Tim Kaine’s Marriage View Makes Him a Dissident, Not Devout Catholic

Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. speaks during a campaign rally in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.

By Deacon Keith Fournier Published on September 12, 2016

Evangelical leader Dr. Michael Brown recently explained how the allegedly devout Catholic Tim Kaine has rejected the truth about marriage as revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament.  Two months ago, I wrote about Kaine’s rejection of the right to life of our youngest neighbors in the womb, noting, “His position is morally incoherent and unfaithful to the Bible, Christian tradition and Catholic doctrine.”

So, it is not only on the right to life that Kaine is in serious error. Now he rejects the truth about marriage.

To be precise, Kaine told 3,600 attendees at the annual dinner of the “Human Rights Campaign” that “my full complete unconditional support for marriage equality is at odds with the current doctrine of the Church that I still attend. But I think that’s going to change too. …”

This is a reversal of his earlier view. During his 2005 campaign for governor of Virginia, he defended marriage, stating in a radio ad, “I’m against same-sex marriage. I’m conservative on personal responsibility, character, family and the sanctity of life. These are my values and that’s what I believe.”

His “evolved” rejection of marriage, which conveniently tracks changing public opinion, completely rejects Catholic teaching. Dare I call it the “h” word? The Catechism of the Catholic Church, citing the Code of Canon Law #751, defines heresy as “the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith.”

The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is the Vatican watchdog. They issued a doctrinal note to Catholic politicians in 2002 including this direction that “the family needs to be safeguarded and promoted, based on monogamous marriage between a man and a woman.” The note was signed by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, then Prefect of the Congregation. Most will recognize the name. He went on to become Pope Benedict XVI.

Tim Kaine is not a defender of marriage and the family. He undermines both and admits to being “at odds” with the doctrine of the Catholic Church. Kaine is a smart man. He regularly reminds us that he is a “devout Catholic” and that he served as a lay missionary. He knows that what the Catholic Church teaches about marriage, like what She teaches about the Right to Life, is based not only on the teaching of the Bible, which Dr. Brown elucidated in his article, but on two thousand years of settled Christian teaching and the natural moral law. In other words, it is not simply a “religious” position, but one knowable through the exercise of reason and binding upon all men, women and nations.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith affirms:

The Church’s teaching on marriage and on the complementarity of the sexes reiterates a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by all the major cultures of the world. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose.

And, in spite of Mr. Kaine’s assertion that the Church will somehow “evolve” and reject the ontological truth about marriage, the congregation added these words: “No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend toward the communion of their persons. In this way, they mutually perfect each other, in order to cooperate with God in the procreation and upbringing of new human lives.”

Tim Kaine is no more a devout Catholic than I am a potted plant. He is in serious error. He is a dissident. He is following the misguided trail of dissidents like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and Mario Cuomo into dangerous rebellion against the Church and the truth that She teaches and defends. It is imperative that faithful Catholics oppose and expose his errors while we pray for his conversion. Our Christian brethren in other traditions are hoping we will stand firm! Many of their own church communities are collapsing under the ferocious attack of the devil on the right to life and the true nature of marriage.

With such public dissent from truths that every Catholic must believe, Tim Kaine is in open and notorious public dissent, which the Catholic Catechism calls scandal:

Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense. (CCC#2284)

Mr. Kaine, the Catholic Church will never, ever, change Her teaching on the right to life or the true nature and ends of marriage. She cannot deny the truth as revealed by the Lord. It is you who must turn from your serious error. Please, repent and return to the faith you claim to believe. And, until then, please stop claiming to be devout.

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  • Cowboy

    And we wonder why people turn away from organized religion. It is because of people who say one thing and do another. It is people who interpret the Bible or doctrine to fit their need at the moment. In this case he says that the church is going to change because if he came out strong in defense of the unborn or for traditional marriage – he would not be marching to the Democratic drum beat.
    Oh how I pray for men and women of faith – Bible believing men and women to begin to stand up and change the direction we are going.

    • Deacon Keith Fournier

      Dear Cowboy

      Though I understand your sentiment, it’s not about ” organized religion”. There are many, like me, in what you would call “organized religion”, happy to hold onto the beauty of the truth revealed fully in Jesus Christ. The Bible, the ” kerygma”, the Creed. I am a Bible believing, magisterium (teaching office) following, evangelical Catholic Christian.And there are a growing number outside of ” organized religion” falling for old errors pretending to be new.

      The new alliance which is being formed by the Holy Spirit is one of Christians from every confession who embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and understand that the struggle is both within the Church and outside the Church. It is, at root, “a struggle not against flesh and blood” as the Apostle Paul told the Ephesians.

      Deacon Keith Fournier

      • Cowboy

        I hear what you say – problem is that the people see men such as Mr. Kaine and assume he represents that particular organized religion. They see some churches associated with organized religion embracing sin and calling it good. I agree with what you are saying – there are wonderful, sprit filled Christians within the many religions. People such as you that do hold on to the Word of God as the truth – uncompromising – sorry I made a general statement, but I have seen young people, especially, that are turned off by the hypocrites that seem to get center stage. I do agree – I see hope in Spirit filled Christians – both inside and outside organized churches that are beginning to stand up and fight the good fight. Let us both take our place in that fight – ready to run the race.

