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  1. Kaine may want to broaden the Dem tent, but he must pass the Catholic litmus test first. I thought he was a plus for Catholics who could not be labelled “pro-choice” since his background seemed more right than most. But then I was never good with labels. Pro-life, pro-choice, perhaps Bishop Tobin could explain the meanings and specifically what Kaine actions motivated him to come one step short of excommunication?

    • That would be his legislative activism supporting abortion rights.

      Since he’s been Senator, he’s earned a 100% rating from PP and NARAL.

      So, no label problem here, Morgan. His record and his public statements tell you what Tobin’s issue is with him.

    • Kaine is as described in the article; a Catholic running the old “I’m personally opposed to it since my Church says it’s a moral evil-so I’m working to visit this moral evil on the rest of the nation because, uh, it’s the law or something”. As if he has no other choice. Spare me these people.

    • “2270 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.71

      Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.72
      My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.73

      2271 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:

      You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.74
      God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves.
      Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.75

      2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense.
      The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.
      “A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,”76 “by the very commission of the offense,”77 and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law.78
      The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy.
      Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.”

      Kaine flunks out on formal cooperation-section 2272.

      • Perhaps Kaine should follow the former altar boy, Pence, now a convert to Evangelical Protestantism.. By all observations you refer to in Catholic Cannon, Kaine is already excommunicated.. Can he expect mercy if he states that he is “Pro-life” with exceptions?

        • Well, I cited the Catechism, not Canon Law.
          He already will receive mercy if he repents.

          I believe Kaine would be at home in one of the mainline protestant denominations if he believes that his duty is to support abortion politically.

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