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Cuomo Shrugs Off Catholic Criticism Over Abortion Law

January 29, 2019 - 6:45 pm
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is shrugging off criticism from Catholic leaders over his support of a new state abortion law.

Speaking on public radio Tuesday, Cuomo said he is duty bound to separate his religious views from his work as governor.

Catholic bishops in Knoxville, Tennessee and Tyler, Texas tweeted support for excluding Cuomo from his Catholic faith after the Democrat signed a bill last week codifying rights laid out in federal abortion rulings.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan's spokesman rejected those calls in a statement saying excommunication shouldn't be used as a weapon against politicians.

But Dolan blasted Cuomo in an op-ed published Tuesday in the New York Post, saying he has alienated Catholics with the abortion law and with comments criticizing the church's handling of sex abuse.