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Mario Cuomo dead at 82

January 02, 2015

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Mario Cuomo, who served as governor of New York from 1983 to 1994, died at the age of 82 on January 1, as his son Andrew began his second term as the state’s governor.

Described by his Associated Press obituary as “the nation’s most famous Roman Catholic supporter of abortion rights,” Cuomo is perhaps most often remembered in Catholic circles for “Religious Belief and Public Morality,” a 1984 address at the University of Notre Dame in which he defended his position on abortion legislation.

“In the end, Cuomo argued that ‘approval or rejection of legal restrictions on abortion should not be the exclusive litmus test of Catholic loyalty,’” Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote two decades later. “With those words, he wrote the alibi for every ‘pro-choice’ Catholic who has held public office since.”


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  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Jan. 02, 2015 4:45 PM ET USA

    God will judge Mr. Cuomo according to the Creator's mercy. I will adopt the pope's position on this -- who am I to judge Mario Cuomo? I will say emphatically that a person cannot at once be a good Catholic and a supporter of abortion. Abortion isn't about a natural right (meaning ordained from birth, God-given). It's about the killing of an unborn baby. People who hide this fact by calling abortion a "right" or "woman's right to choose" do so at their peril.