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Kansas City Archbishop Slams Tim Kaine as 'Cafeteria Catholic'

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016 11:13 AM

Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann slammed Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, rejecting his support for abortion and calling him a "cafeteria Catholic."

In an article on his diocese's site, The Leaven, Naumann lists his objections to the Virginia senator.

Kaine is a Catholic who has said he opposes abortion, but has supported abortion rights as a politician, according to New York Magazine.

Naumann warned voters about Kaine's beliefs, saying, "Be wary of candidates who assume to take upon themselves the role of defining what Catholics believe or should believe.

"Unfortunately, the vice-presidential debate revealed that the Catholic running for the second highest office in our land is an orthodox member of his party, fully embracing his party's platform, but a cafeteria Catholic, picking and choosing the teachings of the Catholic Church that are politically convenient."

The archbishop said that Kaine professed standard support for abortion, despite his Catholic beliefs, which reject abortion.

"It was painful to listen to Senator Kaine repeat the same tired and contorted reasoning to profess his personal opposition to abortion while justifying his commitment to keep it legal," Naumann said.

"He said all the usual made-for-modern-media sound bites: It is not proper to impose his religious beliefs upon all Americans. He trusts women to make good reproductive choices. And when all else fails, there is always: Do we really want to criminalize and fill our jails with post-abortive women?"

Regarding imposing religious beliefs, Naumann said Kaine appears to have no conflicts with the church's opinions on opposing racism, helping the poor, and following the Ten Commandments "with regard to stealing, perjury, or forms or murder, other than abortion."

Naumann called on Kaine to speak to women who had abortions.

"Our current permissive abortion policies, placing the entire burden of responsibility for the abortion decision upon the mother, results in millions of women experiencing an inner imprisonment where the bars keeping them from freedom and happiness are the guilt and unresolved grief that inevitably results from abortion."

When Kaine was governor of Virginia, Naumann said he did not work on policies that restricted abortion, but he did enforce capital punishment sentences. In his vice presidential run, Kaine appears to be in favor of expanding abortion rights, Naumann said.

Choosing a president also includes choosing an entire administration, says the archbishop and "both major political parties have nominated very flawed candidates.

"In making your decision as a voter, I encourage you to think not only of the candidate, but who they will appoint to key Cabinet and other powerful government positions if he or she becomes president. We are choosing not just a president, but an entire administration," Naumann added. 

Kaine is on the campaign trail supporting Hillary Clinton, and made a speech in Detroit, focusing on the fight against poverty, according to NBC News.

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