  • Wayne Cook

    It’s beyond pretentious for him to say he’s Catholic of any kind and deny principles of the Bible, not to mention obedience.

    • 6thinclass

      I realize the Catholics have their own bible – which I have never read – but would it be that much different from KJV?

      • Elephantinanocean

        Yes Catholics have the same bible. The only difference between a Catholic and a Protestant bible is that a Catholic bible has seven extra books called the deuterocanonical books.

        It is important to remember that all Bibles are translations of the original which were written in Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic.

        A great comparison to the KJV would be a Catholic translation called the Douay-Rheims Bible. Both translations were written in the early 1600’s in an older version of the English language.

        God bless

        • 6thinclass

          Thanks for the explanation. Tell me what are the deuterocanonical books. New territory for me. I know – google it!

          Also, “all Bibles are translations of the original which were written in Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic”. That statement is an exaggeration isn’t? I’m thinking of the The Latter Day Saints bible & Jehovah Witness for 2 examples.

          • Elephantinanocean

            A brief explanation is that the deuterocanonical books are part of the Old Testament that were written in Greek . During the reformation it was argued by Luther to remove them and only use Old Testament books written in Hebrew. The Kings James originally had these books in the bible but during the late 1800s publishers of the Kjv started taking them out, Protestants do not see them as canon , unlike Catholics. I actually have a copy of a KJV with the deuterocanonical books in it,

            All scripture from the Old Testament and New Testament was written in Hebrew and Greek , with a little Aramaic. These documents no longer exist. Although recent discoveries like the Dead Sea scrolls which date back before Christ amazingly show how accurate the bible has been preserved.

            Jehova witness and Mormons have bigger problems. They are new on the scene forming in the 18 and 1900s. The classical orthodox definition of a Christian is one who believes Jesus is God. Neither one of these groups believe Jesus is God and that becomes a major stumbling block with the rest of the Christian community.

          • 6thinclass

            Thank you for the explanation. How does one get a copy of the deuterocanonical? Or, why is it not important to include in today’s teaching?

          • Elephantinanocean

            You may find them in any catholic bible, there are many free online bibles just google catholic bible.

            The apostles used something called the Septuagint , which was in greek to teach from, all of the books were included in the Septuagint , so for me at least, it makes them very important. Another reason is that they continue the history of the Jewish people up until the time of Christ. Heres a fun fact, the movie/book Lord of the Rings was loosely based off the book of Maccabees.

            Those who say they are not important have their own reasons, i can’t not speak on their behalf, but they were originally taken out of the bible, biblia is Greek for Books, or Canon , which means measuring stick, because Martin Luther’s new church did away with certain classical orthodox teachings, i say classical and orthodox because Catholic , Eastern Orthodox, Coptics, and many others still use these teachings today and have been for 2000 years. In addition to the deuterocanonical books, Martin Luther also took the book of James, Hebrews, Jude, and the book of Revelations from the New Testament. They were later put back in the bible.

            Here is a list of the books, God Bless:



            Additions to Esther (Vulgate Esther 10:4–16:24)[7]

            Wisdom (also called the Wisdom of Solomon)

            Sirach (also called Ecclesiasticus)

            Baruch, including the Letter of Jeremiah (Additions to Jeremiah in the Septuagint)[8]

            Additions to Daniel:

            Prayer of Azariah and Song of the Three Holy Children (Vulgate Daniel 3:24–90)

            Susanna (Vulgate Daniel 13, Septuagint prologue)

            Bel and the Dragon (Vulgate Daniel 14, Septuagint epilogue)

            1 Maccabees

            2 Maccabees

          • 6thinclass

            I am in awe. Thank you for taking the time to write in length. I am thirsty to know it all. I have not been exposed to enough to know these existed.

  • Shaune Scott

    The mainstream media did not cover the small group of parishioners from Kaine’s church who protested against him. His “personally opposed” stand is specious on its face. One’s conscience is consistent in all aspects of life if it has been well-formed, in accordance with the teachings of the Magisterium. He is a classic CINO.

  • He’s a heretic. Him and the rest of the so-called Christians on the left.

  • Kim Paczewski

    Pride is the root of all evil. To suggest the “Church”will change it’s mind raises questions in my mind to his intelligence.

  • Jim Walker

    The things he’d say just to be hopeful to get the title of VPOTUS… Utter foolishness and he just bought a one way ticket to HELL.

  • dustpan33

    Tim Kaine is a heretic. He supports abortion and moral relativism. He’s a fraud through and through. Pro-aborts are not allowed to receive communion in a Catholic Church – not even the Vatican II sect allows this.

  • Chris Schene

    Kaine is indeed a heretic and should be excommunicated after his public statements supporting same-sex marriage.

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