Tim Kaine’s Bishop’s Official Statement Regarding Voting in the Public Life

The Right to Life is a Fundamental Right

By Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Statement Regarding Catholics in Public Office

Tim Kaine fully Supports Abortion

The Catholic Church makes its position very clear as it pertains to the protection of human life, social justice initiatives, and the importance of family life. From the very beginning, Catholic teaching informs us that every human life is sacred from conception until natural death. The right to life is a fundamental, human right for the unborn and any law denying the unborn the right to life is unequivocally unjust.

Legislative issues pertaining to these matters are advocated on behalf of myself and Bishop Loverde, of the Diocese of Arlington, before the Virginia General Assembly, U.S. Congress, and with state and federal agencies and administrations through the Virginia Catholic Conference, a public policy advocacy organization. Through this organization, elected officials in Virginia are aware of the Church’s positions on such important issues.

We continue to maintain an open communication with public officials who make on-going decisions impacting critical, moral and social issues. This is a responsibility I take seriously, along with my brother bishops, to reach out to public leaders to explain Catholic principles and encourage them to protect human life and dignity in all decisions they make.

We always pray for our Catholic leaders that they make the right choice, act in the best judgment and in good conscience, knowing the values and teachings of the Catholic Church.

It is the duty of all Catholics, no matter their profession, to decide through an upright and informed conscience as to their worthiness to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

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17 comments to Tim Kaine’s Bishop’s Official Statement Regarding Voting in the Public Life

  • Mary McCurry

    Why or why does ‘Courageous Priest” want anyone to share this appalling letter on social media? The letter is more suited to “Cowardly Priest”. The Church has long differentiated between ‘private’ persons and their burden to conform conscience according to Catholic Teaching and also places the burden on each of us (private persons) to know whether we are worthy or not to receive the Sacraments. BUT, the Church has also been clear about ‘public’ persons who, by their public rejection of basic Church teaching on grave matters such as life and sexuality, give great scandal to Catholic/Christian faith and must be denied the sacraments of Holy Communion unless and until they publicly repent and correct their behavior. Such ‘public’ persons like all of us retain the ability by God given free will to choose sin or redemption: heaven or hell. Public persons, be they politicians, sports figures, educators or clergy remain publicly accountable for their public acts and words that may help or hinder many, many others in the journey to their place in eternity. Heaven help us!!

  • Ray Wheeler

    It’s not just this bishop that is weak and more wrong then wearing two left shoes. They, about 90% of them do not believe in the Faith. There are only a few real preach the faith bishops. The others like to strut around in their funny looking costumes, wearing their silly beanies. It has been said many times, the floors of hell are scattered with the bones of our Catholic bishops. We’re closing our churches and schools, people quit going to church , they don’t go to confession because our bishops and priests don’t tell them what is and what is not a sin so the parishioners define sin downward that few believe sin even exists. The priests and bishops shirk their duty because they are afraid to tell the people what is and what is not sinful; if they do it might hurt our collections. Damn them all< Fulton Sheen probably does flip flops in his grave every day because of the what he witnesses. You can probably figure out I am a very Orthodox Catholic who is a sinner that follows a savior who washes feet, I try to live today better then I did yesterday and God willing I will live better tomorow then I did today.

  • Frank McPoyle

    I still don’t understand why Bishops are so afraid of speaking the truth about the teaching of Catholic values when they are like the Supreme Court, it would take the Pope to fire him. All of the democrats who claim to be Catholic should have all Sacraments withheld until they do their penance and state that they no longer hold the platform of their party non existent with the teaching of the church.

  • Marilyn Jones

    Prolife is also about the people in Haiti, the consequences of war and poverty, the handicapped,people of ALL races and sexual orientation, refugees and an infinite list. If in the total picture of prolife….if every Catholic is not speaking prolife in any and all of these issues….not too many people can receive the Eucharistic. An unborn baby is a precious life as is All Life. Let us not limit the definition of Prolife to those precious babies but we must include all precious life and every individual created by God. Why would you punish one example of not being Prolife and not be inclusive to all life. Christ offered himself for sinners and to deny a sinner Christ is to deny Christ’s gift of his forgiveness and his presence. Those of us who sin are precisely those whom Christ came to save. If denying a sinner Christ is punishment, then, no, I am not a Catholic. Christ came for sinners and no human can deny another human Christ.

