A consultant for the Vatican’s high court said he believes New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should not receive Communion because he is living in sin with his girlfriend.
Edward Peters, who’s also a conservative Catholic blogger and seminary professor in Detroit, called Cuomo's living arrangement with Food Network host Sandra Lee “public concubinage” and said that Cuomo taking Communion is sacrilegious.
However, Catholic bishops and priests in churches where Cuomo has worshipped apparently don’t agree -- they've been giving him Communion for years.
“There are norms of the church governing the sacraments which Catholics are expected to observe,” said Albany Diocese Bishop Howard J. Hubbard. “However, it is unfair and imprudent to make a pastoral judgment about a particular situation without knowing all the facts. As a matter of pastoral practice, we should not comment publicly on anything which should be addressed privately, regardless if the person is a public figure or a private citizen.“
The Catholic bishops of New York said priests and bishops decide who receives Communion and that Peters speaks for himself.
As for Cuomo, who also runs afoul of Church policies by being divorced and supporting abortion, he said on Wednesday, “My religion is a private matter, and that is not something I discuss in the political arena.”