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Vatican adviser: Cuomo should be denied Communion for supporting gay marriage

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A theology professor in Detroit and senior adviser to the Vatican has blasted New York’s Catholic governor, Andrew Cuomo, for supporting marriage equality, and suggested that Cuomo be punished by being denied Holy Communion.

Edward Peters


Professor Edward Peters of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, a consultant to the Vatican’s highest court, hopes that punishing Cuomo would “serve as an example” to other Catholic politicians and clergy across the U.S. who might be considering same-sex marriage in light of New York’s approval on Friday.

“I see no way, absent a public reversal of his public conduct, that Andrew Cuomo may present himself for holy Communion,” Peters wrote Sunday on his blog. And, “I see no way that a minister of holy Communion may administer the sacrament to him.” [...]

He said New York bishops should make clear publicly that Cuomo can’t receive Communion because of the “danger of scandal presented to the faithful.”

Peters said Cuomo’s support of the bill — passed in the state legislature and signed by the Governor within hours of the vote — was, a “brazen” violation of Catholicism, and that Cuomo was a “danger” to faithful Catholics.

Holy Communion is a Sacrament that symbolizes the taking of the body and blood of Christ, and usually offered during a Catholic mass.

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47 more reader comments:

  1. Oh for God sake!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:01pm
  2. BOOOOOO!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:03pm
  3. “We’re bitter.”
    That’s what that translates to.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:03pm
  4. AAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:03pm
  5. Wow, that will show him. Big whoop!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:03pm
  6. Give me a damn break!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:04pm
  7. with all the religions in the world today to chose from, if i was Cuomo, i’d tell them to shove their wafer up their ass! u don’t need the catholic church and their ritual(s) to believe in or be loved by God.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:05pm
  8. how childish

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:06pm
  9. So Governor Cuomo should be denied Communion because he supports Equality? But child molesters are still allowed to administer AND receive it. Priorities Professor, priorities.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:07pm
  10. Yeah pedophiles are welcome but not people who support consenting adults joining in marriage!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:07pm
  11. Cuomo is a man who happens to be a Christian and is doing what he feels is right – would they have denied Dr. MLK communion for his stance on civil rights were he a Catholic? Sheesh – talk about hypocrisy!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:09pm
  12. Brian, Kimberly, and others: well said.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:10pm
  13. thought jesus said “all are welcome.” last time i checked jesus > theologan from detriot

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:10pm
  14. catholic officials are some of the most hateful people ever!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:12pm
  15. Edward Peters. A man that should have become a monk. Therefore, society wouldn’t even know he existed.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:12pm
  16. When are people going to get over the fact that this is NOT an issue for religions to even address. It’s about LAW – Equal rights for all people regardless of age, race or religion!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:14pm
  17. The Pope and many of the Cardinals and Bishops should be arrested for the clergy-sex abuse coverups, so maybe they shouldn’t be so stingy with government officials taking communion.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:15pm
  18. Am wondering why we even respond to these dinosaurs who are obviously on their way to fossilhood drowning in their own shit?!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:15pm
  19. The religious folk are all up in knots.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:16pm
  20. …Okay.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:16pm
  21. And they should be denied into “heaven” for not loving thy neighbor

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:19pm
  22. Human Rights > Religion. Period. Catholic husband…supports equality. Catholic friends…support equality. The holy rollers keep forgetting to read their rule book…Genesis 1:27…So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Even God is happy with who we are…

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:21pm
  23. Why does anyone even listen to the Vatican anymore? The Pope was in the Hitler Youth.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:21pm
  24. You are either with us or against us, blah, blah, blah. Keep your wafer and your hate. :P

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:23pm
  25. “Y’all should love each other under God and stuff. WHAT??!!?? SOMEONE’S BEING A GOOD PERSON!?!? BLASPHEME!!!!”

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:23pm
  26. Another man made law?? Pulleeze!! UGH!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 8:33am
  27. Seriously? Separation of Church and State is in place for a reason, sir! Give it up already

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 8:34am
  28. who’s doin’ the hatin’ now?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 8:35am
  29. Holy Canolli, how will that affect ANYONE, including him!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 8:38am
  30. Hmmm, and maybe Catholic churches should be denied their tax-free status by Cuomo for promoting intolerance and hatred… Just a thought.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 8:39am
  31. Screw Catholic hate. If Cuomo wants communion, he should go to an LGBT-friendly Episcopal church!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 8:41am
  32. There ya go! THAT’S the Catholicism we all know and love! Get mad and try to deny someone a place at God’s table for letting others have a seat at your own. Jesus, save me from your followers!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 8:44am
  33. but according this ‘genius’ a democrat governor should be first a catholic and then a governor? Maybe in theocracy; is anacronistic and ridicolous

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 8:47am
  34. why don’t you go and excommunicate him while you’re at at…(sarcasm)

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 9:00am
  35. maybe this idiot should remember the separation of church and state, which means in his political views, his personal religious feelings can’t be considered.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 9:00am
  36. I can’t wait for the day when religion becomes obsolete. If it ever does…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 9:01am
  37. Did the Vatican do the sames thing when politicians voted for divorce? Why this big deal over gays?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 9:07am
  38. ALL RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD LOSE THEIR TAX-FREE STATUS!!!!! AND GET RID OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE AS WELL!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 9:07am
  39. The Vatican can suck it! They are not even relevant anymore. I mean who would respect a bunch of pedophiles who protect each other while denying accusations and continue to diddle lil boys! They should be excomunicate it themselves. yUcK!! I guess the gays are the new jews!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 9:14am
  40. No wonder a good bit of my friends are “recovering Catholics.”

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 9:33am
  41. J Ariel Hoffman, I don’t know what you mean by the “new jews” sounds hateful to me!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 9:49am
  42. The vatican was very anti-semitic, now they are sort of toning it down. I think now they only pick on LGBTQ people and condemn anything that benefits that community. If they could they would burn us at the stake, like the inquisicion did, to erase the problem. capisce? comprendes?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 10:32am
  43. I think I am going to vomit. Trust me, not all Catholics are this sick and twisted. I was raised Roman Catholic, but I was also raised to believe that it doesn’t matter who you love, as long as you’re not hurting anyone. No, I think I AM going to vomit. Excuse me.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 2:19pm
  44. Little do most Catholics realize where there money goes once it’s in that collection plate. It’s hardly to promote equality.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 4:11pm
  45. LMAO!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 7:18pm
  46. Frank… ALL religions are money mongers; J Ariel, until fairly recently ALL Xtian religions hated the Jews… now some Xtrians relate with Jews and Gays while others continue their HATE Campaigns! Live and let live is my motto. But I don’t turn my cheek when I’m slapped by a “religious” high and mighty!

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11:31am
  47. Everybody chill out for a minute. This is one guy who does not represent the Pope, Church, or any Catholic besides himself. If the Vatican or even a Bishop has condemned Cuomo, then please show me where and we can have a different conversation. The Church is a big thing. It doesn’t move fast, and it can’t make major decisions on doctrine without lengthy discernment. I understand your sentiment, and I too hope the Church changes its stance, but until then please exercise the same love and charity that many of you are asking the Church to have.

    As a side note, the last bit of the article is incorrect. Catholics believe that the sacrament of communion IS consuming the body and blood of Jesus Christ, not a symbol for doing so. Also, it is ALWAYS offered during the Catholic mass.

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 10:58am