Anathema. It is not used everyday, so a lot of us don't know what it means. The dictionary describes it as "a formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church, excommunicating a person or denouncing a doctrine." And it's this powerful word that Governor Pence chose to use about Senator Kaine's support of abortion--especially partial-birth abortion--while claiming to be a Catholic.
During the VP debate, the two candidates took strong opposing views on abortion, reports Life Site News. Pence boldly shared from the Bible, and said how he could not divorce his faith from his politics. “For me, the sanctity of life proceeds out of...that ancient principle where God says before you were formed in the womb, I knew you," explained Pence. “My faith informs my life,” he continued.
Kaine, in stark contrast, said that he kept his private views (claiming to be personally pro-life) separate from his public voting. Pence simply could not understand this and took special issue with Kaine's support of partial-birth abortion. It was on this point he issued the Catholic denunciation. “What I can't understand is with Hillary Clinton and now Senator Kaine at her side is to support a practice like partial-birth abortion,” Pence said. “I know, Senator Kaine, you hold pro-life views personally, but the very idea that a child that is almost born into the world could still have their life taken from them is just anathema to me.”
In response, Kaine tried to appeal to the power of the woman, as Clinton does. "So let's talk about abortion and choice. Let's talk about them. We support Roe v. Wade. We support the constitutional right of American women to consult their own conscience, their own supportive partner, their own minister, but then make their own decision about pregnancy. That's something we trust American women to do that."
What do you think of Pence's choice to use the word "anathema?" Do you think it was a purposeful jab at the authenticity of Kaine's faith? Let us hear your thoughts in the Comments!