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What canonical consequences might Andrew Cuomo face now?

June 27th, 2011, Promulgated by benanderson

From Ed Peters (ht Fr Z):
What canonical consequences might Andrew Cuomo face now?

In light of the foregoing, I see no way, absent a public reversal of his public conduct, that Andrew Cuomo may present himself for holy Communion (per Canon 916), and, if he does present himself, I see no way that a minister of holy Communion may administer the sacrament to him (per Canon 915). Indeed, the only question in my mind is whether the ordinaries of New York should lift from the shoulders of individual ministers the burden of reaching this decision, by making a determination to this effect themselves and, assuming they do reach this conclusion, whether they should announce it publicly or in a personal letter to Cuomo. (Personally, I think a public announcement more befits the markedly public character of Cuomo’s conduct and responds better to the danger of scandal presented to the faithful by his actions).



8 Responses to “What canonical consequences might Andrew Cuomo face now?”

  1. avatar annonymouse says:

    Canonist Ed Peters mustn’t be familiar with Bishop Hubbard. Howard prefers to deal with such matters privately (chirp chirp).

  2. avatar RochChaCha says:

    I do not expect Bishop Hubbard to deny the Governor communion, but it certainly should be done and done in public. I just don’t understand how politicians or people in general can so publicy dissent with Catholic teaching and publicly mislead Catholic’s and still get away with this. When will the local Catholic Church start leading?

  3. avatar annonymouse says:

    I don’t understand how Bishop Hubbard can disregard some very clear canons, but I expect he will.

  4. avatar militia says:

    Another candidate for excommunication (or at least being refused Communion by Bishop Clark) is Mark Hare, staff writer for the Democrat and Chronicle for his column
    in which he praises turn-coat sell-out Alesi, proclaims himself Catholic and then analogizes the Church’s teaching to Groucho Marx. Hello in Rome? Is anybody listening?

  5. avatar annonymouse says:

    13761- Oh, but Rome DID get involved, VERY involved, and forced Bishop Clark’s hand in his dealings with Corpus Christi’s various sacramental and liturgical abuses. Had Corpus Christi and now-ex-Father Callan been handled with some firmness early on, perhaps that situation mightn’t have gotten so out of control.

    Probably at this point they figure with only a year left, they can ride it out.

  6. avatar snowshoes says:

    One of the main vices here is cowardice. If WE were scarier than the Guv and Company, the powers that be would be hieing to our chorus. How do you deal with a coward? If salt loses its savor, what is it good for? If a bishop, or a Governor, loses his love for his children, how sad. Let’s continue to pray for their souls, perhaps if we are found worthy, we might suffer martyrdom for them and in union with the infinite merits of Our Lord Jesus, Crucified and Risen, they might be converted and saved. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church!

  7. avatar Louis E. says:

    Howard Hubbard is the last of the Paul VI ordinaries in the USA,and turns 75 on Halloween of ’13.
    His replacement may be named before Cuomo faces reelection a year after that.Will he be minded to take a stand?…or follow the dictum Archbishop Dolan has cited approvingly,”In the first year,change nothing but your socks”?

  8. avatar Scott W, says:

    or follow the dictum Archbishop Dolan has cited approvingly,”In the first year,change nothing but your socks”?

    I actually agree with that as a general principle with the caveat of your average diocese or parish. With one notorious for dissent? Absolutely not. In those cases bishops or priests should start cleaning house, handing out pink slips, and dumping fluffy programs immediately and let the remnant faithful know there is a new sheriff in town and things are going to be made right.

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