Catholic Leaders Call for Gov. Cuomo to Be Excommunicated for Pro-Abortion Bill
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo accused of ‘flagrant celebration of pro-abortion bill’
When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new legislation last week, that legalizes abortion up until the point of birth, the Democratic governor's celebrations angered many religious leaders, especially those own professed Catholic faith.
Some Catholic leaders are now calling for Cuomo to be excommunicated from the church.
Cuomo was cheered and applauded during the public signing of the bill minutes after the "Reproductive Health Act" passed, moving abortion to the health code from the state criminal statute.
The new law allows non-doctors to perform the procedure, allowing for abortions to be performed up to the moment of birth if the life or health of the mother is deemed at risk or the baby is not viable.
The governor especially angered opponents when he celebrated the passing by ordering that landmarks in the state, including One World Trade Center, be lit pink in celebration.
"It goes way beyond Roe v. Wade in so many ways, so I don't see it as something to celebrate," Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger told "Fox & Friends" Saturday.
"The kind of procedures that are now available in New York state, we wouldn't even do to a dog or a cat...It's torture."
According to Fox News, New York state bishops have been asked to consider ex-communication, which Scharfenberger says is a "last resort" that may come about if Cuomo continues to distance himself from the church.
Scharfenberger said Cuomo, who has touted his Roman Catholic faith and the fact that he was a former altar boy in his State of the State address earlier this month, should not be receiving communion because of his flagrant celebration of the pro-abortion bill, a "very radical separation from the Catholic communion" and "light years away" from Pope Francis on abortion.
Tennesee Bishop Rick Stika of Knoxville tweeted on Thursday that if it were up to him, he’d excommunicate Cuomo.
“This vote is so hideous and vile that it warrants the act,” Stika wrote.
Other Catholics, including bishops, agreed on social media, but it is unlikely to happen.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, told "Fox & Friends" Monday morning it would just be "ammunition" for pro-abortion opponents who would dismiss the issue as a Catholic one and not a human rights issue.
He said he gets "wheelbarrows" full of letters a day asking about it.
"He's not going to be moved by this, so what's the use?" Dolan remarked.
The New York archbishop did note that excommunication for anyone who performed abortions or supported the practice was the norm until the last 50 years or so when the church focused more on mercy.
Cuomo’s father, the late three-term governor Mario Cuomo, was threatened with excommunication for his views on abortion.