Gov. Cuomo recalls father’s differences with the Catholic church
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his late father’s relationship with the Catholic church was “complicated.”
Former Gov. Mario Cuomo’s son spoke at his father’s funeral Tuesday at a Catholic church in Manhattan.
Mario Cuomo’s support for abortion rights was condemned in the 1980s by New York Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor, who considered excommunicating the governor.
At Tuesday’s funeral, Andrew Cuomo recalled that his father “separated his personal views from his professional responsibilities” in a way that he believed was “consistent with laymen following Christ’s teachings.”
The Reverend Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, disagrees.
He says Mario Cuomo “added to the confusion that still persists today about the responsibilities of Catholics in public office.”
Pavone says officials should oppose abortion, not because of church teachings, but because it destroys innocent human life.