Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Excommunication breakdown: Why Catholics can’t agree about Cuomo

Without a doubt, the most evocative moment in Catholic cinema is the excommunication scene from Becket. Richard Burton, playing Thomas Becket, pronounces the delinquent Bishop of London anathema, culminating in these horrible words: “We declare him excommunicate and anathema. We cast him into the outer darkness.” Admittedly, the film omits the full formula of excommunication, which holds out hope for the subject’s repentance. But it remains an unforgettable reminder of the real authority which Holy Mother Church has over her children.

Christ charged His Apostles: “Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”. Their successor, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, is now facing calls to “loose” Empire State governor Mario Cuomo. On January 22 (the 46th anniversary of Roe v Wade) Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act, which removed virtually all restrictions to abortion in that state. And not only did he offer his consent to the bill: he ordered the World Trade Center be lit up pink in celebration. Unsurprisingly, the hashtag #ExcommunicateCuomo erupted on Catholic Twitter.

[Read more at the Catholic Herald]

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