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Andrew Cuomo, the Catholic Anti-Catholic Print E-mail
By George J. Marlin   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014

When Andrew Cuomo was running for governor in 2010, he claimed time and again that he wanted to represent and fight for all the people of New York – all, that is, except Catholics.

Since taking office in 2011, Cuomo, who was baptized a Catholic, graduated from Archbishop Molloy H.S. in Queens County and Fordham University, has been hell-bent on offending Catholics and dismissing their beliefs in the public square.

Cuomo’s first assault was on Catholic teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman. He was embarrassed that his state had been “surpassed by many other countries which have legalized same-sex marriage including the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden and Portugal; as well as by many states.”  “Marriage equality,” he declared, “is a question of principle and the state shouldn’t discriminate against same-sex couples who wish to get married.”  He promised to “fight to make sure all couples have equal marriage rights under the law.”

To impose his will on practicing Catholics, Jews, and Muslims, Cuomo ruthlessly used the powers of his office.  He bought off several wavering Republican State Senators – sadly, all baptized Catholics – with promises of appointments if voters should turn them out of office. 

Worse yet, Cuomo bought off the GOP Senate leader Dean Skelos, who had promised NY Cardinal Timothy Dolan that he would never permit the same-sex marriage bill to make it to the floor of the upper legislative chamber.

For a few political crumbs from Cuomo’s table, Skelos broke his word and permitted a roll call, knowing it would pass.  Skelos’ rationale that the days of bottling up bills are over was absurd.  Every year, at least 90 percent of all legislation introduced is bottled up and dies in committee by design.

Cuomo’s next move was proposing legislation expanding abortion rights.  In his 2013 State of the State Address, he pandered to the radical pro-abortion lobby by screaming at the top of his lungs four times, “It’s her body; it’s her choice!”

New York, the abortion capital of America – 37.6 percent abortions per 1,000 pregnancies versus 19.6% nationally – has had the nation’s most liberal statute on the books since 1970.  If Roe v. Wade were suddenly overturned, it would have no impact on the state.

Andrew Cuomo

Fortunately, Cuomo’s plan to codify abortion as a “fundamental right of privacy” – a classification even the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected – is still stalled in the state legislature thanks to the Catholic Conference and other pro-life groups.  But Cuomo continues to press for passage and will not give up until he gets his way.

Then, there was Cuomo’s comment in January that Catholics and others are unfit citizens and no longer welcome in the Empire State:

Who are they?  Are they these extreme conservatives who are right to life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay?  Is that who they are?  Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

Cardinal Dolan spoke for millions of N.Y. Catholics who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage when he said the governor’s remarks were “unfortunate at best; inflammatory and outrageous at worst.”

With Cuomo in mind, Dolan insisted “The extremists are really on the other side.  The extremists are those who want to radically expand abortion, are not happy with the things as they are, resist the constitutionally legal restraints that have been reasonably placed upon abortion.”

Cuomo’s latest shot has been at the financially troubled Catholic school system.  For years proponents of parochial and private schools have pushed for passage of the Education Investment Tax Credit which would permit “individuals, with certain well-defined limits, to donate money for education and receive a tax credit for doing so.”

It is believed that such a credit would encourage more donations to help eliminate the operating deficits of Catholic schools, which educate 215,000 children throughout the state.

This year there was optimism that the bill, which had the support of trade union and business leaders, would finally be part of the 2014-15 state budget.  In fact, Cardinal Dolan was promised it was a done deal.

However, when Albany’s smoke-filled rooms were cleared on Sunday, March 31, the governor, who has huge executive authority over the budget process, permitted the provision to be dropped.

A disappointed Cardinal Dolan said he was “frustrated – and to be honest, angry – when the children in our Catholic schools are treated like second-class citizens again and again.”

For the life of me, I cannot understand why Andrew Cuomo thinks nothing of poking Dolan in the eye every chance he gets.  Unlike his father, Mario, who tried to rationalize his mistaken theological and moral stances in Catholic forums, Andrew appears not to care about Church teachings and what his co-religionists believe.

Granted, Cuomo knows the Catholic vote is not the monolithic vote it used to be.  Nevertheless, there are still 7.3 million Catholics in New York – 38 percent of the state’s population.  And in New York’s depressed rust belt cities, working class Catholics, who have not fled to states that offer job opportunities, tend to be older ones who subscribe to traditional Judeo-Christian principles, live them in their daily lives, and expect the same of public officials.  Their beliefs mean more than material gain and transcend economic issues.

These angry practicing Catholics can, however, strike back this November at the ballot box.  By coming out in full force and casting their votes for Cuomo’s pro-life opponent, Rob Astorino, they can send a strong message, upset Cuomo’s plan to run up a huge margin of victory, and dash his hopes to be the second (sort of) Catholic president.



George J. Marlin, Chairman of the Board of Aid to the Church in Need USA, is an editor of The Quotable Fulton Sheen and the author of The American Catholic VoterHis most recent book is Narcissist Nation: Reflections of a Blue-State Conservative.
 
