The following comes from a July 26 LifeSiteNews article by Claire Chretien:
Pro-abortion Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine received a standing ovation at his parish on Sunday and several Catholic priests praised his nomination.
Meanwhile, as Catholics call for Kaine to be denied Communion in accord with the Church’s laws, his bishop in the Diocese of Richmond has issued a statement saying that Catholics have a duty to determine their own worthiness “through an upright and informed conscience.”
Kaine and his wife were “like every other married couple going to church on a Sunday morning — if every other couple were met by reporters, people craning for a better look and a picture, and a standing ovation,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Kaine and his wife went to Mass at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Highland Park, Virginia, a parish in the Diocese of Richmond. Kaine reportedly sang in the choir and performed a solo.
“He’s in the choir, and he’s a tenor. He hasn’t been able to sing as much since he’s been a United States senator,” Father Jim Arsenault, the priest at St. Elizabeth, told NPR. “But every once in a while, our choir director Kim Ford will nab him and say, Tim, we need your voice. And he is very grateful to help out.”
Arsenault told NPR that he thought the issues most important to Kaine were women’s pay and “social justice issues.” He said that he could reconcile Kaine’s label of himself as “personally pro-life”.
“I know that he’s definitely against capital punishment and works to help defend those who are on death row,” said Arsenault. “The church has a teaching with regard to we’re pro-life, and we believe in that seamless garment of life. We respect sometimes lawmakers make difficult decisions.”
The Jesuit high school from which Kaine graduated, Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri, tweeted their congratulations. The tweet described Kaine as a “true believer in service and a ‘man for others,’” a reference to the school’s motto.
Jesuit Father James Martin, the editor of America magazine, was also quick to congratulate the pro-abortion senator in a tweet: “Congratulations to #TimKaine, a graduate of a Jesuit high school (@RockhurstHS) and a former Jesuit Volunteer (FJV) in Honduras”.
Planned Parenthood celebrated Kaine as a man who has “dedicated his life to serving others.” He has a 100% rating from the group, which is America’s largest abortion vendor.
Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin says Tim Kaine’s voting record belies his claims of being a faithful Catholic
The following comes from a July 25 Providence Journal article:
Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin said Monday the senator’s stands on the issues don’t match his church’s teachings.
The bishop noted on his Facebook page that though Kaine, a Virginia senator, describes himself as a Catholic, “it is also reported that he publicly supports ‘freedom of choice’ for abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions, and the ordination of women as priests.”
“All of these positions are clearly contrary to well-established Catholic teachings,” he said, “all of them have been opposed by Pope Francis as well.”
“Senator Kaine has said, ‘My faith is central to everything I do,’ ” the bishop added, “but apparently, and unfortunately, his faith isn’t central to his public, political life.”