Franklin Graham to Catholics: Excommunicate Cuomo

‘If the church loses their moral voice, then what’s the use?’

Evangelist Franklin Graham is urging Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York to take a stand against abortion by excommunicating Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Others already have called on Dolan, the archbishop of New York, to excommunicate Cuomo, a Catholic, because of his signature on an abortion law that allows the killing of unborn infants until the moment they are born.

On Facebook, Graham noted Dolan told Fox News on Monday that Cuomo is “not going to be moved by this, so what’s the use?”

“I call on my friend Cardinal Dolan to take a moral stand. Whether it moves the governor’s calloused heart or not, it will have a great impact on not only the church in New York, but on the church worldwide,” wrote Graham, the CEO of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Samaritan’s Purse relief and development organization.

“My question would be – if the church loses their moral voice, then what’s the use? It’s about standing for right over wrong, good over evil.”

CBS New York reported Dolan has criticized Cuomo for his actions but said he doesn’t want the conflict to continue.

The governor has shrugged off the criticism from Dolan and calls from other Catholic leaders for his excommunication.

WCBS reported Cuomo contends he’s required to separate his religious views from his work as governor.

“I don’t govern as a Catholic,” he said.

Among those calling for church action against Cuomo was Knoxville Bishop Rick Stika.

“Excommunication is to be not a punishment but to bring the person back into the church,” he said. “It’s like medicine for them. But this vote is so hideous and vile that it warrants the act.”

Dolan declined to discuss whether he would withhold communion from Cuomo.

WND reported when Catholic lay leaders demanded punishment for Cuomo.

The leaders condemned Cuomo’s support of the Reproductive Health Act, which was described as “barbarism” by Dr. James Dobson, founder of Family Talk and the James Dobson Family Institute.

The church leaders rejected Cuomo’s idea that the law is in any way “progress.”

“This is not progress. Progress will be achieved when our laws and our culture once again value and respect each unrepeatable gift of human life, from the first moment of creation to natural death,” the bishops said, according to Life Site News

“If we Catholics really believe what we say when we talk about heaven, hell, and the dignity of the unborn, @CardinalDolan should, after exhausting all other means of correction, excommunicate @andrewcuomo,” wrote Matthew Schmitz.

The bishops wrote, “We mourn the unborn infants who will lose their lives, and the many mothers and fathers who will suffer remorse and heartbreak.”

WND reported Dobson, a conservative Christian author, radio broadcaster and family counselor, called the law “pure barbarism on a scale rarely seen since the Middle Ages.”

The law allows abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, up to the very moment of birth, for almost any reason.

Dobson, who has written dozens of books, counseled multiple presidents and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2008, said: “It is not overstating the matter to say I am horrified by the New York State Senate’s vote to pass the euphemistic Reproductive Health Act (RHA). This bill is not about reproductive health at all. It is pure barbarism on a scale rarely seen since the Middle Ages.

“This legislation expands upon New York’s already liberal abortion laws, which allow for on demand abortion up until 24 weeks. The RHA’s main aim is to justify abortions throughout a pregnancy’s entire term based on the overly broad exceptions defined in Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton, including such subjective measures as a woman’s emotional and psychological wellbeing. Late term abortions had only previously been authorized in New York if done to save the life of the mother.”

He said New York already was considered the abortion capital of the nation, but this bill “also allows non-physicians to commit abortions, and decriminalizes abortion by moving it from the criminal code to the public-health code.”

“New York is symbolically doubling-down on the killing of the unborn on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, casting an even darker shadow on a date already shrouded in tragedy and the loss of innocent life,” he said.


CCI Editors Note: Whether or not Governor Cuomo is affected by excommunication, it is an important teaching moment for the Catholic faithful. The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is an intrinsic evil and an unspeakable crime. If some souls are lost because of this truth, so also, many souls will be saved by the Church in its most important role of teacher of the faith. It’s time for the bishops to fulfill their role to teach, govern and sanctify.