Government, Religion

Cuomo Denounces the Death Penalty

Governor Andrew Cuomo (c) AP Images Richard Drew 2018

Audio Transcript: Cuomo Death Penalty

By Ramon Hernandez SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News/AP) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will be advancing legislation to keep the death penalty out of New York, Monday. The move came just hours after Pope Francis denounced capital punishment in the Vatican City.

Early Monday morning, Pope Francis addressed the Vatican saying that the Catholic Church would be changing its policy on the death penalty.

“What happens today is the catechism of the Catholic Church changes on the death penalty,” said Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke. “If it had been justified in very limited cases, the word being used now is: inadmissible.”

Governor Cuomo, in a stance consistent with the Pope’s, said that the death penalty is “morally indefensible” and “has no place in the 21st century.”

“By declaring the death penalty inadmissible in all cases and working to end the practice globally, Pope Francis is ushering in a more righteous world for us all,” Governor Cuomo said.

The governor said his fight against the death penalty is in honor of his father and former governor, Mario Cuomo, who spent years keeping the practice out of the state.

“As Governor, Mario Cuomo vetoed legislation reinstating the death penalty 12 times in 12 years,” he said, “He did this because he believed the death penalty was wrong and he had the courage to stand firm in his beliefs — so much so that he was willing to lose his office rather than capitulate. Pop was right then, and he is right now.”

Governor Cuomo hopes to honor his father legacy by continuing the fight against the death penalty.