Celebrated Christian evangelist Franklin Graham has blasted democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Tim Kaine for his recent comments suggesting that the Catholic Church should change its teaching on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
In a Facebook post, Graham said that “Tim Kaine is hoping that the Catholic Church will turn its back on God’s Word and accept the sinful political whims of our culture.”
In a meeting with LGBT activists over the weekend, Kaine, who has described himself as a “traditional Catholic,” said that the Catholic Church’s traditional opposition to same-sex marriage would change because God approves of homosexuality.
While acknowledging that his position on gay marriage “is at odds with the current doctrine of the church,” Kaine went on to say, “But I think that’s going to change, too. I think that is going to change.”
Kaine went so far as to say that his support of homosexuality is rooted in the teaching of the Bible, and specifically the Book of Genesis.
“I think it’s going to change because my church also teaches me about a Creator, in the first chapter of Genesis, who surveys the entire world, including mankind, and says: It is very good. It is very good,” Kaine said.
Curiously, Kaine failed to mention that what God was declaring “very good” was the creation of man and woman and his blessing on their union.
In his post, Rev. Graham notes that Kaine has “evolved” in his beliefs about same-sex marriage and homosexuality.
“Well, [neither] his thinking, nor society’s deteriorating moral attitudes, change the truth of God’s Holy Word—it never changes or evolves,” he said.
“I appreciate the Catholic Church remaining very strong on moral issues through the years, and I pray they will be immovable on the teachings of the Bible,” Graham said.
Rev. Graham is not alone in his criticism of Tim Kaine. While the abortion lobby has showered Kaine with plaudits, several U.S. Catholic bishops have recently challenged Kaine’s claim to being a faithful Catholic by citing his open dissent from essential moral teachings of the Church.
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, for instance, has criticized Kaine for his public support for abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions, and the ordination of women as priests, noting that all of these positions are “clearly contrary to well-established Catholic teachings.”
“Senator Kaine has said, ‘My faith is central to everything I do.’ But apparently, and unfortunately, his faith isn’t central to his public, political life,” Bishop Tobin concluded.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has also chastised Kaine, saying that he and Vice President Joe Biden, the two most visible Catholics in American politics, “both seem to publicly ignore or invent the content of their Catholic faith as they go along.”
Anyone who claims the Catholic label while not actually believing what the Catholic faith holds to be true and letting it guide their thoughts and actions “is simply fooling himself or herself — and even more importantly, misleading others,” he added.
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