By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Jun 30, 2004

Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer to Congresswoman Nancy Pelossi: "Thank you for clarifying for all U.S. Catholics the meaning of the word "apostasy."

Saturday, June 26, 2004

By Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer - June, 2004

Dear Congresswoman Pelosi,

Thank you for clarifying for all U.S. Catholics the meaning of the word "apostasy." Your May 10 letter to Cardinal McCarrick qualifies for what the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines as the "total repudiation of the Christian faith" (ยง2089). That, by the way, is a document you may wish to consult before writing another letter to a prince of Christ's Church.

Not only did your letter manifest an utterly infantile understanding of the Catholic Faith-the Blessed Sacrament is properly called the Eucharist, not the "sacrament of holy communion," please-it was intellectually dishonest in the extreme. Your lip service paid to the teaching office of the bishops while knifing their authority in the back is a treachery that deserves the scathing contempt of every honest person, Catholic or otherwise.

You have lost your faith. Just admit it. One either accepts the hierarchy of truths and the hierarchy of authority, or she doesn't. You obviously don't. In such case by continuing to call yourself Catholic you are gambling with the most precious of all birthrights, your own soul; and it's yours to lose. I can understand that it is not politically correct to care about your immortal soul-prescription drug benefits are more popular in Washington-but at least have the decency not to make the souls of others "twice as fit for hell" as you. Have you forgotten about the millstone? The Lord delivered that image to another group of sophisticated public officials who scandalized the weak in faith.

All those who dare call themselves Catholic while shamelessly advocating the death of Christ's "least brethren" will not have the Supreme Court to appeal to on the Day of Judgment. There is a Supreme Judge that you should be more concerned about. However, He obliges no one to remain in the Catholic Church. Membership is, above all, a free "choice." The door of the Church that opens wide to welcome every repentant sinner swings both ways. In the Name of Jesus, use it and spare the rest of us your perversity.

I hold out hope that some day you will see the light and want to reconcile with the Church you have so brazenly betrayed. If so, call me. I will hear your confession. But get ready to do some serious penance.


Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, President

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2004 9:11 PM ET USA

    Father will definitely never get anywhere in the hierarchy of our Church. IGod bless you Father; you are a truthful, brave and good man!

  • Posted by: Ezekiel - Jul. 01, 2004 4:20 AM ET USA

    Poor Father, there goes his last chance for a bishopric! An Archbishop here in the UK recently praised a notorious 'Judas' Catholic politician for her "...defence of the poor." He forgot to mention her pathological hatred of Christs' poor little ones; all pre-born babies.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2004 12:47 AM ET USA

    Pelosi's letter expresses some false doctrine about the moral duties of Catholic politicians, but Fr. Euteneuer is mistaken when he calls it a total repudiation of the Christian faith. There are several sins against faith that don't constitute apostasy, and the Catechism paragraph that Fr. cited (2089) makes distinctions between apostasy, heresy, incredulity, and schism. Even rejecting the teaching authority of the Church would be heresy but not necessarily apostasy. Be more careful, Father.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Jun. 30, 2004 11:08 PM ET USA

    Rev. Euteneuer why don't you tell her: I had a dream that a young woman dressed in black went to speak before the Senate and Congress. She proclaim, "You gave me rights, so I hope you don't mind I bought my baby with me." She gently took a small baby out of a basket. It was wrapped in a a yellow blanket. The woman slowly began to unwrap the baby. There to everyone's horror was an aborted baby with its skull crushed. Maybe, she will finally get the picture.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2004 10:23 PM ET USA

    Than you, Father, BLESS you !!!Marilyn

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2004 8:45 PM ET USA

    For those Pols who think that before they meet their maker they will make a quick Act of Contrition forget that the Devil is not going to let them get away at the last minute. There is a Hell and if you believe in Gods justice . those who die in the state of mortal sin WILL go there. In eternity there is no tonight or tomorrow only NOW.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2004 8:04 PM ET USA

    Wow! Now THAT's courage and leadership!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2004 5:58 PM ET USA

    EXCELLENT!!!!! I hope that Fr. Euteneuer sent a copy of this letter to John Kerry and Ted Kennedy.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2004 4:49 PM ET USA

    Saint Athanasius, thank you for answering our prayers. May God richly bless Fr Thomas J Euteneuer. I wonder if this type of message will hereafter be referred to as Euteneuerist.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2004 10:56 AM ET USA

    Dear Fr. Euteneuer: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." You have said it all and you have said it so well. Ad multos annos!