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WASHINGTON (LifeSiteNews) — President Joe Biden has selected a former Democratic U.S. senator with a record of supporting abortion, homosexual behavior, and the LGBT agenda, to be his ambassador to the Vatican.

The White House confirmed plans Friday to nominate former Sen. Joe Donnelly, an Indiana Democrat, to the Vatican ambassador position, according to Business Insider. Donnelly said he is looking forward to working with the Vatican on a number of issues regularly highlighted by liberal Catholics.

“If confirmed, I look forward to working with the Holy See on a wide variety of issues, including human rights, religious freedom, immigration, climate change, peace, and poverty,” Donnelly, who is Catholic, said.

Donnelly did not specifically mention issues such as abortion, gender ideology, and homosexual ‘marriage.’ His position on the issues, however, is at odds with what the Catholic Church teaches.

While Donnelly has billed himself as a pro-life Democrat and news outlets announcing his nomination used the term, his voting record looks bad.

He voted against ending former President Barack Obama’s Title X rule, which directed family planning dollars to abortion facilities.

The former Senator said he supports “marriage equality,” a term used by LGBT activists to describe same-sex ‘marriage’ as recognized by the government. He also opposed President Donald Trump’s prohibition on “transgender” people serving in the military.

Homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign “rates Donnelly as siding with them between 80 and 85 percent of the time during his first four years in the Senate,” the Indy Star reported in 2018.

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Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is standing for governor of Virginia and, like Joe Biden, he likes to say he is a "very strong Catholic."

Yet, also like Biden, he strongly supports killing unborn babies and is a longtime defender of the abortion industry. As if to underscore that fact, McAuliffe has even ghoulishly campaigned at an abortion center in his latest run for office.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which tells Terry McAuliffe to reject killing the innocent, stop supporting the abortion industry, and return to the Catholic Faith! This petition will also be CC'ed to the Virginia Catholic Bishops' Conference.

In spite of the fact that McAuliffe was born and raised in a Catholic family and graduated from a Catholic high school and university, he has supported the murder of the unborn throughout his life in elected office.

Indeed, McAuliffe has been taken to task several times by different dioceses. Going back to 2004, McAuliffe was disinvited as a guest speaker at his high school alma mater in Syracuse, New York, because of comments he made during a radio interview, saying that abortion is a matter of choice.

Fast-forward to 2017, when then-Governor McAuliffe (of Virginia) was excoriated by the Virginia Bishops' Conference for vetoing a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

At the time, the Bishops' Conference stated that McAuliffe's "actions harm the dignity of women deceived by the multibillion-dollar abortion industry as well as the tiniest females, those still in the womb whose lives are brutally eliminated by abortion."

Nevertheless, McAuliffe apparently still sees nothing wrong with his support of killing unborn babies, and, as above, he recently toured an abortion mill for a morbidly opportunistic campaign photo-op. (See tweet below.)

Grateful for the opportunity to tour the Whole Woman’s Health facility in Charlottesville this afternoon with @SallyLHudson. I'll always fight to protect women's clinics as gov. No Youngkin Texas-style abortion ban in VA!

— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) September 9, 2021

Stepping foot inside a place where babies are actually killed, and then campaigning to keep such murderous facilities open, takes support for abortion to a heinous new low.

And, supporting abortion as a public official is even worse for McAuliffe in terms of his relationship with God and the Catholic Church.

While supporting abortion is always wrong, Catholic politicians who vocally support abortion have an even greater responsibility to renounce their wayward positions precisely because of the scandal it can cause to the Catholic faithful, very possibly leading many others astray.

Relying on the Catechism lessons he received throughout his high school and university education, Terry McAuliffe should now reconsider his position on the killing of unborn children, and take this opportunity to publicly repent of his support for abortion, the killing of the innocent.

If McAuliffe does not take steps to publicly repent of his adamant support of abortion, the bishops of Virginia should take this opportunity to address and clarify his relationship with the Eucharist and the Church.

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Donnelly also changed his position on same-sex unions, telling the Indiana newspaper in 2018 that he wanted to attract “young people” to the state.

“I think everybody has taken a fresh look at this issue. What I hope the voter realizes is that one of the best things we can do is to try and make everyone feel welcome,” Donnelly said. “I took a long look at this again, and when I did, I said, `You know what? As a state we can’t afford to lose our young people. We want to be a state where we treat everybody equally, where everybody feels welcome.'”

Donnelly has been silent when his own party honored a Planned Parenthood executive in 2017.

Pro-life Susan B. Anthony List criticized Donnelly in 2018 and helped defeat him and elect now-U.S. Senator Mike Braun, a Republican.

The organization also criticized Donnelly for voting against legislation from Sen. Rand Paul to defund Planned Parenthood, calling him “Deceptive Donnelly.”

“Pro-life Hoosiers cannot trust deceptive Joe Donnelly to stand up for unborn children,” SBA President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in 2018. “Senator Donnelly claims to be pro-life, but he has a history of betrayal on important pro-life votes, including today when he once again voted in support of sending taxpayer dollars to America’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood. His record is dramatically out of step with his constituents.”

In the run-up to the 2020 election, Donnelly co-chaired “Catholics for Biden.”