of the one-million plus abortions performed annually.
Cuomo’s speech has a few defenders among progressive Catholics. But for orthodox Catholics, Cuomo forfeited his moral credibility after he spoke at Notre Dame. They noted Cuomo failed to explain why he did not pursue a similar rationale to his position on the death penalty or support for the poor.
Cuomo died Thursday at the age of 82. In the end, the man who once served as a shining example of a white-ethnic Catholic politician is known for a speech which even some progressive supporters feel smacked of political ambition andnot Catholic social thought.
Mark Stricherzcovers Washington for Aleteia. He is author of Why the Democrats are Blue.