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Andrew Cuomo and the Sins of the Fathers Print E-mail
By Robert Royal   
Monday, 20 January 2014

A Latvian woman was at my home this weekend and teared up when she learned of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Friday outburst that there’s “no place” in his state for pro-lifers and supporters of traditional marriage: “It reminds me of what I experienced under Communism back home, when we weren’t allowed to talk about religion in public. I came here and was so happy to be in a country where we could speak and act freely. But that’s changed now.”

Indeed, it has.

We’re still far from the old Warsaw Pact repression, but there’s something in her reaction worth pondering. We simply cannot go on allowing people of traditional religious and moral beliefs to be insulted and intimidated in public without it leading to something much worse.

Pope Francis told the young people in Brazil for 2013 World Youth Day to “raise a ruckus.”

Well, here’s something to raise a ruckus about.

My Latvian blamed the bishops: “Back home they couldn’t speak, here they still can.” That’s not entirely fair. Our bishops have been outspoken about religious freedom, especially since they’ve been staring down the barrel at the Obamacare mandates. (As I write, though, it’s over forty-eight hours since Cuomo spoke and there’s no response from Cardinal Dolan or the New York archdiocese.)

But all the same, she’s not entirely wrong either. The American hierarchy has been quite garrulous over the years about all sorts of things. And that’s part of the problem. My friend the historian James Hitchcock once noted drily that in the 1950s the bishops’ conference even commented on traffic safety: “They were in favor of it.” 

The more recent problem is not that they haven’t been speaking, but that very few, even among “Catholics” (e.g., Andrew Cuomo), are listening. And our hierarchy, past and present, does bear some responsibility for that.

It’s an old story by now, how the bishops allowed dissent to grow inside the Church. It’s not particularly important to decide how much stemmed from the 1960s cultural revolution that may simply have overwhelmed them, or whether they could have done more and did not. The long and the short of it is we’re at a critical tipping point and it’s time to act.

But that involves more than just the bishops.

They lost the connection to a vast number of American Catholics in the 1960s and 1970s, rebuilt it some under John Paul II, then lost it again with the priestly abuse crisis. Sad to say, JPII himself was not on top of the abuse.

But that’s merely academic now.


      Andrew Cuomo and his wife Kerry Kennedy in 2002

In the past, the bishops, like other religious leaders, counted on a veritable army of co-combatants, from grassroots organizations and officials in local and state governments to major news outlets and politicians – Catholics as well as non-Catholics – at the national level, especially when someone was being told there’s “no place” for them in America.

That’s all gone. So it’s time for US to act – all of us. We need to put aside illusions about how many of our fellow citizens see us now: if you oppose abortion you are making “war on women,” and if you affirm Genesis that “male and female He created them,” you are “anti-gay” and “spewing hatred.” And an “extremist.” Really.

I expect Andrew Cuomo will mumble some excuse that he was speaking in the heat of the moment about opposing politicians. He also knows, of course, that with his Party’s more radical members, this will be a step towards the presidency.

But cultural Catholics: Beware! In 1984, Andrew’s father Mario gave a speech at Notre Dame affirming the notion that Catholics can be “personally opposed” without supporting laws to protect of life in the womb. Liberal Catholics and liberals more generally applauded. But as happens when you sell your birthright for a mess of pottage, Mario wound up in the wilderness. He never got near the White House.

It’s probably inevitable that, in a post-Christian culture, the state will not only become non-Christian, but positively anti-Christian. But who says a post-Christian culture is inevitable? What human will has done can be undone.

This is not only an American problem: it’s happening in all the developed democracies around the world – which along with the U.N. would like to spread it further. So it’s impossible to overstate the problem that exists between Church and State today.

This Wednesday, as for the past forty-one years, tens of thousands of people will come to the Mall in Washington from all over the country to protest Roe v. Wade. That fight has not been lost and has even succeeded making pro-lifers a slight majority in America.

But protesting abortion is no longer enough. We need action – every day, every place anti-Christian and anti-religious tyranny shows itself. I don’t know if there are protesters outside Cuomo’s residence this week, but there damn well ought to be.