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written by DeGaulle, April 09, 2014
"... Andrew appears not to care about Church teachings and what his co-religionists believe."

It appears very much to me that Cuomo cares very much about these things. So that he can systematically attack and oppose them.
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written by Francis, April 09, 2014
Gov. Cuomo has acted on his principles as he understands them. His Catholic formation in education clearly had a lot to do with them. How could they not? The Catholic identity (being a morally guided person) has served him well. The fact that like dad he subscribes to a gnostic understanding of the Gospel is disappointing but not surprising. We are the same age, both from NYC and shared a similar primary parochial education. I cannot speak specifically of his but only on my own. The change in primary Catholic education in the mid 60s, at least in NYC parochial schools changed dramatically in a very particular manner. We were guided away from what we knew about the faith to what we felt about it. Losing content and substituting feelings leaves many of my age group knowing little of the faith and relying greatly on feelings. I am a 20 year RCIA catechist. It took me all that time and years before to learn more, reflect on what I know and counter what I may feel when it comes to knowing the Truth of the Gospel. Gov. Cuomo relies on his feelings allowing him to be a good person inside regardless of his actions. It is not Catholic Christianity but it is very much contemporary Christianity.
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written by Myshkin, April 09, 2014
Right. I do hope that everyone in New York state votes for Cuomo's opponent, but I won't be holding my breath. New York has had a series of abysmal governors since Pataki (and even he wasn't very much to speak of). No reason to think they'll be changing that track record now.

As for Cuomo's Roman Catholic schooldays, one must remember that Robbespierre went to the Jesuit College of Paris, the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, for his education. He was recommended for a scholarship there by his Bishop! How'd that work out, you tell me? The worst rogues often have had the most opportunities. What's the old tag: corruptio optimi pessima.
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written by Augustine Thomas, April 09, 2014
Typical American Catholic--either a coward or a backstabber. (Expect a lot more evil from Baby Murder Nation.)
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written by Mack, April 09, 2014
Very few self-professed Catholics attend Mass, and even fewer vote. Those who do vote tend to vote for their own destruction via the Democratic Party -- and I am not praising the Republican Party, an increasingly harmless lot of Merovingians.
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written by maineman, April 09, 2014
Even if the priests and bishops won't do it, there is nothing keeping the laity from viewing and labeling Cuomo and all so-called cafeteria Catholics as the protestants that they really are.
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written by WSquared, April 09, 2014
"Unlike his father, Mario, who tried to rationalize his mistaken theological and moral stances in Catholic forums, Andrew appears not to care about Church teachings and what his co-religionists believe."

...but the former leads to the latter in pretty short order. From what you state here, Cumo pere's "Catholicism" is incoherent.

The problem with Cafeteria Catholicism of any stripe-- and this applies to any and all forms and goes as a reminder and a warning to absolutely all of us-- is that if you ignore the stuff you "don't like," the stuff you "like" falls down.
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written by Boone , April 09, 2014
Cuomo and his fellow "catholic" pro abortion politicians need to be publicly excommunicated. All de facto excommunication does is get the Bishops off the hook from doing their duty. Sadly, too many of them are more like politicians than protectors of the Faith.
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written by Jack,CT, April 09, 2014
Astorino is "Upset" about the 200+ "Clinics" cleanliness
and calls for the Health comm to step down,thats
like saying clean the weapon between the murders!

He talks about the slaughter of all these baby's
in the same sentance as "Natural Gas!


I just have no reason to believe there will be

Anything done by Astorino to end this 43 year

Law called "Roe vs Wade"

At least the current Gov says what he believes
despite our contrary beliefs!

Career Politician = eMore of same!)


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written by Jack,CT, April 09, 2014
And....'Aspiring to clean the scene between Murder"
is so hard to read! thx Asporino!
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written by Bob Sarbane, April 09, 2014
Understanding Andrew Cuomo is relatively simple -- look at that the poll numbers say about anything and you'll find Andrew's position. He will be on the Catholic side if it will mean more votes. Otherwise, fergadaboutit.
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written by Sharon, April 09, 2014
I'm not so sure about the working class Catholics in New York State. Time and again, voters in Erie County either elect known pro-choice candidates, or fail to express the least concern when an elected pro-lifer sells out the unborn and becomes an enlightened (read: bought and paid for) pro-choicer. A conservative candidate in New York needs a lot of support from conservative Protestants to make up for all the Catholic New Yorkers who vote Democrat, time and time again.
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written by Seanachie, April 09, 2014
Well done, George...let us hope (pray) the Catholic vote in November reflects Catholic values in every local, county, and state election. While Cuomo and clan are specific embarrassments to faithful NY Catholics, they have like minded/acting "Catholic" political counterparts at every level across the country.
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written by Mr. Levy, April 09, 2014
Amen, Boone. Cardinal Dolan might start by making a statement against offering such "men" communion.

