So what do you know about self-professed "Catholic" Tim Kaine, Vice Presidential candidate for the Democrats?
1) He was taught by Jesuits.
2) Kaine says he separates the personal from the political.
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.”
3) He favors allowing women to be priests.
4) He is a fan of Pope Francis' "Laudato Si".
5) He speaks openly about "his" faith.
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, July 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic bishop has criticized Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine for touting his self-proclaimed Catholic faith while publicly supporting abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and same-sex adoptions.
“Democratic VP choice, Tim Kaine, has been widely identified as a Roman Catholic,” Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island wrote on Facebook. “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; all of them have been opposed by Pope Francis as well.”
“Senator Kaine has said, ‘My faith is central to everything I do,’” Tobin continued. “But apparently, and unfortunately, his faith isn’t central to his public, political life.”
Kaine has described himself as a “traditional” Catholic who believes the Church’s teaching that abortion is morally wrong, but one who believes “the right rule for government is to let women make their own decisions.”
“We don’t need to make people’s reproductive decisions for them,” he has said.
“I take Canon 915 seriously. It'd be embarrassing for you & for me,” tweeted Dominican Father Thomas Petri, the vice president and academic dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies.
Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law instructs that those “persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”