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.

Oh, wait....

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 30, 2005 7:48 PM ET USA

    Niether Cumo nor fils is much hindered by principle. Gov. Cuomo clearly sought to be "more generous" to murderers than to the murdered, since he refused to sign legislation restoring the death penalty in New York, but spoke early and often about his support for the fatuously-phrased "womens' right to choose." He lacked the guts to put it all on the line back in '92, and we're thankful that he did. He might have become the second inauthentic Catholic US President. Be not afraid, huh?

  • Posted by: parochus - Apr. 30, 2005 6:41 AM ET USA

    And, of course, the Assumption. Or is that the faulty thing he's making?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 29, 2005 7:39 PM ET USA

    I trust BobSyracuse will not hold his breath till his hoped-for event occurs. He will become rather cyanotic.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Apr. 29, 2005 2:29 PM ET USA

    Wouldn't it be something if Cuomo and those who support abortion repented and put a stop to this horrible act!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 29, 2005 2:15 PM ET USA

    I guess the Immaculate Conception rates above Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide, even though none of them are found explicitly in Sacred Scripture. But since he is not generous in speech with his self-made enemies, and since he is on the general staff of the war for abortion on demand (ie killing the innocent unborn), this can only be an attempt to carve out a Catholic niche for himself (uncorrected by any Bishop) during the papacy of Bededict XVI.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 29, 2005 1:31 PM ET USA

    I look forward by his Bishop the pulic correction of his public statements since a Bishop is both Shepard and Teacher to the entire flock.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 29, 2005 1:01 PM ET USA

    If we get enough of these know nothing "catholics" like Cuomo speaking out, they will dig their own political graves.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 29, 2005 11:44 AM ET USA

    While I am personally opposed to obfuscations, I feel that as a Catholic, I cannot impose my standards of lucidity of doctrine, dogma and Church teachings upon Governor Cuomo. My goal is to make obfuscating available to any politician, but ultimately rare. In fact, following the recent example of Senator Clinton, I hope that we lucid Catholics can at least find some common ground with Democratic Party obfuscators.