Dear Senator Kaine,
As the 2016 Democratic vice presidential candidate, you are one of the most visible Catholic politicians in the United States right now.
Throughout your political career as the Governor of Virginia and a United States Senator, you have said your Catholic faith is integral to your life, yet at the same time you have publicly supported abortion, same-sex “marriage,” same-sex adoptions, and women’s ordination as priests.
You say that you are “personally” pro-life and hold “traditional” Catholic views on abortion. Yet you have gone farther and farther to the left on the issue over the course of your political career, even using Pope Francis’s visit to trash Republicans for trying to pass a pro-life law.
Why are you “pro-life”? If you are truly “pro-life” and recognize that abortion kills a whole, distinct, and living human being, then why do you think it should be legal?
As the Catechism of 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” (CCC 2270).
If you are truly a “devout” and “traditional” Catholic, as you say, do you agree with the Catholic Church that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered,” “contrary to the natural law,” and “under no circumstances can they be approved” (CCC 2357)?
Do you agree with Pope Francis that children have a right to be raised by a mother and a father?
Do you agree with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s 2003 instruction that “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” and “Catholic politicians are obliged to do so in a particular way, in keeping with their responsibility as politicians”? Will you follow this instruction if you are elected Vice President?
Do you agree with Pope Francis that gender ideology is a demonic “error of the human mind”?
As more and more legislation is introduced to authorize doctors to kill their patients in the name of “mercy,” will you stand by the Catholic Church’s teaching that euthanasia is “morally unacceptable” and “an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator” (CCC 2277)? Will you protect doctors’ rights to refuse to participate in procedures that contradict their promise to “first, do no harm,” or will you support forcing them participate in their patients’ suicides?
Will you protect the freedom to believe, or will you work to continue the Obama administration’s war on religious liberty by attempting to force Catholic institutions to fund life-ending drugs and devices to which they morally object?
Will you protect the conscience rights of ordinary people who don’t want to be forced to participate in or affirm same-sex “marriages,” or will you stand by the prevailing Democratic party view that such dissent should not be permitted?
Senator Kaine, upon becoming Hillary Clinton’s running mate, you said: “I’m a Catholic. Hillary is a Methodist. Her creed is the same as mine: Do all the good you can.”
How is supporting the taxpayer-funded dismemberment of children in the womb “doing all the good you can”?
Please, Senator Kaine, we sincerely ask you to repent of your public positions in opposition to your Church’s infallible moral teachings, and affirm that you believe what the Catholic Church teaches about the sanctity of human life, the institution of marriage, and the necessity of recognizing these truths in law.
What kind of Catholic Vice President will you be? Catholics across the country eagerly await your reply.