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Cuomo, Communion and the Diocese of Rochester

February 23rd, 2011, Promulgated by Mike

From (my emphasis) …

Detroit, M.I. – A Vatican consultant said Roman Catholic Governor Andrew Cuomo should be banned from receiving Holy Communion, because he’s living in sin.

When Cuomo is not staying at the Governor’s Mansion in Albany, he lives with his girlfriend, Food Network personality Sandra Lee in a Westchester home.

Dr. Edward Peters, who is a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, serves as a consultant to the Vatican court. He argued Cuomo should be denied communion.

“The governor, with complete freedom, is publicly acting in violation of a fundamental moral expectation of the church,” Peters said.

The Diocese of Rochester released this statement in response to the communion controversy:

“There are norms of the church governing the sacraments which Catholics are expected to observe. However, it is unfair and imprudent to make a pastoral judgment about a particular situation without knowing all the facts. As a matter of pastoral practice we would not comment publicly on anything which should be addressed privately, regardless if the person is a public figure or a private citizen.”

Cuomo’s press office has not commented on the situation.

In contrast with DOR’s statement, Canon Law (#915) states,

Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to holy communion.

DOR seems to be saying there’s always a chance that Como and Lee are not persisting in manifest grave sin but are merely living together as brother and sister.


H/T: Cindy



3 Responses to “Cuomo, Communion and the Diocese of Rochester”

  1. Maureen says:

    I no longer feel any connection with this bishop. I will pray for him, as I am directed to do by the Magisterial teachings of the Church. But in my opinion, Matthew Clark himself is no longer Roman Catholic.

  2. Cindy says:

    I’m with you on that one Maureen.

  3. Jim says:

    Jim M. here: Since Bishop Clark is a good friend of Albany’s Bishop Hubbard, there is no way that he ( and the DoR) would go against anything that the Albany Diocese would promulgate.

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