Roman Catholicism is NOT a cafeteria plan, and Catholics for Choice is a myth: The King Is Naked!
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia said in their 2016 vice presidential debate that their religion guides them on abortion — though they take opposite sides on the public issue. While Mr. Kaine personally opposes abortion, he said he and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton think the decision regarding a pregnancy should be left up to the mother and not the government. Mr. Pence, meanwhile, said he cannot comprehend Mrs. Clinton’s support for partial-birth abortion and that he also opposes taxpayer funding of abortion.
“It begins with cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of every human life,” Mr. Pence said.
Mr. Pence’s pro-life credentials have helped Mr. Trump gain voters who have questioned his flip-flops on the issue through the years, while Mr. Kaine warned that Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence want to reverse the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.
“’Before Roe v. Wade, states could punish women if they made the choice to abort a pregnancy,’ Mr. Kaine said. I think you should live your moral values, but the last thing governments should do is to have laws that would punish women who make reproductive choices.”
“Sen. Kaine has failed in his duty as a Catholic public servant to defend the preborn and Fr. Arsenault has failed in his duty as pastor to admonish Sen. Kaine and to instruct the rest of his congregation on the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding the sanctity of human life,” Virginia pro-life activist Maggie Egger told LifeSiteNews in an email. Kaine’s parish, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, gave him a standing ovation at Mass after he became Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
“I, along with a group of Catholics from various parishes around the Diocese of Richmond, went to St. Elizabeth’s yesterday to do what Sen. Kaine and Fr. Arsenault will not: defend our preborn brethren by exposing abortion as the decapitation and dismemberment of tiny human beings, instruct the parishioners of St. Elizabeth’s on the teachings of the Church, and inform them that Sen. Kaine publicly supports the decapitation and dismemberment of tiny human beings under the guise of being ‘personally pro-life,’” Egger said. Canon 915 of the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law instructs that those “persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
“’In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Catholics and people of good will are called to perform acts of mercy,’ the protestors said in a press release. ‘In the Catholic Church, we are given specific corporal and spiritual works of mercy — seven of each. The corporal works include feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and burying the dead. But it is two spiritual works of mercy [that] we hope to perform in front of St. Elizabeth’s Church — admonishing the sinner and instructing the ignorant.’”
Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has said Catholics have a duty to determine their worthiness to receive Holy Communion “through an upright and informed conscience.” He has not ordered priests in his diocese to stop admitting Kaine to Holy Communion. Yet, a Catholic priest asked that pro-abortion Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine “do us both a favor” and avoid his Communion line. “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.
This is a partial video of the 2016 VP Debate covering the faith segment.