Quoting former Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey, Dolan said that abortion is not about "right versus left, but right versus wrong." Dolan said "I didn't get my pro-life belief from my religion class in a Catholic school, but from my biology and U.S. Constitution classes."
In a Feb. 6 New York Times opinion essay, Cuomo, who is Catholic, said his decisions in his life are "based on my personal moral and religious beliefs," but his oath of office is "to the Constitutions of the United States and of the State of New York--not to the Catholic Church." My religion cannot demand favoritism as I execute my public duties."
The New York Senate passed the bill by a vote of 38 to 24.
CNA sought comment from Msgr. Camp and the Diocese of Rockville Centre but did not receive a response by press time.
The Huntington-based Ancient Order of Hibernians division's website says it has organized the city's St. Patrick's Day parade since 1930, and claims it is the "oldest and largest" such parade on Long Island.
Ancient Order of Hibernians national vice president Danny O'Connell declined detailed comment, telling CNA that discussions about business and membership are an internal matter. He clarified that St. Patrick's Day Parades are separate entities from the organization itself.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America dates back to 1836. It has tens of thousands of members nationwide. Full membership is limited to practicing Catholic men of Irish birth, ancestry or adoption, or to Catholic clergy and seminarians regardless of ancestry. The organization also has an associate membership and allows social privileges for such members not qualified for full membership.
The order's three main principles are Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. According to the 2016 edition of its national constitution, its purposes include to promote peace and unity for all Ireland and Irish independence; Irish heritage, culture and history; civic participation; equitable U.S. immigration law for Ireland; religious freedom; and "to protect and defend all life, born and unborn."
The organization added the pro-life plank to its purpose in the 1970s after the U.S. Supreme Court mandated legal abortion nationwide in decisions such as Roe v. Wade.
The group's constitution pledges "to work in harmony with the doctrines and laws of the Roman Catholic Church," and also bars support for or opposition to "any political party or candidate" in the name of the order.
In the wake of the passage of the new abortion law, the New York State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians recently reaffirmed its pro-life plank, saying "All life is precious from conception to natural death."
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"We pray, civilly protest and express this stance in our actions month after month, year after year and in support of Church teachings," the state board said on its website Feb. 2. "We have never wavered or succumbed to political or socially accepted attitudes of the times."
"Even when a culture of death seems to be accepted by many, we show love, and support Life in all stages," it added. "Let it be known that, our position on abortion (and all respect life issues) does not change or evolve…. The latest bill signed in New York does not change the stance we take on the subject. It never will."
Kevin J. Jones is a senior staff writer with Catholic News Agency. He was a recipient of a 2014 Catholic Relief Services' Egan Journalism Fellowship.