These protests may not be pretty, or particularly “civil.” But for too long we’ve let others define proper social etiquette, which they don’t observe themselves, to get away with outrages.

And we cannot take for granted that our popular, democratic systems as practicing some kind of neutrality among the different beliefs of their peoples. As we know from sad experience, this fiction of balance almost always topples over on top of Christians.

Thomas Jefferson once said that he didn’t care whether his neighbor believed in one god or twenty: “it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

America has moved very far since then. Many people today have had their pockets picked and legs broken – and worse – because of what their fellow citizens do and do not believe. And the worst of all is that some now assume – not without reason – that they may ride roughshod over traditional believers with impunity.

That day is over. The bishops need to step up. But so do you and I.

Raise a ruckus!


Robert Royal
 is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is 
The God That Did Not Fail: How Religion Built and Sustains the Westnow available in paperback from Encounter Books.
 
 
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written by Michael Paterson-Seymour, January 20, 2014
As Hilaire Belloc says of the Church and the Anti-Clericalism of his day, “She proposes to take in men's minds even more than the place taken by patriotism; to influence the whole of society, not a part of it, and to influence it even more thoroughly than a common language. Where She is confronted by any agency inimical to Her claim, though that agency be not directly hostile, She cannot but oppose it. She denounces such laws as impose universal instruction upon Catholic children by force and forbid that instruction to be explicitly Catholic; as permit divorce; as license foul art; as favour contraception or the mutilation of the deficient. She does not admit the thesis that legislation and executive action, in Her eyes immoral, is no concern of Hers: that in this Christendom which She made She is to tolerate by silence and acquiescence what is damnable. Hence the prodigious quarrel!”
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written by Jack,CT, January 20, 2014
DAY TWO QUOMO-GATE

The turn to politics.....will it involve all Politics?

I suggest if not then perhaps bring it back to a "Majority Catholic" Chat,just thinking.(only because my concern is
with radicals of a different "Faith",the one that Killed
THREE Americans and 17 others within the last two days!

Be Honest : Perspective ??
God bless the souls lost, Amen-
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written by Jack,CT, January 20, 2014
Atlanta church service for the 85th birthday of MLKjr
starts at 10Am.
I hope we reflect on this great man and offer a prayer.
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written by Dennis Larkin, January 20, 2014
The Lord created a hierarchical Church, with bishops as leaders. Until they lead, the faithful cannot follow.
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written by Willie, January 20, 2014
At the 2012 Democratic convention at least half of the delegates voted to remove God from any platform or discussion. In the name of democracy are we approaching another "reign of terror?" It is not so far fetched a thought when Cardinal George says, "my successor will die in prison."
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written by Mack Hall, January 20, 2014
One hopes that "raise a ruckus" translates as "vote." Catholics and Jews consistently vote for their oppressors, when they vote at all.
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written by Sue, January 20, 2014
" I don’t know if there are protesters outside Cuomo’s residence this week, but there damn well ought to be."

The protest should be outside his bishop's residence. If Cuomo can excommunicate Catholics from the state, the bishop can surely return the favor.
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written by Jack,CT, January 20, 2014
@Mack; Aha! we are finally talkin solutions that
make real impact! thanks Mack and make no
mistake Voting is a much more apropriate
tactic than using the words of the Holy
Father truly at a "celebration" last year.

I certanly would reserve causing a Ruckus for
something greater than a fellow Roman Catholics
sins...
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written by grump, January 20, 2014
I doubt "raising a ruckus" will bear any fruit. It's too late to save New York, which has been drenched in blue for decades. Better yet, hope for God to intervene and cause a massive blizzard, then subzero temperatures a day before the Superbowl. Most of the good folks, Bob Royal and others notwithstanding, have already taken Horace Greeley's advice.

Although I am content to live in Wisconsin for now, I would gladly move to the first state that secedes from the union.

If God doesn't come through, Denver 33, Seattle 10.
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written by Augustine Thomas, January 20, 2014
Thank you for this!

