View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Another Andrew Cuomo Red Flag

I've already voiced concerns about Andrew Cuomo and his positions on some issues - such as abortion - that are at variance with the teachings of the Catholic Church to which he is described as belonging.

This morning, I discovered another issue.

At length, an essentially upbeat AP news story printed in our local daily described how the divorced Catholic Cuomo is living with his girlfriend, with his three teenage daughters joining them. The story contained questions about protocol, whether Cuomo and his girlfriend would move into the executive mansion together, and a listing of some other politicians in similar relationships. There was no discussion of morality, no questions posed to religious leaders, etc. It was all so matter-of-fact.

If Cuomo were not a public figure, his private life would be his business (though, spiritually, it does affect all of us, and certainly his daughters). And God knows, we have all sinned. But most of us keep our sins to ourselves. We have a sense of shame about it (even if we don't admit the shame openly).

He has chosen to be a public figure, however, and to publicly flaunt morality and the teachings of his Church.

Let's be blunt here: What they are doing is a grave sin. At the least is it fornication. If he did not get an annulment, it is adultery.

As a public figure, he is setting a terrible example for his daughters, the people of this state - and for the nation.

And if he fails to follow clear moral rules of his Church, how can we be certain his behaviour in office will follow the rules?


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