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Tim Kaine, dishonest schismatic

The Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion is clear and unambiguous. Not even a liberal Pope like Francis can change it. 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. Canon Law deals with the question by excommunication. For example, Canon 1398 says “A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.”
The church is also clear on who is considered a schismatic. For example, in the list of those excommunications specially reserved to the Pope, we find this: Schismatics and those who elude or obstinately withdraw from the authority of the reigning Roman pontiff. The schismatics here referred to are of two kinds: those who are such because they belong to separated Churches which reject the authority of the pope, and those who, being Catholics, become schismatics by reason of obstinate disobedience to the authority of the pope as such. Specially reserved to the Pope means that only he can release one from the status of excommunicant.
Automatic excommunication for abortion (CIC 1398) applies not only to the woman who has the abortion, but to “all those who commit this crime with knowledge of the penalty attached, and [this] includes those accomplices without whose help the crime would not have been committed” (Evangelium Vitae 62).
Tim Kaine has said: “I strongly support the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions and, for that reason, will oppose efforts to weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade.” When asked if he’d like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe the Governor answered, “I don’t think the Supreme Court should.” He continued, “Roe vs. Wade is ultimately about saying that there is a realm of personal liberty for people to make this decision.” Kaine also supports public funding for abortions.
But it is not just Kaine. There’s Pelosi, and Biden, and erstwhile HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.) among others. All of them claim to be Catholic, but none of them follow the teaching of the Church. St. Justin in the second century tells us: “The only people who are to go to Communion are people who believe everything we believe.” Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, said that, “If they don’t believe what the church teaches, they’re not really Catholic.”
The Pope agrees. A letter Pope Francis sent to the bishops of Argentina in late March states, in part, “[people] cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act with deeds or words against the commandments, particularly when abortion, euthanasia, and other grave crimes against life and family are encouraged. This responsibility weighs particularly over legislators, heads of governments, and health professionals.”
At the Spring meeting in Denver, the Catholic Bishops of the United States took a strong stand that Catholic politicians who have the responsibility to formulate law are obliged “to work toward correcting morally defective laws”. The often used excuses that “abortion is the law of the land” or “that I am personally opposed to abortion but I can’t thrust my opinion on others” does not free the politician “from moral guilt of cooperating in evil and in sinning against the common good”
At the same meeting, the Bishops were emphatic regarding the moral evil of abortion. Catholics in all walks of life are called to have an “unequivocal commitment to the legal protection of human life from the moment of conception until natural birth.” It appears that no Catholic can support abortion rights and believe that he or she has a correctly formed conscience. Any Catholic who would believe that they are morally justified in supporting abortion has to know that they are in opposition to natural law and the official teachings of their Catholic faith. To do so, places them in bad faith and with a mal-formed conscience.
It is clear that the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion is plain. It is clear that one can not support abortion, and continue to claim communication with the Catholic Church. One cannot be a Catholic and vote for a politician that supports abortion “rights.” If one wishes to be “pro-choice,” one should have the moral and intellectual integrity to leave the Church, and not claim allegiance to an organization that believes the exact opposite.

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