  • Virginia Paganelli

    Tim Kaine’s outrageous actions bring scandal to the Church and are setting a very bad example especially to the young. If Kaine denies a faith which he claims he holds dear then what pledge/allegiance will he betray for his own political end. If he receives Communion then he is receiving in mortal sin with the compliance of his Bishop whose soul is also in danger. Catholics know the role of the Bishop is that of a shepherd as Jesus to guide his flock to ensure their soul does not fall into mortal sin. Believe me, I am not theologian but this fact is well known and a priest or Bishop who for whatever reason places one of his soul’s in danger of mortal sin will be held accountable before God. If counseling does not work, then deny Kaine Communion. Since when does one reward a child for bad behavior. Life has consequences and the consequences in this case can lead to eternal damnation.

    Virginia

  • Neil Kalina

    What is the difference between being pro choice or pro abortion if I am a Catholic. The consequences…are they not the same? Or is excommunication only for those who have had an abortion? Can I go to communion if I am pro-choice without committing a sacrilege?

    Tim Kane fully supports abortion at least thats what your article above states. Does he say that he is pro abortion? or as a “staunch” Catholic, does he stand for PRO LIFE?

    I am trying to inform my conscience you see. 90% of those who attend the Holy Sacrifice have no clue what the stand is on the consequences of being pro choice or pro abortion. Most recall the Clintons going to Communion and most can never forget The Kennedys going to Communion at the Cathedral. The Church doesnt seem to know where it stands in the US and perhaps that is why you never here the subject spoken at Mass.
    I wish more Bishops would take a solid stand withut bing afraid to speak the truth.
    That’s pretty much why peoples consciences are so uninformed cuz the Church is not doing its duty.

  • Savio

    Dear All,

    It hurts very much to read some of the comments made by some of our own bretheren on Bishop DiLorenzo’s Official Statement regarding voting in the Public Life.

    All Catholics are taught that Life is sacred and begins at CONCEPTION. If we are indeed Catholics (baptized and practising), all of us (not just the Church Officials) have a Moral Obligation to uphold the teaching of the Catholic Church, come what may.

    Just because we “think and feel’ that the Bishop hasn’t been forceful enough, doesn’t mean that we should be critical of the Bishop in the manner we sometimes are (as is evident by some of the written comments herein).
    As a matter of fact we have a larger role to play, far larger and greater than the Bishop himself – through excercise of our ‘vote”. Not everyone can express himself / herself well, maybe some of us are better or some worse.

    If the stand / views / opinion of the person standing for public office is contrary to Catholic Teaching, let us go out and consciencetise (or alert) the people not to vote for this particular person, as he / she if elected, will be bad for our society. Why do we abdicate our responsibility (yes abdicate) to the Bishop or the other Church Officials ? Don’t we too have a responsibility (given to us by GOD) to go and tell the person that what he /she is advocating / supporting is wrong ?

    JESUS CHRIST has clearly told us the following “If you love me, follow my Commandments”. Will GOD judge us for the Bishop’s failings ? No, certainly not, but HE will judge us for our failings. HE will ask us “What did you do” ? HE will not ask us “What did the Bishop do”?

    So, dear friends, let us not be like the people who brought a woman caught in adultery before JESUS to test HIM. Ultimately, what happened ? Everyone (starting with the elders) quietly dispersed when JESUS said “He who amongst you’ll has not sinned, may cast the first stone”. Seeing that all had dispersed, JESUS told the woman “Your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more”.

    Many of us may not have the time or the ability to go out canvassing against the candidate but we can at least communicate either via email, whatsapp, instagram, twitter, facebook etc and at the least, PRAY. I hope this will serve as an eye opener to everyone and each of us will do our bit in spreading the good news that “All life is sacred”

    GOD BLESS EVERYONE.

  • Brothers and Sisters, lets see what happens. The Bishop has notified Kaine and it has been made public. Kaine will understand that he risks being banned from receiving Holy Communion. It seems this could well be a pivotal point for all Catholic politicians who support abortion politically. Nevertheless it is right and just that that the Catholic laity come to the aid of the Church and to even remind bishops and priests of their responsibilities to the flock.

    • Christopher LaRose

      Kaine’s pro-abortion public stance has been known by the bishop and priests for a long time. They should have had a talk with him many times by now. He has made his position known to the entire world. The clergy must now hold him accountable and deny him Holy Eucharist. Send the message loud and clear, he must publically repent this egregious mortal sin to be restored to full communion. This is not harsh, just the truth. The primary service of the ordained is to save souls.

  • Maggie Sullivan

    Are you joking…..this is the statement of a modernist coward. It gives free reign to Catholics to participate in the mass murder of children and if their conscience is ok with it then all is good. Hitlers conscience told him to kill Jews, the ISIS killers follow their conscience, Charles Manson followed his conscience.

