(Newsday) Andrew Cuomo: My religious practices ‘private’

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared his Catholic religious practices a "private" matter yesterday and parried questions about whether he will continue to take Holy Communion after a Vatican consultant called it "sacrilegious" for him to be living with his girlfriend.

"It's not something that I discuss in the political arena," Cuomo said at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue.

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Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Dannon wrote:

“I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man.”  ~Thomas Jefferson

February 25, 10:52 am | [comment link]
2. Dr. William Tighe wrote:

So when did Jefferson fess up to his “relationship” with Sally Hemmings?

February 25, 10:56 am | [comment link]
3. RandomJoe wrote:

Good quote, but an odd one considering the source and some recent DNA evidence…

People need to hear that there are standards of behavor and that there are rights and wrongs…

February 25, 11:20 am | [comment link]
4. Chris wrote:

because Jefferson may have sinned does not make the quote less valid.  It’s pretty clear he lives contrary to scripture and those pesky RCs are going to excuse it….

February 25, 3:14 pm | [comment link]
5. JustOneVoice wrote:

The quote is about what he did, or countenanced in PUBLIC LIFE was not inconsistent with his faith.  In other words, he did not believe that something was OK, if he did it as public official, instead of as an individual.  For example if he thought allowing X was inconsistent with his faith, he could not vote for X as a public official.  He did not say he never did, or countenanced any thing that was not inconsistent with his faith. 

He didn’t say his private religious views should be public. He said his public view should be consistent with his faith.

February 25, 5:40 pm | [comment link]
6. TACit wrote:

It’s likely true that there is more here than meets the eye, because the Cuomo-Kennedy marriage could have cemented a (Democrat) dynasty, because +Hubbard has been a controversial bishop and perhaps flies under the radar, and so on. 
Quoting from canonist Peters’ blog:  “The unwedded cohabitation (an act public by its nature) of sexually mature, non-familiarly related adults, gives seriously wrong example (i.e., scandal) to the community….......Moreover, in direct proportion to the prominence of the individuals involved (can we say, state governors and television celebrities?), the degree of scandal is widened, and if either or both cohabiting individuals are divorced from prior spouses, the scandal is multiplied. And we have not even touched on Cuomo’s canonical situation being further complicated by, say, his strong support for legalized abortion. What part of this analysis is so controversial?”  (my italics for emphasis)
isn’t it transparently obvious that both the Catholic politician and the diocesan bishop are in violation of straightforward Catholic practise?  But this has been the way for so long in Albany - at least 40 years, I would suggest - that it is remarkable and commendable that anyone representative of the Vatican is bringing attention to it.  Through the 1970s many NYS Catholics bought into (RINO) Gov. Rockefeller’s social programs including the earliest legalized abortion in the nation. Gov. Cuomo the First followed on the heels of those developments.

February 26, 6:12 am | [comment link]
7. The young fogey wrote:

Thanks to the First Amendment, which gave Catholics liberty in a culturally Protestant land, his religion or his not living up to it are none of my business. That said, you can decide not to vote for somebody who’s a hypocrite in his private life.


February 26, 10:42 am | [comment link]
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