After Hillary Clinton announced Tim Kaine as her running mate, he was hailed by some in the mainstream press as a ‘Pope Francis Catholic.’
Well, Bishop Tobin of Providence isn’t buying it.
He’s not the first bishop to call bull on a pro-choice Catholic politician, and he won’t be the last. And you may have already seen this, since it’s been making the rounds for a couple days now. But it bears repeating, again and again, because it pretty much says it all:
“Democratic VP choice, Tim Kaine, has been widely identified as a Roman Catholic. 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.’ But apparently, and unfortunately, his faith isn’t central to his public, political life.”
Every U.S. bishop should just issue a press release: “What Tobin Said.”
Or better yet, other bishops should learn to speak this plainly themselves and be willing to call out ‘personally opposed’ politicians for their shameless deceit and moral cowardice as unflinchingly as Bishop Tobin does.
I don’t think we’ll be disappointed in that department. There are a lot of good shepherds in these United States right now, men who are serious about the Faith and their duty to teach it, preach it, and defend it. Watch for more to step up and call it like it is. And keep praying for them. The last eight years have been a wake-up call for many Church leaders. They are aware now of the true aims of the enemies of the Church, and of the consequences they may face in the coming age for standing up to them.
St. John Fisher, St. Thomas Becket, St. Polycarp, Cardinal George, intercede for them.