    This kind of pathetic politically correct meaningless statement makes a mockery of the Church and every baby murdered by abortion.

    • Hello Maggie,

      I can appreciate the strong desire for the bishop to go further. I am with you. Isn’t it crazy how our strong passion for truth can sometimes lead us to be uncharitable? How can a judgement be made of the bishop like saying he is a modernist coward? I personally would rather be punched in the face. Can you please demonstrate where the bishop gave Catholics “free reign” to follow their conscience. Did he not clearly state the Church’s stance at the beginning of the article? How does “act in the best judgment and in good conscience, knowing the values and teachings of the Catholic Church” result in free reign?

      God bless,
      John Quinn
      Courageous Priest

      We all want our bishops to do more, but how is being judgemental and uncharitable ever going to accomplish our mission?

  • George Kadlec

    When their conscience fails them it is up to the Bishop and the Priests to deny them Communion.

  • Mariann

    Please forgive me if I am overly harsh, but I find this statement less than adequate by Bishop DiLorenzo. As I read it, I interpret it this way:
    1. Church position is clear on abortion.
    2. Elected officials are made clear of the Church position on abortion.
    3. We Bishops take this seriously and personally reach out to make certain the elected officials are made clear of the Church position on abortion.
    4. We pray they (elected officials) act in good conscience.
    5. And, the one this Bishop plans to use so as to be free from his responsibility now and when he comes before the Lord, “It is the duty of all Catholics, no matter their profession, to decide through an upright and informed conscience as to their worthiness to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.”

    What immediately comes to mind is poppycock and talk about dropping the ball! Dear Bishop DiLorenzo and every other Bishop who may read this. My husband asked an important question on this recently, “Why does this not read, IT IS THE DUTY OF ALL CATHOLICS TO FOLLOW, PROCLAIM, AND ACTIVELY SUPPORT CHURCH TEACHING PARTICULARLY ON GRAVE MATTERS. THOSE WHO DO NOT, SHOULD NOT APPROACH NOR RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST UNTIL THEY HAVE CONFESSED, RECEIVED ABSOLUTION, AND AMEND THEIR LIVES.”? Sorry to be so extremely exact, but how many souls are perishing because of the likes of Catholic citizen Kaine? Biden? Pelosi? Cuomo(s) De Blasio? …? Why are you not more concerned for their souls and all of the souls they harm with their lies? I have now approximately 31 comments on abc’s article alone as to why Tim Kaine is not Catholic…this shouldn’t even be an issue if Mr. Kaine had been told straight…laws are laws. This was just one of the replies to my comment:
    “I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Bishop DiLorenzo or anyone else from the Diocese of Richmond to speak up about any important issues. I live in Virginia Beach but we’re part of the same diocese and a few years back when the Church started the Fortnight for Freedom in opposition to the HHS abortion mandate, I was upset that I hadn’t heard anything about it from my Church or in the bulletin. I tried to contact the diocese via email several times and received no response whatsoever. It was as if the diocese is non-existent!”

    Faithful Catholics wake up daily, make the sign of the Cross, look up to heaven and ask, “How long Lord? How long before Church hierarchy catechizes [teaching the depth and beauty of the Faith] and stands true for the Faith? How long Lord?”

  • Lou Iacobelli

    This is what I posted on LifeSiteNews and share with your readers as well: If Bishop DiLorenzo believes that “Catholics in public office, worthiness to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist” can “decide through an upright and informed conscience.” And this must then include all the faithful. So, why do we need the magisterium? Is it one, true apostolic Church or do we become many churches following our consciences. The bishop is afraid to say what needs to be said. And this explains in part why we are presently experiencing a deep moral crisis. He knows very well that abortion is evil and to comply with evil, unless there’s true contrition, is to reject all sacraments.

  • Lou Iacobelli

    If Bishop DiLorenzo believes that “Catholics in public office, worthiness to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist” can “decide through an upright and informed conscience.” And this must then include all the faithful. So, why do we need the magisterium? Is it one, true apostolic Church or do we become many churches following our consciences. The bishop is afraid to say what needs to be said. And this explains in part why we are presently experiencing a deep moral crisis. He knows very well that abortion is evil and to comply with evil, unless there’s true contrition, is to reject all sacraments.

  • Patricia

    Thank you Bishop for speaking out about the truth of the Catholic Church’s teachings and the responsibility
    a Catholic politician has to vote those values!

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