The Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger,
Bishop of Albany
I was encouraged to read your letter to Governor Cuomo about the bill working it’s way through the N.Y. state legislature that would codify abortion and expand the ways and times to kill the unborn in ways not seen in other states. As you mentioned, NY has an abortion rate already twice that of other states, and this new law will only increase this already terrible statistic. That Andrew Cuomo publicly declares himself a Catholic, and also makes attempts to square his extremist position on abortion with his Catholic faith, is offensive to all Catholics in New York, and the rest of the nation, who believe what the Church teaches, that all life is sacred and worthy of protection.
Governor Cuomo’s actions have endanger the lives of countless children who can now be killed even after surviving an attempted abortion, and has also endangered his own soul.
Because he refused to reconsider after your public letter of rebuke, it is the opinion of Catholics across this nation that Gov Andrew Cuomo be excommunicated from the Catholic Church, not as a punishment but as a call for his repentance and conversion. Just as Saint Ambrose made Emperor Theodosius perform public penance outside the Cathedral in Milan to atone for his crimes against humanity, we call on you to inform Governor Cuomo that his actions have separated himself from the Body of Christ and placed him in the camp of the forces of death and allied him with Satan. To allow him to still approach a minister and receive communion in a state of rebellion against the teachings of the Church only adds more damage to the state of his soul, is an occasion of scandal for the faithful and will damage their belief in those same teachings.
Yours faithfully in Christ,