Father Jonathan Morris was extremely passionate on "America's Newsroom" Tuesday as he decried New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's "horrific" new abortion bill.

After Cuomo signed into law the "Reproductive Health Act" -- which legalizes abortion up until the point of birth if the life or health of the mother is deemed at risk or the baby is not viable -- some Catholic leaders called for him to be excommunicated from the church.

Cuomo went on this week to criticize the church for resisting the Child Victims Act, which extends the statute of limitations for reporting sex abuse and for filing lawsuits.

"The abuse of minors is an offense so brutal the church cannot remain indifferent to this -- and the church must punish such priests," Cuomo said.

Morris, a Fox News contributor, said he agrees with Cuomo that covering up the sexual abuse of children is "disgusting," but he argued that the governor is using that to portray himself as "morally correct" when he just passed a "horrible" late-term abortion bill.


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Morris lamented that the right to "kill a baby" even in the final stages of a mother's pregnancy is now enshrined in New York state law. 

As for calls to excommunicate Cuomo from the church, Morris said that's a "possibility," but he believes Cuomo might actually wear an excommunication as a "badge of honor."

Host Bill Hemmer noted that advocates of the legislation say it will protect abortion rights in New York in case the conservative-leaning Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

Morris argued there are other "ghoulish" things in the bill, including that a doctor doesn't have to be present for an abortion and if a child survives an abortion, the abortion provider has no responsibility to resuscitate them.

"I find it horrific and do hope that Andrew Cuomo would be blessed to come back to the church," Morris said. "For some reason, he still calls himself a Catholic. I would say, come back or just say you're not a Catholic. Be honest."

Watch the emotional segment above, and see Cardinal Timothy Dolan's reaction to the abortion legislation below.


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