Imagine if even a hundred thousand American Catholics were as capable as Royal and possessed even half of his ability to describe the rottenness of our situation and, more importantly, had the courage to say what's right, rather than what might get them into a "more prestigious" situation?

I remember working at Catholic Charities of Los Angeles.. There was one Catholic lady there and, as soon as she got off the phone with her government handler, she could tell us what they were allowing us to do that day.
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written by Robert Royal, January 20, 2014
I appreciate those here who think we need to pray for those who persecute us, and those who encourage more of us to vote. But it's the whole point of my column to say that these are not enough, unless we're simply willing to allow others to ride roughshod over Christianity. Since this is Martin Luther King Day, let me cite a few passages from his great Letter from Birmingham Jail, which in great part is an expression of his disappointment with "white moderates":

"There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over and men are no longer willing to be plunged into an abyss of injustice where they experience the bleakness of corroding
despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience."


And Dr. King pointed to a great history of figures who forced those committing injustice to turn to another path:

"Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was seen sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar because a higher moral law was involved. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians, who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks before submitting to certain unjust laws of the Roman Empire. To a degree, academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience.

We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." It was "illegal" to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal. If I lived in a Communist country today where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I believe I would openly advocate disobeying these anti-religious laws."

Dr. King was a great man, and prophetic - and following him means not assuming any longer that things are running normally, you can just go back to a comfortable life, as if there are not stark choices in front of us. We will wake up to that either now, when it's still possible to do something, or later when the cost of discipleship will be much, much higher.
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written by Frank, January 20, 2014
If 100+ years ago, Cuomo were at the front door of Ellis Island spewing this screed like George Wallace did in the early 60's, Cuomo's ancestors would have never been allowed in and he just might never have happened.
THIS is how it begins; a demagogue politician spews this filth and no one calls him to account. But then, Cuomo is also following in the footsteps of another Governor of New York who as President of the United State, interred thousands of Japanese deemed to be security threats to the state.
Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot, Mao-Tse Tung...all started this way and when their time to the leave the stage (thank goodness) was over, they left 150 - 200 million corpses in their wake.
"Purity;" racial purity and/or ideological purity and those who seek it start out with small snide invective, stir the masses into a false victim hood and target a bogeyman or scapegoat a group and the destructive energy of this evil takes on a life all of its own.
The philosopher Sy Leon stated that, "When men band together to promote peace and justice in the world, they become highly intolerant of those not of like view."
Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic in "good standing" according to his eminence Cardinal Dolan has crossed a line and it should be considered a line once crossed that can never be re-crossed back into the good graces of humanity for in such thoughts are the seeds of mass murder, recent history is fresh enough to teach us (hopefully) that bitter lesson.
And those who do nothing in the name of martyrdom deserve the same treatment. There is no higher good to be taught or attained here by laying down and "taking it." If the seeds of Cuomo's evil ever germinate to the ultimate nightmare, count me as one who won't "lay down," life at all stages must be defended. Fortunately, the Second Amendment affords me those means.
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written by Howard Kainz, January 20, 2014
Bob Royal invokes the analogy of civil disobedience justified by Martin Luther King. But this is a two-edged sword. Ever since the widespread Catholic reaction to Pope Paul's encyclical on contraception, dissent is chic, and liberal Catholics believe they are sincerely practicing the religious counterpart of civil disobedience.
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written by Sherry, January 20, 2014
When I went to the website of the Archdiocese of New York to see what Cardinal Dolan might have said regarding Andrew Cuomo's words, front and center was a promotion for "Making All Things New". The promotion says: "Making All Things New" is a pastoral planning initiative of the Archdiocese of New York which seeks to address how the archdiocese can best meet the religious, spiritual, and pastoral needs of the people of God now and into the future".

Their "planning initiative" can start today - with a rebuttal to Andrew Cuomo - and to us in terms of what we all can do to ensure our ability to practice the beliefs of our faith.

Robert Royal is absolutely right when he says: "But protesting abortion is no longer enough. We need action - every day, every place anti-Christian and anti-religious tyranny shows itself."

