Some Catholic leaders are ripping Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law a bill last week that will expand abortion rights in New York, with some suggesting the governor should be excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
Cuomo, a Roman Catholic and former altar boy, was unmoved by the criticism, saying Monday that he and his late father, the former Gov. Mario Cuomo, were often at odds with the church.
“The Catholic Church does not believe in a woman’s right to choose. Yes, I understand their religious view,” Cuomo said on WAMC, a public radio station in Albany.
“I understand their religious view when it comes to marriage equality. But I’m not here to legislate religion.”