Deny communion to Cuomo, says canon lawyer

Detroit canon lawyer Edward N. Peters has called for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to be denied holy communion because he lives with his girlfriend without being married to her.

Peters, a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, who last year was named by Pope Benedict as a consultant to the Apostolic Signatura, called the governor’s living situation “public concubinage” in his blog on Jan. 4, the New York Times reports.

He added in a recent interview that Mr. Cuomo, who is Catholic, must refrain from taking communion under canon law.

“The governor, with complete freedom, is publicly acting in violation of a fundamental moral expectation of the church,” Dr. Peters wrote in response to written questions from Cybercast News Service, a conservative Web site, which published his remarks Monday.

“His taking holy communion,” Dr. Peters wrote, “is objectively sacrilegious.”

A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, Josh Vlasto, declined to comment.


A Call to Deny Communion to Cuomo (New York Times)