Cuomo goes hardline
By Diogenes ( articles ) | Apr 29, 2005
Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, the first US Catholic politician to set forth the "personally opposed, but" rationale for supporting legal abortion, has now laid down the law. In a New York Daily News column, Cuomo warns that Jesus Christ set forth some clear teachings, and:
To deny these eternal and unchangeable truths of Christ is to renounce the Catholic Church.
Wow. Strong words. Now what are those "eternal and unchangeable truths of Christ?" In the previous paragraph, Cuomo had listed them:
That includes the obligation to be generous to those in need, and to avoid unjust and unnecessary wars that kill innocent people.
But wait; later in the column, Cuomo advances the theory that the only truths we can consider definitive are those which the Church has proclaimed infallibly. And by his rigorous theological standards, the only infallible statement ever was the proclamation of the Immaculate Conception.
So if I follow the Cuomo logic properly, if you believe in the Immaculate Conception, you're a good Catholic-- even if you reject generosity, and support "unjust and unnecessary wars that kill innocent people."
But that can't possibly be what Cuomo really means, because I'm sure he would not want to be willing to concede that someone can be a good Catholic and yet endorse the killing of innocent people.
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