Unfortunately, I think there are a number of cardinals and bishops and lay people who are applauding what Cuomo has said - people who believe pro-lifers and those who believe marriage to be between one man and one woman - are giving "Catholicism" a "bad name". Cuomo just said out loud what others have been thinking. Which will be the next state to say likewise?

We need to take action. And it will hurt. There will be a price to pay, but we can no longer remain silent. We need to identify like-minded Catholics and support each other and come up with creative ideas. And yes, it would be great to see courage and leadership by more of our bishops.

Once again, as Robert Royal said:

"Dr. King was a great man, and prophetic - and following him means not assuming any longer that things are running normally, you can just go back to a comfortable life, as if there are not stark choices in front of us. We will wake up to that either now, when it's still possible to do something, or later when the cost of discipleship will be much, much higher."
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written by Avery Tödesuhl, January 20, 2014
Today is the feast of Saint Fabian, Pope, Martyr, and in the Office of Readings the Roman Church continues its reading of the Letter to the Ephesians by Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr. Ignatius writes, "those who profess to belong to Christ will be known by what they do. For the work we are about is not a matter of words here and now, but depends on the power of faith and on being found faithful to the end." In other words the goal is not worldly success, but being a witness to the authentic Roman Catholic faith, unadulterated by our own sinfulness.

So if we raise a ruckus, acting politically in our limited form of democracy, the goal is not like other political groups, but instead to be witnesses to God. If we have success we must chant

Non nobis, non nobis, Domine
Sed nomini tuo da gloriam

If we fail in this polity, we will have borne witness to a higher realm. And it is that Reign of God that is the true home of everyone passing the Divine Judgment of the Lord. Are we willing to be martyrs in the U.S.? U.S. martyrdom won't necessarily be bloody or even public ... Wait and see.
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written by Robert Royal, January 20, 2014
Professor Kainz wisely warns about the dangers of civil disobedience, and any conscientious person must take that danger into account. But we human beings abuse all sorts of things: some were "martyrs" for Nazism and Communism not that long ago, or are proud and arrogant about utter foolishness. Read the whole of MLK Jr's Letter from Birmingham Jail if you want to see a serious soul grappling with all the ramifications of his actions. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say many of us are going to need such wisdom before long; not a few do already, today.
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written by Howard Kainz, January 20, 2014
@Robert Royal: But I hope you don't miss my point that Gov. Cuomo and many other liberal Catholics think that their dissent IS the religious analogue to civil disobedience. Namely, that they stand for the "sensus fidelium" that opposes unjust hierarchical rulings, and they could even chant "we shall overcome." I'm talking about a mindset! In their eyes, they are already "raising the ruckus" that will finally bring Catholicism into the 21st century. Oh, well....
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written by grump, January 20, 2014
Mr. Royal, you ruined a nice column and discussion by quoting MLK Jr. Some day the as-yet unreleased FBI files will reveal him as the adulterer and fake that he truly was.
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written by Dave, January 20, 2014
Andrew Cuomo won't be backtracking soon. Neither Cardinal Dolan nor Bishop Hubbard will hold him to account; and, if they tried, he'd tell them they were meddling in civic affairs and they should get to the sideline, to which, I fear, they would skedaddle. This is but the most recent of a series of tipping points each of which up until now has been tipping toward those who would marginalize the Faith and persecute Christians and others of good will, now quietly, now openly. So Bob is right that unless something is done, it will really be too late, though I suspect it already is. It isn't really the case that what human will has done can be undone, at least by us humans: the only remedy for sin came from outside of our condition, by the Lord assuming it; and the remedies we need now will require divine intervention, too. The Way of the Cross is the way of salvation, and our Lord calls us to follow it with him, so I agree with Bob that it's time to step up, regardless of the consequences of doing so. Only by following that Way will we win the support of the Lord who has been waiting for us.

But to these means in the exterior forum we must add the means for the interior forum: prayer and fasting, almsgiving. To these we must add apostolate too: how many are there who would respond to the message if it were given to them straight-up, lovingly, and convincingly?

