To the editor:
Senator Tim Kaine who is Catholic and who is personally opposed to abortion, states that taking the lives of pre-born children should not be outlawed. I am sure he is a well read and thoughtful person so I would like to know why he is personally opposed to abortion. Does that mean he could be personally opposed to driving while intoxicated or child pornography, but not want these actions to be outlawed? Since he is personally opposed to abortion, has he ever supported a crisis pregnancy service, at least as strong as he has supported the "right" to abortion? Has he tried to convince friends or other family members why abortion is wrong since he is "personally opposed" to it? Has he ever as a private citizen acted or spoken in any way to demonstrate his personal opposition to abortion?
Governor Mike Pence on the other hand as a congressman voted for the Iraq War and was a co-sponsor of the war resolution. He continues to be a strong supporter of building up the military. He also left the Catholic Church. He said he met people who talked about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; an intimacy with God that he had craved but that had not been part of his experience growing up as a Catholic.
Where did we as Church go wrong in our formation of our Catholic parishioners including these two recent choices for the vice-presidents of our two major political parties?
Father Jim Hewes