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When will Catholic Church speak out against governor?

“If they are extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview on Jan. 17. He defined “extreme conservatism” as being “anti-gay” by opposing same-sex marriage rights, opposing abortion rights and favoring legalization of assault weapons.

In spite of his aide’s laughable attempt to walk it back, as they say, and soften the governor’s wrath, it was clear what he meant. Cuomo didn’t limit his condemnation to “conservative candidates.” He clearly said, “right to lifers” when announcing who he thinks has no place in this state.

So where are the New York bishops? How long has Cuomo thumbed his nose at the Catholic Church he claims to profess? What does he have to do (in addition to self ex-communication already done) to provoke the shepherds of the church to finally tell him and the other scandal-creating, pro-choice politicians they have no place in the Communion line, jeopardizing their spiritual well-being and confusing and scandalizing other worshipers? How long will it take?

Sarah Zilbauer

Grand Island