I agree with Bob that martyrdom in its myriad forms is not far off. What helped with the conversion of the ancient world was the courage of those who bore witness even unto death. And so we, too, must do our part, remembering that all kingdoms and empires come and go -- ours, too -- and what matters is Christ: who leads us to the Father, who gives us the Church and the means of salvation, and who will save those who are faithful to the end. The message he wants us to deliver is not political: it is spiritual, and the call is to bear witness not to our civil rights, but to Him whose Kingdom is not of this world.

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written by CCR in BA, January 20, 2014
As a heretic and an enemy of God's people, Mr Cuomo is accursed by his own actions and not only him but his family and three generations of his descendants. We have to pray for him that he will return to the faith (if he was ever there) of his baptism. When one sees the awful events that have castigated the Kennedy clan, one would imagine others would steer clear of the hypocritical Catholicism practiced by some of them, especially Joseph Sr.
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written by Robert Royal, January 20, 2014
Friends, let's beware of judging Dr. King or Cuomo. King was a sinner, but a fake? No. What Cuomo is, I confess, baffles me. He probably doesn't know himself anymore.
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written by Fr. J, January 20, 2014
Occasionally liberals mention the expulsion of Muslims and Jews from Spain. Perhaps this is the modern equivalent? We are being invited to leave a state...or else. Maybe Catholics will eventually be expelled from the whole country?
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written by Manfred, January 20, 2014
Martin Luther King(?) Why does no one mention Los Cristeros, those brave Mexican CATHOLICS who took up arms and were organized to fight the secular, hateful Mexican government from 1926 to 29? The government was aided by the U.S. Priests and Catholic lay leaders were murdered and Churches were corrupted. While they lost about 20,000 of their own members, they killed about 30,000 Federales and other despotic Mexican leaders. Father Pro was martyred at that time.
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written by Manfred, January 20, 2014
We are living in the "diabolical disorientation" which the Mother of God promised we would.
"Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgement to to the first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history....the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom - Lucifer."
Saul Alinsky, Chicago community organizer and "spiritual" mentor to Barack Obama and Father Pfleger, wrote this as the preface of his book: Rules for Radicals.
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written by grump, January 20, 2014
Mr. Royal, I did not mean to judge, but rather let this one fact speak for itself: (Where is an Ed Snowden when we need one?)

On January 31, 1977, United States district Judge John Lewis Smith, Jr., ordered all known copies of the recorded audiotapes and written transcripts resulting from the FBI’s electronic surveillance of King between 1963 and 1968 to be held in the National Archives and sealed from public access until 2027.
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written by Grady, January 20, 2014
What does it mean for a “Sheppard to protect his flock”? Do our bishops have any concept of this? It certainly does not appear that way to me. In fact it seems as though the faithful are more likely to be a target for their “unacceptable” behavior than the enemies of the church. Are we to push our leaders aside and take the battle to the enemy? Should we do battle with the Cuomos and the Fr. Pflegers ourselves since the bishop’s refuse to protect the flock from these serpents? Whether in the church or in politics when one attempts to enter the fight on the conservative/orthodox side we can be sure there will always be those in “our camp” ready to stab us in the back. There is always the stuffy, self righteous pansy that refuses to even name the enemy much less fight the enemy but ever ready to point out their moral superiority about how a battle should NOT be fought. Not that they would ever fight themselves. One thing about liberals is they don’t criticize their own no matter how putrid and dishonest their fellow liberals are. They keep a laser focus on the enemy. We would prefer to hand them our unborn, our children to the vileness of their stances on all things sexual, our own liberties and freedoms than be ACCUSSED of not fighting fairly, without a smile, without love, without being nice etc.
And yes Dr. King had the same complaint in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

Could Cardinal Dolan ask all Catholics and Catholic owned businesses in the United Sates to honor the governor by cancelling all travel plans to the state of New York? Could he ask all citizens of conscious to no longer purchase anything in the state of New York? Could he for once act like he is interested at all in protecting the flock by bringing to bear the power of the Church against the state of New York as the political hack Cuomo has against her members? I suppose not. When they haul him off to jail does he want us to stand up for him the way he has stood up for us? I suppose not.

