Trump’s Catholic Liason: Tim Kaine Needs to Denounce Anti-Catholic Bigotry

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by Aaron Maxwell  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 21, 2016   

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NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - Trump's Catholic liaison is calling on Hillary VP pick Tim Kaine to start following the Catholic faith.

Responding to Kaine's appearance on ABC's Sunday talk show This Week, where Kaine refused to apologize for anti-Catholic bigotry found in leaked emails from the Clinton campaign, Joseph Cella, liaison for Catholic affairs for the Trump campaign, criticized Kaine.

"If, as Tim Kaine says, he is 'very, very serious about his Catholicism,' he should denounce this type of anti-Catholic bigotry," Cella stated.

He remarked that even if Hillary and her campaign official had no part in writing the emails, Kaine, as a Catholic, should still denounce what is in them.

For the sake of Tim Kaine's argument, let's assume Hillary Clinton, Jennifer Palmieri, John Podesta, and John Halpin played no part in these bigoted anti-Catholic e-mails. We call on him to state that denouncing the Catholic Church as "a middle ages dictatorship," "backwards," where "no one knows what the hell they're talking about," and that trying to foment a revolution in the Catholic Church are all unacceptable, and to declare there is no place for such vicious anti-Catholicism whether behind the privacy of a keyboard, or in the public arena.

Cella also said that if Kaine and Clinton truly respect Catholics as they claim, they would apologize and "fire those involved" in writing the emails.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, also spoke up about Kaine and his failure to uphold Church teaching.

"It was painful to listen to Senator Kaine repeat the same tired and contorted reasoning to profess his personal opposition to abortion while justifying his commitment to keep it legal," Naumann said.

He went on to say that Kaine must have seen the ultrasound of his children and grandchildren, and says he must know that "abortion stopped the beating hearts of 60 million American children aborted legally since 1973."

If he knows these truths of biology, why would he believe that anyone has the right to authorize the killing of an unborn human being? This is where the reproductive choice euphemism breaks apart. Does anyone really have the choice to end another human being’s life? Our choices end where another individual’s more fundamental rights begin.

Naumann also addressed Kaine's political record.

It is ironic that Senator Kaine expressed such profound concern about imposing his religious beliefs on others, while supporting efforts: 1) to coerce the Little Sisters of the Poor and other faith-based ministries to violate their conscience by including abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations in their employee health plans; 2) to put small business owners (e.g., florists, bakers, photographers, etc.) out of business with crippling fines if they decline to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies; and 3) to force every American taxpayer to help fund abortion.

The archbishop also advised voters, "In making your decision as a voter, I encourage you to think not only of the candidate, but who they will appoint to key Cabinet and other powerful government positions if he or she becomes president. We are choosing not just a president, but an entire administration."

 

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