Cuomo Shrugs Off Calls For Excommunication From Church Over Abortion Law

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Many Catholics, including high-ranking ones, want Gov. Cuomo to be excommunicated after he passed a "historic" abortion rights bill. The bill moves abortion from the state criminal statute to the health code, allows for abortions up until the point of birth if the health of the mother is at risk or the baby is deemed not viable, and allows non-doctors to perform abortions.

Cuomo said previously that he stood with Pope Francis on the passing of the bill, insinuating that doing so meant that he stood against the state's bishops. "The kind of procedures that are now available in NY state, we wouldn't even do to a dog or a cat.It's torture".

A new report from Newsbusters summarizes how the mainstream press has been silent on New York's new abortion law which has been widely attack by the Catholic Church and pro-life groups.

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Bishop Rick Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee called for Cuomo's excommunication on Twitter. It says an excommunicated person is forbidden to participate in a ministerial capacity (celebrant, lector, etc.) in the Sacrifice of the Mass or in any other form of public worship; to celebrate or to receive the sacraments; to celebrate the sacramentals; to exercise any ecclesiastical office or ministry; and to issue any act of governance (#1331.1).

Last week, New York's state Senate voted 38-24 and the state Assembly 92-47 in favor of the so-called "Reproductive Health Act".

New York-based Cardinal Timothy Dolan has called it a "ghoulish radical abortion-expansion law, which allows for an abortion right up to the moment of birth".

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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.

"With the signing of this bill, we are sending a clear message that whatever happens in Washington, women in NY will always have the fundamental right to control their own body", he said last week. But Dolan, while admitting that he has gotten "wheelbarrows" of letters asking him to make that move, has indicated he is unlikely to do so, saying the governor is "not going to be moved by this, so what's the use?"

"I think the bishops have worked to protect the church over doing justice", Cuomo said on WAMC radio, according to Catholic News Agency.

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