Tuesday’s New York Times carried an article quoting Cardinal Edward M Regan that Rudy Giuliani had “broken” an understanding that the Rudy and the Cardinal had. What could that possibly have been? The answer turns out that because Giuliani is on record as supporting a woman’s right to choice, Egan had said Giuliani could not receive communion any more (or supposedly face greater penalties). I wonder whether Egan has heard of the separation of church and State?
Cardinal Egan’s actions must be viewed as an invasion of the public sector in behalf of a “for profit” religion. Some estimates inidicate that at least 1/2 of America’s Catholic population support a woman’s right to choose. The estimate is much higher for the use of contraceptives which the Church also opposes. And lest we not forget, Giuliani is on this 3rd marriage and that seems to not raise the ire of the Church like denying a woman her rights.
At a time when the Catholic Church is trying to recover from the disgrace of child abuse, Cardinal Egan’s comments seem so out of place. Time is long over due for priests to marry, priests to be woman, and while it is perfectly ok for the Church to recommend against abortion, they should be accepting of those who responsible decide otherwise.