Skip to comments.A Tale of Two Cuomos
Posted on 01/23/2014 1:25:35 PM PST by NYer
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made news last week when during a radio interview he said extreme conservatives have no place in the Empire State. Who are these people? Among others, he said, those who are right to life or anti-gay.
Later he tried to walk back this naked and nasty bit of intolerance, reassuring us that those who are anti-choice (one presumes he got a tongue-lashing from NARAL for saying right to life the first time) could stay in New York after all. But that bell, as the saying goes, cant be un-rung.
Catholics, of course, are right to life inasmuch as theyre Catholics. And although anti-gay, like anti-choice, is a vague and tendentious expression, today it comprises those who oppose the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Catholics arent anti-gay in the sense of bearing animus towards persons with same-sex attractionor shouldnt be, anywaybut if they assent to the teaching of their religion, which asserts a natural and non-negotiable purpose to the body, to sex, and to marriage, they must wear that label, too.
Conclusion? The Catholic governor of one of our most populous and influential states, a rising star in his party and future national-stage player, has declared that Catholics who are Catholic do not meet the citizenship test.
Its sad, but also fitting, that Cuomo should be the son of Mario Cuomo, the Catholic former NY governor and presidential candidate who, in an infamous speech at Notre Dame in 1984, blazed a false trail of conscience for politicians (and by extension, voters) who claim to be personally pro-life but publicly pro-abortion. In it he applied to abortion the principle that JFK had established two decades earlier when he promised that, because of his absolute separation of Church and state, his Catholicism would not inform his politics. In this brilliant and elegant piece of rhetoric Cuomo anticipates, echoes, or invents most of the now-familiar tropes of Catholic pro-abortion politics:
That despite his personal acceptance of Church teaching on abortion and his belief that human life is due reverence, he cannot force these religious values on a pluralistic society.
That to be pro-life is every bit as much about opposing nuclear weapons (hey, it was the 80s), world hunger, and unemployment as it is about stopping abortion.
That an effective pro-life strategy must focus on diminishing abortions root causes, and on improving social welfare, rather than on pro-natal legislation.
That the Churchs historical speculations about the inception of human life in the womb may provide Catholics mental wiggle room for prudential judgments about abortion policy.
That the complexity of the abortion issue forces us to eschew absolute judgments and solutions. (Its above all our pay grades.)
Cuomo concluded by observing that American Catholics had left the ghetto (he doesnt reference Kennedy, but the connection is clear) and that a challenge now lay before them:
The Catholic Church has come of age in America. . . . This newfound status is both an opportunity and a temptation. If we choose, we can give in to the temptation to become more and more assimilated into a larger, blander culture, abandoning the practice of the specific values that made us different, worshipping whatever gods the marketplace has to sell while we seek to rationalize our own laxity by urging the political system to legislate on others a morality we no longer practice ourselves.
Or we can remember where we come from, the journey of two millennia, clinging to our personal faith, to its insistence on constancy and service and on hope.
Here Cuomo warns, with florid language that masks his illogic, that for Catholics to fail to keep their faith personal (by imposing it politically through pro-life laws) would represent a selling-out to the world, substituting a tarnished and legalistic public morality for the pure (and purely internal) observance of Gods laws in our hearts and minds. The end result of this failure would be assimilation and loss of identity.
Now flash forward thirty years. Mario Cuomo got his wish. Catholics did not (or failed to) impose on larger society their personal religious beliefs about abortion. The red herrings he espousedthe seamless garment, the root cause argument, the supremacy of personal consciencehave become dicta. By his prediction, American Catholics should today be a light to the nation . . . leading people to truth by love.
So what has come to pass?
Our president is the most foursquare pro-abortion occupant of the White House ever. His vice-president, the Catholic Joe Biden, shows everyone how far Catholics have come out of the ghetto with an unimpeachable history of carrying water for the abortion lobby. The most powerful woman in Congress, the Catholic Nancy Pelosi, cites St. Augustine to justify her abortion advocacy. Our secretary of state, the Catholic John Kerry, references the Bible to justify his. The Catholic Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services, spearheads the governments effort to coerce Catholics and Catholic institutions into moral cooperation with evil.
We got our assimilation, all right; the disease was mistaken for the cure.
And then theres Andrew Cuomo, truly his fathers spiritual as well as physical son, taking Marios ideas to their next logical step. Our "light to the nation" is no longer welcome in New York.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn, pray for us.
Not real sure he is a “practicing catholic” but am pretty sure he was raised as one. He lives with a woman whom he is not married to (yes, an old fashioned notion but a good one, nevertheless), he’s pro-homo, anti-life, and very intolerant of other views...
Yet, not a peep from Cardinal Dolan or any other leaders of the Church...
Very sad state of the Church in America.
While liberals claim to be tolerant, there is a strong totalitarian streak within liberalism. And we see it here. You have to be in favor of abortion, homosexual marriage, and gun control in these examples. If you deviate from the liberal positions, then you have no place in New York. Doesn’t that strike one as being intolerant of opposing points of view?
Can you imagine if a Republican governor of some state had said that those who are in favor of homosexual marriage and abortion should leave his state????
Still waiting for the Catholic Church to excommunicate this soul-less, perverted punk. Waiting ... still waiting ... I hear crickets ... waiting ...
By his actions, Andrew Cuomo has excommunicated himself. If you are waiting for some sort of public announcement, you will be hearing crickets forever. Here is a List of people excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church, beginning in the 1st century. You will notice that the majority of them are members of a religious community.
But does Andrew know this?
Would you believe two Fredos?
Dolan's silence is really starting to inflict grave harm on the Church, his fellow Catholics, who knows how many additional unborn innocent babies who will be slaughtered because Dolan did not open his mouth to protest those atrocities, and the souls of those sinners committing those vile sins of murder and sexual perversion.
Here is some contact information for starters:
United States Conference
of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washington DC 20017
5817 Old Leeds Rd.
Irondale, Al. 35210 (205) 271- 2900
OFFICE OF THE ARCHBISHOP
ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. Cap.
Archdiocesan Pastoral Center
222 North 17th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299
Office of the Archbishop
Archbishop William E. Lori
320 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Talk about a priest, a rabbi, a Buddhist walking into a bar. Aren’t they having just the time of their lives? It’s just one big joke among these people. For a while, anyway...
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Well, I wouldn't be too smug and smart-alecky there, smvoice, since the most world-famous giggler in all those photos shown above is also, of course, the most prominent Protestant in America (and, arguably, the most prominent Protestant in the whole world), the president of the United States of America, B-O.
You must have misunderstood my post. I WAS including Obama as one of the most disgusting people pictured. The WHOLE group. NONE withstanding.
(I think I misunderstood and jumped to the wrong conclusion when I saw the reference to " a priest, a rabbi, a Buddhist ".)
(Never mind then.) :-)
And Cuomo knows he has the Catholic vote completely wrapped up.
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