Maybe protecting the flock from the ravages of the enemy has always been a fairy tale that ignorant church goers have fallen for.
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written by Kevin J. Bauer, January 20, 2014
As Professor Kainz rightly notes, the Governor expresses the sensus fidelium of progressive Catholic (just like his old man at Notre Dame in 1984). This means, I think, that the question of the hierarchy's responsibility in all this is not, as Mr. Royal thinks, an academic question. To be blunt, the bishops broke the "Catholic Thing" after Vatican II because they thought that loving your neighbor was identical with loving God with your whole heart, mind, soul and strength. Even now most of them don't regret the damage done and they haven't stopped carrying water for "Catholic" politicians. As for the good ones, like Chaput, they are too nice to cowboy up and call a spade a shovel. Because then they would have to admit that they did this, they made Andrew Cuomo possible.
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written by Kevin J. Bauer, January 20, 2014
I think Andrew Cuomo knows exactly who he is
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written by Jack,CT, January 20, 2014
I truly wish I did not remind the Author of "MLK"
this morning as:
the attacks have not moved to Mlk as well!

Doctor King was pro life and polar opposite the man
we discuss these lat couple days.

Dare i say If I ws "Baffled" by a person and hint I was
confused and did not understand you I would reserve
cnvicting you!

We are all sinners and some studys show 70% of all
married people have cheated but not all are in the
news,perhaps the only difference here.

Finally,I hope that we can go back to the pertinent
issues.
I am horrified with the attacks on MLK and the overall
tone and diction used by some,please think before you
"Pull the trigger" on the keys and think:What good did
"HE" do?,dwell on that and let Jesus sort out the rest
we will all face the Lord soon and untill then I will
pray for all the "Poor Souls" (Holy Souls).

I ask we start acting like Christians,"Lutheran"
made a very insightful comment yesturday and it is
worth reading.

So.We all have our share of Sin!
Why are we baffled' with that?

I always felt "NoN Profits" should be Non Partisan,
but then again that is a whole other topic,and we
do not need to go there....

Well,Pray without Ceasing and stop the needless
Attacks on everyone from Blessed PJP to
Mlk it shows NO Class.


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written by Robert Royal, January 20, 2014
Jack, you are a gentle and peace-loving soul. But the people we are dealing with are not. This is not a question of religious forgiveness and not judging. It's a matter of protecting the innocents from people who will do evil for their own benefit. And for that we need various weapons. As will become clear, I'm quite sure, very soon.
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written by Seanachie, January 20, 2014
Robert, I believe Grump (above) has it right. Citing King to support your argument only weakens and degrades it. Perhaps Fr. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, would have been a better choice. As you may know, the Knights are crusaders in the right to life and live the virtues of charity, unity, fraternalism, and patriotism. It would do Cuomo and clan well to remember that Knights
"are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens." I don't think these are the kinds of citizens and families that are "persona non grata" in any values driven, freedom loving state or nation.
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written by Deacon Ed Peitler, January 20, 2014
Enough with the platitudes about how bad things are and how we need to do something. At the behest of the holy Father, here's the ruckus that I will take in response to this crass anti-Catholic screed by the No-Nothing Cuomo: Henceforth, I will not contribute one cent to my parish, diocese or any organization affiliated in any way with the USCCB. Instead, I will use my financial resources to support any and all political organizations whose aims include defending my religious freedom.

Lest anyone recite the commandments of the Church to me that proposing such an action violates the commandment to financially support the Church, i can only say that this IS supporting the Church. Since bishops seem unable to lead in this regard, I will instead lend my financial support to those who will.
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written by Rosemary, January 20, 2014
I am with Dennis Larkin and Sue and Deacon Ed. The sort of comment Cuomo made is what I expect from him. He's is not the problem: he is the result of the problem. So, what is the problem?

