Andrew Cuomo Should be Excommunicated

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s a practicing Catholic. He attends church with his live-in girlfriend, supports abortion on demand, and pushed for the legalization of homosexual marriage.

Gov. Cuomo’s latest directive is to make abortion on demand even easier to obtain in the Empire State by enacting the Reproductive Health Act that he says will “protect a woman's freedom of choice. . . . Because it's her body, it's her choice.”

The governor and his legislative lemmings just passed a draconian gun control bill designed to protect the children of New York. Almost in the same breath, the same governor, wants to enact legislation that will kill more children every day in the state of New York than were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Where is the priest of his parish? Where is the Bishop of his diocese? This man should be excommunicated from the church. The Church is complicit in the guilt of this man and other Church members who will vote with him on this bloody law.

And yet, he remains a member in good standing in the Church. He attends the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Albany. I doubt know where he is a member, but he must be a member somewhere.

All we’re getting from the Catholic hierarchy is “disappointment” in the governor:

“Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York expressed ‘great disappointment’ in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement to move forward with the state’s proposed Reproductive Health Act. . . . ‘I am hard-pressed to think of a piece of legislation that is less needed or more harmful than this one,’ Cardinal Dolan wrote in a Jan. 9 letter to Gov. Cuomo, who is Catholic.”

That’s it? “Great disappointment,” “less needed,” “harmful”? This new bill, if passed, will give women the right to kill their pre-born baby right up until the time of delivery. No wonder today’s church is viewed as irrelevant and impotent.

Is the church afraid of losing membership because there are millions of Catholics who agree with the governor’s political positions on abortion and homosexual marriage? If this is true, then it’s time to clean house beyond the governor's mansion.

What about “separation of church and state”? Should the church get mixed up in politics? This is not a political issue. It’s a moral issue. The apostle Paul had to deal with someone in the church of Corinth who had “has his father's wife” (1 Cor. 5:1). Paul tells the Corinthians about their toleration of such gross immorality:

“You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst. For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. . . . REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES” (vv. 2–5, 13).

Excommunication does not remove the governor from office; it removes him from the church and its sacraments. I know this doesn’t mean much to many people today, but it means a great deal to God and the long-term health of the church.