The Canonical Defender, Ed Peters, has another post about NY State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, aggressive promoter of contrary-to-nature unions. Cuomo is, he claims, catholic.
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Today’s episode has a surreal tinge to it. I am trying to get my head around the idea that Gov. Cuomo can have a picture of St. Thomas More in his office and nevertheless still do what he does, from open public concubinage to the promotion of contrary-to-nature sex to the insistence on receiving Holy Communion publicly. The dissonance of these elements calls to mind a Salvador Dali landscape, where clocks melt on the edges of tables.
Take it away Dr. Peters…. with my emphases and comments.
A note on Gov. Cuomo’s devotion to St. Thomas More
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, per this interview with Maureen Dowd, [The nutty Id of the Washington Beltway... and now Albany as well.] keeps a portrait of St. Thomas More (which had once belonged to his father Mario) in his Albany office. I am glad to hear it, for St. Thomas, I am sure, intercedes especially for Catholics in high political office. Any Catholic in political life today needs St. Thomas More’s prayers.
Cuomo, we read, has “shrugged off the shrill complaint [I read Dr. Peters' notes about Cuomo. Nothing shrill there. I think the "shrill" came from the speaker's own guilty conscience.] of Vatican adviser Edward Peters that he’s living in ‘public concubinage’ with his girlfriend in their Westchester home” adding that “[Peters] was a blogger, not from my state. [What difference does that make?] I didn’t want to give it too much credibility.’ [Right. Don't bother Cuomo with the facts.] As for whether Lee was hurt by the crude, archaic term, [Cuomo] conceded, ‘It was not a pleasant conversation for anyone.’”
No, I don’t imagine it was.
As a devotee of St. Thomas More, doubtless Cuomo has seen the great film, A Man for All Seasons (1966). It’s required viewing around here every June 22. I and some friends have most of the dialogue memorized. There is a famous exchange in Man for All Seasons between Sir Thomas More and his would-be son-in-law William Roper.
More plainly calls Roper a heretic.
“That’s not a word I like, Sir Thomas!” retorts Roper.
“It’s not a likeable word,” replies More, “It’s not a likeable thing.”
Seems to me, the same observation would apply to the dislikable word “concubinage”, no?
The real problem was then, and is now, not the correct use of an accurate word, but one’s participation in the identified activity. And the real solution is not to stop calling things by their names, but to correct the behavior. No?
WDTPRS KUDOS to Dr. Peters… Canonical Defender!
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So, Gov. Cuomo doesn’t like the word “concubinage”. It is “crude… archaic”. What he really doesn’t like is the meaning of the word. Words, however, do have meanings.
Except perhaps “marriage”.