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Must an elected politician follow the teaching of the Catholic Church when voting.

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Must an elected politician follow the teaching of the Catholic Church when voting.

In 1984 New York Governor Mario Cuomo gave a speech at the University of Notre Dame. It was a speech from which those who disagree with teachings of their religious tradition on such matters as LGBT rights, contraception, the role of women, may take heart. He was speaking as an American politician at a time when some Catholic Bishops of America were saying that any Catholic politician who voted for laws which did not conform to Catholic Church teaching should not receive communion at Mass.
 
The hottest issue at that time was about abortion and although he was personally against abortion, he was pro-choice in public policy. In a free society any politician must remember that he does not just represent Catholics, but Jews and Muslims, atheists and Protestants, as well as Catholics.
 
He said " I protect my right to be a Catholic by preserving your right to believe as a Jew, a Protestant or non-believer, or as anything else you choose. We know that the price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that they might some day force theirs on us."
 
He believed in the importance of freedom of conscience for all. Does the church really practice that in reality?

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