Although Cardinal Timothy Dolan, head of the Archdiocese of New York, claims it would be counterproductive to excommunicate N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for signing an aboriton law that effectively allows infanticide, evangelical leader Franklin Graham called on Dolan to take a "moral stand" against evil and excommunicate Cuomo.
"[I]f the church loses their moral voice, then what's the use?" said Rev. Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. We must take a stand "for right over wrong, good over evil," said Graham.
On Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Gov. Cuomo, a Catholic, signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. The legislation expands abortion in the state and even allows for babies to be killed by abortion at the day of their birth. In addition, if a baby survives an abortion, he can be left to die on a table -- doctors or paramedics do not have to be summoned. Also, nurses and physician assistants may perform abortions.
Despite calls from many Catholics in New York and nationwide for Cuomo to be formally excommunicated, Cardinal Dolan refuses, arguing it would be counterproductive and useless because the governor is a liberal who rejects several Catholic teachings. "What would be the use?" claims Dolan.
In a Jan. 29 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, "There have been discussions within the Catholic Church as to whether New York Governor Cuomo should be excommunicated from the church for signing the state’s new abortion bill. What the governor signed into law allows for the murder of unborn children up until the day of their birth."
"Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York told Fox News on Monday that the governor is 'not going to be moved by this, so what’s the use?'" said Graham.
He continued, "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."
"My question would be—if the church loses their moral voice, then what’s the use?" said Rev. Graham. "It’s about standing for right over wrong, good over evil."
On Tuesday, apparently frustrated with demands from the laity that something publicly be done about Cuomo, Cardinal Dolan fired back, "You do something! Okay? I don’t have much clout--some fat, balding, Irish bishop."
"Don’t yell at me!" said Dolan. "Look at yourselves!"