of abortion is no more in our country, and I pray for you and your public ministry as well. I hope to hear your reply to this letter soon.

Yours in Christ,

[Insert Name Here]
[City, State]


One Response to “When Duty Demands a Response”

  1. christian says:

    Thank you Samantha Gillenson for sharing this information and your letter, and providing us with contacts.

    It is very disheartening to know that persons who identify as fellow Catholics, do not represent us and Catholic moral teaching in their elected positions. And tragically, many innocent children in the womb will be allowed to be killed nd suffer a painful death because of their vote.

    These Senators should be reported to their Bishops, and their Bishops should take appropriate action.
    As voters, we should make our voices heard the next time these Senators are up for re-election.

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