New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that allows partial birth abortion, infanticide. Governor Cuomo was so proud of the legislation that he “directed One World Trade Center and other landmarks to be lit in pink to celebrate signing the Reproductive Health Act.”
Breitbart published an article titled: “Franklin Graham to Cardinal Dolan: ‘take a moral stand’ against Gov. Cuomo.” The article reports in part:
“The Catholic Church is discussing as to whether New York Governor Cuomo should be excommunicated from the church for signing the state’s new abortion bill,” he explained to his nearly two million followers. “This law allows for the murder of unborn children up until the day of their birth.”
“I call on my friend Cardinal Dolan to take a moral stand,” continued Graham. “Whether it moves the governor’s calloused heart or not, it will have a great impact on not only the church in New York, but on the church worldwide.”
“It’s about standing for right over wrong, good over evil,” he added.
Graham then quoted Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, “I don’t see it as something to celebrate … the kind of procedures that now are possible in New York state, we wouldn’t even do to a dog or a cat. … It’s torture.”
Cardinal Dolan offered four reasons why he was not in favor of excommunicating Andrew Cuomo from the Catholic Church.
First, Cardinal Dolan states that “excommunication should not be used as a weapon.” However, most people are calling for excommunication because Governor Cuomo has committed a highly visible immoral offense and celebrates it.
Second, Cardinal Dolan states “the cannon does not support excommunication for pro-abortion politicians.” However, some cannon lawyers disagree. C. 1364 provides the same penalty for heresy—“the obstinate denial or doubt after baptism of some truth which is to be believed with divine and Catholic faith.”
Third, Cardinal Dolan states “clergy should address the situation with the parishioner privately.” However, Cardinal Dolan has done that but Governor Cuomo continues to push back publicly.
Fourth, Cardinal Dolan states “excommunication would not be effective as many politicians would welcome it as a sign of their refusal to be ‘bullied by the Church,’ thinking it would therefore give them a political advantage.” However, enforcing church doctrine regarding the sanctity of life and celebration of immorality should be the priority over concern about how politicians may use excommunication to their advantage.
Article 5: The Fifth Commandment You shall not kill. 54
I. Respect for Human Life
2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. 72
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. 73
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. 74
Governor Cuomo’s public enthusiasm for this legislation is extreme, in the Catholic Church’s face, and far from the average pro-abortion politician. Cuomo went well beyond approving the legislation by celebrating its depravity. Now other states are considering similar heinous legislation as progressives see how far left they can push their agenda against Judeo-Christian values.
The National Catholic Register published an article by Monsignor Charles Pope titled: “Catholic Abortion Supporters Like Cuomo Must Face Penalties.” The article states in part: “There comes a time when something is so egregious and boldly sinful that it must be met with strong ecclesial and canonical penalties and remedies. It is time to end the charade, even the lie, that Andrew Cuomo and others like him are Catholics in good standing. They are not, and this must be made plain to them and to others.”
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