But I am afraid Cardinal Dolan is unlikely to do so.
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written by Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick, April 09, 2014
It is not just a good idea to refuse Communion to men like Andrew Cuomo, it is a MORTAL SIN to give them Communion. But Cardinals Dolan, Wuerl, O'Malley, George, etc., have more important concerns. As do practically all American bishops. See Canon 915
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written by Charles E Flynn, April 09, 2014
Suggested Google search:

Excommunication Scene from Becket - YouTube
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written by Ray, April 09, 2014
Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick says all that needs saying. Thanks, Father. My prayers daily are for leaders in our Church, who will follow the inspiration of the Holy Spirit who guides it. Haven't seen it very often and never from the supposed upper echelon leaders he mentioned. America's masculinity has been eroded and few Catholic clergy are willing to stand up to the predominant culture which has been taken over by relativism. All of the Apostles were martyred except St. John, does anyone think the aforementioned American Bishops would stand up to anyone in authority here in our country. NO WAY! They don't even have to fear persecution; yet, they won't answer the bell. Proof of this lie in the fine work provided by this author. THANKS!!
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written by Chris in Maryland, April 09, 2014
Francis is spot on. I share a lot in common with his experience. I saw my Church slide from Truth, tradition and conviction.

We as Catholic people have chosen to drink from the River of Forgetfulness.

We need to re-form our ranks, and build schools that teach Goodness, Truth and Beauty - not the "katholik-kommen-kore" which is the same old stupid 20th C thinking by the Catholic bureaucracy - believing they can flourish if the y "go-along-to-get-along." Time for us to wise up.
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written by Mr. Levy, April 09, 2014
Thank you to Father Fitzpatrick for the instruction on Canon 915, which I looked up ("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.").

And thank you to Mack for the best pithy description of the Republican Party I have heard: "an increasingly harmless lot of Merovingians" (I had to look up the Merovingian dynasty, which was well worth the time).

Thank you also to Myshkin for the Robespierre anecdote.

A pleasure to read such educated comments.
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written by Karen, April 09, 2014
38% of the population in NY is Catholic but only 215,000 children are educated in NY Catholic schools? Where are the little children?

Perhaps this is why we have 'cuomoesque' Catholics.

If we can't convince the people in the pew to support Catholic education, we certainly can't expect the legislature to do it for us.

Our Lord commissioned us to bring the little children to him. Not Caesar.
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written by Dennis Larkin, April 10, 2014
Cardinal Dolan is responsible for protecting his flock from wolves. From out here in Iowa, it seems he is doing a poor job of it.
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written by schm0e, April 10, 2014
I have observed some things since reentering the Church a decade ago. Many of them have been surpassingly, overarchingly wonderful (can’t use too many superlatives here). A few have been dismally disappointing. To wit:

1.Nominal public “Catholics”. From them I conclude that the worst enemies of both the Church and the State are reprobates – in the Church and the State.
2.The Catholic “Power Bloc”. It exists. It runs through banking, industry, media, politics, and community activism into the USCCB. I wish someone would do a comprehensive expose of it.
3.Ted Kennedy has a legacy that springs from 1 & 2 above. God only knows what sort of internal torment moved the Senator to use his God given talents in a tireless effort to enshrine evil and folly into law (though I have a hunch). He has ideological offspring in the likes of Cuomo, Pelosi, Sebelius, Biden et al and their fellow travelers. Saul Alinsky, for example.
4.Cardinal Dolan advocated publicly for Obamacare. He reminded the Diocese of New York repeatedly in parish bulletin inserts that “the church has been advocating for universal healthcare for over a hundred years”. Archbishop Nickless said that also, and then went on to say that nowhere does the Church teach that the state must provide it; but that the market can provide it where markets exist. Dolan neglected to remind his flock about that.
5.Cardinal Dolan was publicly lauded for having won the promise of a Churchwide exemption from certain onerous provisions of the law he advocated, as if that which he happily recommended to the people at large wasn’t quite good enough for the Church. We all know how that turned out. But did that “promise” the president gave him motivate him to promote the law’s passage from the pulpit? The ghost of Ted Kennedy speaks.
6.Finally, I knew from my Evangelical Protestant days that we’re in a spiritual war. I learned that ground zero seems to be right in the locales of the Church. I knew I was in for an awakening when I saw, in what was then the most conservative parish in the City, a man wearing a baseball cap at Sunday Mass that read "Obama 2008". He never did take it off that morning.

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written by Deacon Ed Peitler, April 10, 2014
Is it possible that anyone could live in a state of mortal sin and it not affect all aspects of their lives? I think not.
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written by Gian, April 10, 2014
"Cardinal Dolan advocated publicly for Obamacare. " writes a commentator above. And I find this excerpt from an article recently published in this very website regarding the Hobby Lobby case:

"Either they must acquiesce to the HHS mandate and materially cooperate with the termination of nascent human life, and thus violate their conscience and what they believe is a clear command of God (Psalm 127:3), or they must cease offering health benefits to their employees, and thus violate their conscience and what they believe is a clear command of God: “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (2 John 3:17-18)"

Also from National Review Online, the lawyer for Hobby Lobby, Clement argued that
"the companies felt a religious duty to offer health insurance to their employees,"
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I do not understand this "religious duty". Where has it come from?.
Why aren't employers content with paying a decent and just wage?

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