Hillary Clinton has recently selected her running mate: Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Kaine is a Catholic but doesn't act like one, implies Dominican Father Thomas Petri, the vice president and academic dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies.
Father Petri tweeted out this request to Kaine, reports Life Site News:
Canon 915 teaches that “persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” The grave sin Petri is referring to is Kaine's continued support for abortion. The Catholic Church teaches: “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. ... Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law...Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense."
Kaine has attempted to please both his religion and his party by saying he doesn't support abortion but also stands for a woman's right to choose. “I’m a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade and women being able to make these decisions." When Republicans tried to push for abortion reform after the Pope's visit in 2015, Kaine criticized them:
“The Republicans attempted to use the forthcoming Papal visit to force a vote on a federal abortion ban that has already been struck down by numerous federal courts as unconstitutional," Kaine posted to his Facebook. "Because it clearly violates the 14th Amendment and 40 years of Supreme Court precedent, I voted against it.”
“Nothing in my Catholic faith suggests that I should support legislation that violates the Constitution,” he justified. “In fact, I take an oath as a Senator to support the Constitution, ‘so help me God.’ Instead of using the Papal visit as just another political opportunity, I encourage my Republican colleagues to do what I and my Democratic colleagues plan to do this week. Truly listen to him.”
It seems Father Petri disagrees that nothing in Kaine's faith would urge him to oppose abortion. What do you think of Father Petri's tweet?