There was a time when Catholics in the Democratic Party would at least try to show the public how tormented they were with this inner struggle between allowing the evil practice of abortion but feeling unable to “impose” a personal religious view.
This is a false dilemma of course. One doesn’t even have to be religious to recognize that the victim of an abortion is a member of the species homo sapiens with a totally unique DNA. To allow her to die is the most unjust of laws.
Back in 1984, New York Gov. Mario Cuomo was trying to convince Catholics to support Democrat Walter Mondale for President. He came to Notre Dame (naturally!) to talk about abortion as if it were a personal and private vice that he as a Catholic rejected because it’s not so good.
As Catholics, my wife and I were enjoined never to use abortion to destroy the life we created, and we never have. We thought Church doctrine was clear on this, and – more than that – both of us felt it in full agreement with what our hearts and our consciences told us…. But not everyone in our society agrees with me and Matilda.
Of course, abortion isn’t a so-called “private” sin. It is a very public act where one member of the community is snuffed out by an abortionist at the request of the mother.
But at least Mario Cuomo felt guilty enough (or wanted the voters to think that) that he employed over 7500 words to try and justify his opposition to laws that would protect unborn children.
Now his son, Andrew Cuomo, is running for governor of New York. Does Andrew have the same public struggle?
Not even close. Check out Andrew Cuomo’s shameful campaign ad.
I’m not suggested that Catholics must join the Republican Party. But when are Catholics going to give up on the Democratic Party, especially in states like New York? Start a third party or something. (In New York, third parties have more power because of electoral fusion which allows minor parties to support a major party candidate on their own party line. The votes are pooled and everyone know how much each party’s line contributed to the victory.)
Am I too tough on the Democratic Party of New York? Am I wrong to say they are past the point of reform?