In the recent political era, we have seen the normalization of Catholic politicians (typically Democrat) embrace policies that violently crash against the stubborn, rocky shores of Natural Law as proclaimed by the Church they are part of. It seems especially common since the self-proclaimed Catholic John Kerry ran for president in 2004. This led to Cardinal Burke (then the archbishop of St. Louis) issuing a public statement forbidding the pro-abortion senator from receiving Communion while in the area. Quick examples of politicians who claim to be faithful Catholics while at the same time pushing for legislation contrary the faith they are quick to remind people about might be Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Martin O’Malley…and Tim Kaine.
Tim Kaine is the current senator and former governor of Virginia. He’s also Hillary Clinton’s newly minted running mate. As the Internet flooded with articles about Senator Kaine following the breaking news, one is worth commenting on here–not only because of the content but also the source. The National
Schismatic Catholic Reporter rushed out an article about the junior senator called 5 faith facts about Dem. VP pick Tim Kaine, a Jesuit-educated Catholic. It’s fun to read how he reconciles his actions with his faith…equally funny is it that NCR seemingly gobbles it up and would even write a piece attempting to tout his “faith”. Here’s the TSP Cliffs Notes:
1. He was taught by Jesuits.
Kaine was raised Catholic in Missouri. His parents were so devout, Kaine told C-SPAN, that “if we got back from a vacation on a Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., they would know the one church in Kansas City that had an 8 p.m. Mass that we can make.”
So is the leadoff point supposed to prove he’s Catholic or is it attempting to foreshadow the incredibly twisted view of Catholicism the article soon reveals. I also love how a supposedly Catholic writer describes people who go to a Sunday obligation Mass at a slightly inconvenient time as being “so devout“. Shall we start his parents’ canonization process, or… (forgive the snark).
2. Kaine says he separates the personal from the political.
This has become a popular mantra among America’s liberal politicians as it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be elected as a democrat that actually lives and advocates policy that is in line with classic Christian philosophy.
Kaine is personally against abortion and the death penalty and has sometimes spoken against same-sex marriage and gay adoption, all of which aligns with Catholic teaching. But he has taken different stances in his political life. He has upheld Roe v. Wade and told Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press”: “I have taken the position, which is quite common among Catholics — I have got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right rule for government is to let women make their own decisions.”
This argument is so hilarious if properly understood–obviously he does not see the unborn baby as an innocent third party, otherwise it would be like saying “well, I’m personally against homicide, but I think the government should leave it to the person to decide. Or I’m personally against child trafficking, but the government should stay out of peoples’ lives.
As Virginia’s governor, he oversaw 11 state executions. “I have a moral position against the death penalty,” he said in 2012. “But I took an oath of office to uphold it. Following an oath of office is also a moral obligation.”
This is lame. A Catholic opposed to the death penalty in his position could have pushed to change the law or even pardon death row inmates as Gov. Ryan of Illinois did in 2003. He doesn’t care about this. If you care about something you do something.
3. He favors allowing women to become priests.
Well of course. Maybe he should just be a Methodist like Hillary.
4. Kaine is a fan of Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si’.”
Not all Catholics thought the pontiff should write an encyclical on a secular issue such as global warming, but Kaine agrees with Francis’ framing of the issue as one of faith.
Too bad he keeps the personal separate from political though, right?
5. Kaine speaks openly about his faith.
In a recent C-SPAN interview he said: “I do what I do for spiritual reasons. I’m always thinking about the momentary reality but also how it connects with bigger matters of what’s important in life.”
Um, what exactly does he do for spiritual reasons?
Despite the cynicism and humor of this post, we must remember that the senator, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and our country still need our prayers flooding heaven.