- Associated Press - Monday, July 25, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic bishop says many of the views held by Hillary Clinton’s Democratic vice presidential running mate conflict with “well-established Catholic teachings.”

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a Catholic, was chosen as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s running mate Friday.

In a Facebook post that carried the headline “VP Pick, Tim Kaine, a Catholic?” Bishop Thomas Tobin took issue with Kaine’s positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions and the ordination of women.

“All of these positions are clearly contrary to well-established Catholic teachings; all of them have been opposed by Pope Francis as well,” Tobin wrote in the post on Saturday morning, adding that, “apparently, and unfortunately, his faith isn’t central to his public, political life.”

Tobin’s spokeswoman said Monday he had nothing to add.



Kaine’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately return messages Monday.

Kaine’s bishop in Richmond, Francis DiLorenzo, issued a statement Friday that didn’t mention Kaine, but said they encourage Catholic leaders to protect human life and dignity in all decisions.

“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,” he said.

Tobin is known for taking a hard line on abortion and other issues. In 2013, he weighed in on Nelson Mandela’s death by calling Mandela’s support for abortion “shameful.” In 2009, he got into a public argument with then-Rep. Patrick Kennedy over the Democrat’s support for abortion rights, and asked Kennedy not to take Holy Communion.

Earlier in the campaign, some Catholic bishops criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his call to end automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants living illegally in the United States. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said the Republican candidate’s position “plays on our worst fears and resentments.”

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