September 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — During a dinner for one of the country’s largest and wealthiest homosexual lobby groups, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine predicted that the Catholic Church might change its position on same-sex marriage just as he did.
“My full, complete, unconditional support for marriage equality is at odds with the current doctrine of the Church that I still attend,” Kaine said at a Human Rights Campaign dinner. “But I think that’s going to change, too.”
The pro-abortion senator also implied that his faith is one of the reasons he supports same-sex marriage.
“My church also teaches me about a Creator in the first chapter of Genesis who surveys the entire world, including mankind, and said, ‘It is very good. It is very good,’” he said. “Who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family? I think we’re supposed to celebrate, not challenge it.”
Kaine also cited Pope Francis’s now-infamous “Who am I to judge?” line, which opponents of Church teaching frequently abuse to advocate for the LGBT movement.
The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a lifelong, indissoluble union between one man and one woman that is ordered toward the procreation and education of children.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church also teaches, “Conjugal love involves a totality, in which all the elements of the person enter — appeal of the body and instinct, power of feeling and affectivity, aspiration of the spirit and of will. It aims at a deeply personal unity, a unity that, beyond union in one flesh, leads to forming one heart and soul; it demands indissolubility and faithfulness in definitive mutual giving; and it is open to fertility. In a word, it is a question of the normal characteristics of all natural conjugal love, but with a new significance which not only purifies and strengthens them, but raises them to the extent of making them the expression of specifically Christian values” (CCC 1643).
On the subject of homosexual activity, the Catholic Church teaches that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” and “under no circumstances can they be approved.”
This is because “they are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity” (CCC 2357).
The Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in a document titled Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, instructs Catholics:
“In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application. In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection.”
This is not the first time tht Kaine has used his faith to advocate for something the Catholic Church labels “intrinsically evil.”
When Pope Francis visited the United States in September 2015, Kaine suggested his Catholic faith might compel him to vote in favor of abortion.
“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 wrote on 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 continued. “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.”
Kaine has a perfect pro-abortion voting record in the Senate.
Kaine’s Catholic parish gave him a standing ovation at Mass after Hillary Clinton selected him as her running mate. Kaine’s pastor, Father Jim Arsenault, gave a glowing interview about the senator to NPR.
In August, Catholics protested outside Kaine’s parish to communicate that one cannot be a devout Catholic yet support abortion and same-sex “marriage.”