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PHOENIX, AZ (ChurhMilitant.com) - Comments critical of Tim Kaine are being deleted from a Facebook page run by a Jesuit high school. After Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona posted a USA today column on its Facebook page supporting Hillary Clinton's Catholic running mate and highlighting his Jesuit education, a man left a comment that Kaine is a supporter of killing the unborn. His message was promptly deleted and his access to the site revoked.
The column posted by Brophy College Prep had claimed that Kaine lives by the Jesuit maxim "Men and women for others."
Eric J. Halvorson read the column and, in an email sent to reporter Matt Abbott, said he left a remark saying, "Mr. Kaine may be a man for others; however, he is not a man for the unborn — based on his public record and especially with whom he's running: Hillary Clinton."
Later, Brophy Facebook manager replied to Halvorson, ordering him to refrain from making political comments on their site. He responded, "My comments were not intended to be of a political, but rather a religious, nature speaking directly to the sanctity of life."
Halvorson said it wasn't until later that afternoon that he found out the site had banned him and he was no longer allowed to comment on or even access the page.
Halvorson said he understands they have the right to restrict what he says, but "this really left me numb and with a horrible taste in my mouth. It made me sad as well."
"The perception I was left with is that Brophy is OK with featuring and celebrating Mr. Kaine's Jesuit education experience and service to others despite his public record on abortion," he added. "Now, in this country, even in many Catholic circles such as Brophy's, one is considered to be a pro-life 'freak' or 'radical' if one even dares to bring up protecting the innocent unborn. One is now scorned and banned in American Catholic circles if one discusses the unborn."
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island and Abp. Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have both publicly called out Kaine for his pro-abortion, pro-gay stances..
Bishop Tobin said that Kaine "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."
Referring to Kaine and Vice President Joseph Biden, Abp. Chaput said that "both seem to publicly ignore or invent the content of their Catholic faith as they go along."