It's the strange lack of interest by bishops in feeding the faithful with truth.
It's the fear of bishops (and thereby, the faithful) that Catholic doctrine is alienating. (It's best to tone it down lest we lose the respect of others. God won't mind.)
It's the odd eagerness of the USCCB to contract with the federal and state government while it also claims to remain independent of those civil powers. A bishop can't criticize the very symbol, the governor, with whom he does business. It's very, very sad.



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written by Jack,CT, January 21, 2014
I have reread all the comments and learned a ton! THX TO
ALL-
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written by Tony Esolen, January 21, 2014
I'll freely concede that we cannot know the disposition of Andrew Cuomo's muddled soul. But we are on much better ground when we judge and expose the state of Andrew Cuomo's addled brains. On the principle that Satan hates most of all to be mocked, we should be exposing political hacks to the peals of derisive laughter they deserve, NOT because we mean them harm -- we'd much prefer they kept their foolish mouths shut; but because charity towards our neighbors demands that we clear the vicious incompetents out. We can say with a devastating understatement, "I do not know whether Andrew Cuomo is in imminent danger of losing his immortal soul. He does, it is true, champion the dismemberment and the saline dissolution of our brothers and sisters in the womb, and this is a hideous evil. He does, it is also true, champion the evacuation of any biological and natural meaning from the word "marriage," and this is also a hideous evil, in a time when the family, especially for the poorest among us, is so frail. But we cannot judge his soul. Much that seems due to malice may be due to misguided affection or invincible ignorance. Yet, though we cannot judge his soul, it is the right of every citizen to judge the wisdom of any politician, and in that light I should like to say that Andrew Cuomo is the biggest horse's ass ever to grace a political office since Caligula made his charger a Roman senator. I will not say that he is too wicked for heaven; but he is certainly, and this is saying a great deal, too much of a bonehead even for Albany."
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written by Deacon Ed Peitler, January 22, 2014
Anthony Esolen: Let's not forget the fact that he is living with a woman who is not his wife. I do recall the Gospel story about the woman at the well.

I, too, will shy away from any assessment of the state of Andrew Cuomo's soul and will NOT state that if he were to remain unrepentant, he would be headed for hell. But I will not shy away from saying that fornication is a mortal sin. Perhaps, he is invincibly ignorant. If that were true, it would be a case of 'like father, like son' (cf 'personally opposed but...)
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written by Catherine Sullivan, January 22, 2014
I sent this email to Governor Cuomo

Dear Governor Cuomo,

Thank God you were not around when I was sworn in as an American citizen at the Federal District Court, Foley Square. It was a thrilling day for me as a 21 year old having left my entire family behind. I would have been forced to leave the State of New York because of my Catholic values if you had been the Governor at the time. I still hold those values today and look at you as a disgrace because of your personal lifestyle. You will find out one day that in the end everything belongs to God, even New York State. The next time you look in the mirror think about your arrogant statement that people with values you do not share have no place in New York State.

Sincerely,

Catherine Sullivan


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written by Frank, January 22, 2014
Cheers for Robert Royal, a true Catholic leader. Gov. Cuomo has crossed the line and his very salvation is now in question. Catholic leaders, including Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Hubbard, must take swift and decisive action to insure that the "Catholic" Cuomo is reigned back in. "Political" Cuomo can do as he pleases,but when he openly chastices Catholic beliefs, his lack of Catholic fidelity places him solidly in the heretical class.

A great Catholic priest who graduated from Archbishop Malloy High School demanded that his photograph be taken down from the Wall Of Honor at the school lest he be associated with the Governor. More Catholics, from Malloy, or Fordham, or from the Chancery of the Archdiocese of NY need to follow this great priest's lead as Our Lord is seeking today's Saints who will defend His persecuted Church. We need to join Robert Royal and this great priest on their march to sainthood. Maybe a Catholic March On Albany is in order.

The phone number for Archbishop Malloy High School, in Queens, is 718-441-2100. All Catholics, including alumni, should consider calling the school and asking them to take Gov Cuomo's photograph down from their Wall of Honor.

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