Kaine’s Jesuit mission trip inspired his political and spiritual embrace of ‘liberation theology’

Kaine’s Jesuit mission trip inspired his political and spiritual embrace of ‘liberation theology’

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – With vice presidential rivals Mike Pence and Tim Kaine having taken the debate stage this week, a closer look at Kaine’s 1980 mission trip abroad so often invoked to represent his Catholic faith revealed an association on the part of the Democratic candidate with radical extremist elements hostile to the United States and the Catholic Church.

Kaine’s Honduras trip has continually been given a flattering portrayal in the media of the Virginia senator having assisted Jesuit missionaries serving poor farmers and being transformed spiritually. Kaine himself has described that time as “the turning point in my life.”

But a report from CatholicVote.org released this week sheds some new and differing light on what Kaine has also called the decisive period that helped shape both his political and religious views.

“The facts surrounding this ‘mission trip’ raise grave and serious concerns,” the CatholicVote memo states, “particularly given his continued relationships with the successors of a number of political and religious extremists.”

An unabashed stance on abortion

Kaine’s increasingly resolute pro-abortion stance is documented and well known, with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards saying she was “very enthusiastic” about Kaine being on the Clinton ticket.

At Tuesday night’s debate, Kaine reaffirmed his pro-abortion stance by saying of the Clinton-Kaine campaign, “We support Roe v. Wade.”

The former Virginia governor made abundantly clear during the debate that his Catholic faith takes a back seat to his role in politics, continually equating upholding Church principles with imposing one’s views on another. At the same time, he was quick to say the sole conscience issue he has had with public policy is the death penalty, misrepresenting Church teaching as wholly opposed to capital punishment.

Kaine has a 100 percent abortion voting record with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America and has supported striking down pro-life laws and compelling healthcare providers to participate in abortion and supply abortifacients. He also has called himself a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade.

In a December 2011 debate for the 2012 Virginia Senate race, Kaine explained how the birth control pill can function by preventing fertilization and also by preventing implantation after fertilization has occurred. But Kaine did so to clarify why he opposed an effort to establish in commonwealth law that life begins at conception — because not only would this outlaw abortion, it would outlaw contraception as well.

Kaine has also voiced public support for women’s ordination, homosexual “marriage,” and adoption for same-sex couples, telling the largest homosexual advocacy group in the U.S. last month that the Catholic Church would change its stance on same-sex “marriage.”

Catholics’ concern over this portrayal of Church teaching

Given that Kaine has repeatedly contravened more than one of the Catholic Church’s five “non-negotiable” issues in his public life, observant Catholics have taken issue with the glowing depiction of Kaine as a devout Catholic by the media and other supporters.

They have expressed repeated concern over this and the scandal created by such instances as Kaine’s invoking Pope Francis to support Planned Parenthood funding in the Zika aid bill, his opposing the federal 20-week fetal pain abortion ban, advocating for ObamaCare, and rallying so-called Pope Francis Catholics to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Now there’s more

Added to his firm support for abortion and other issues in conflict with Church teaching, Kaine explicitly embraced the controversial and extremist liberation theology during his spiritually transforming trip to Honduras with the Jesuits, according to information from CatholicVote and several media outlets.

Kaine touted the Honduras trip again in the debate Tuesday night when asked about the role faith plays in his life, saying, “And I worked with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, now nearly 35 years ago, and they were the heroes of my life.”

Disturbing associations

The CatholicVote memo details how Kaine associated with one of the ideology’s most radical proponents, Father James Carney — a Jesuit priest who believed violence was God’s plan for social and political change. Carney renounced his U.S. citizenship and left the order to be a guerrilla fighter, which would lead to his death.

“I invite all Christians who read this to get rid of any unfair and un-Christian prejudices you have against armed rebellion, socialism, Marxism and communism,” the CatholicVote memo quotes from a book written by Father Carney. “There is no contradiction whatsoever between being a Christian and a priest, and being a Marxist revolutionary.”

Additional troubling details are cited in the report about the priest, whose radical views were well known and who was an exiled radical Marxist when Kaine sought him out by taking a bus trip to Nicaragua and walking several miles.

And today?

Kaine also maintains a relationship with the radical priest’s successor at the radio outlet founded by Father Carney before his death. Radio Progresso is described in the memo as socialist-inspired.

Jesuit Father Ismael Moreno Coto (‘Father Melo’), who has called for land redistribution in Latin America, told Radio Progresso listeners in 2015 “to follow [Father Carney’s] footsteps and memory of struggling to continue to build a more just and equitable society.”

The priest was also a commentator on Kaine for Univision during the Democratic National Convention.

Questions raised

“Given Father Carney’s identification with terrorists and his participation in an armed invasion of Honduras, Father Melo’s call to action begs an important question: Has Father Melo disavowed the radical agenda of his predecessor?” CatholicVote asks. “And what is Tim Kaine’s relationship today to the Melo/Carney ideology?”

CatholicVote’s report also details specifics of the ties between liberation theology and the Soviet bloc and its efforts to attack and undermine the Church.

The Marxist components of liberation theology were condemned in the 1980s and 1990s by the Vatican, the memo says, the same time that Kaine was in Latin America associating with radicals who espoused it. According to the New York Times report, this “theology” put him on a “left-veering career path” influencing his politics to the present day.

Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis have all opposed the radical Marxist nature of liberation theology, the CatholicVote memo notes, and, “To the extent liberation theology today has been rehabilitated or gets any Vatican tolerance or support, it does so only by denying its Marxist elements.”

The Marxist-socialist ideology that Kaine embraced in Honduras complicates the narrative given the public of a goodwill humanitarian missionary trip, the CV memo says, concluding, “Catholic voters and all Americans deserve to know the truth about Kaine’s political philosophy and the role that revolutionary Marxist theology played and may continue to play in the shaping of his political views today.”

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8 comments on “Kaine’s Jesuit mission trip inspired his political and spiritual embrace of ‘liberation theology’

  1. Robin: Gosh, Batman, Marxist Liberation theology and progressive modernist priests supporting Marxist revolutionary movements in the jungles of Latin America make for fascinating stories in Commonweal and The New York Times. But why do liberal perverts LOVE abortion so much?

    Batman: Well, Robin, liberal perverts are usually wrestling with deep issues of anger. Anger at God, anger at their parents, anger at normal married people. Lots of anger directed at normal people. Perhaps they love supporting abortion because having children is one of the most normal things a human being can do.

    Robin: What about liberal perverts supporting abortion and pro-abortion politicians at places like Georgetown and Notre Dame, Batman?

    Batman: Perhaps when a liberal pervert rises to such a position of power and influence as president of a university like Notre Dame they experience a pervert’s thrill of enthroning pro-abortion politicians at commencement ceremonies with phony honorary doctoral degrees because it gives them a prominent, public forum to thumb their nose at their parents and the Church in an anti-social gesture of their perversion, much the way mooning passing cars does for adolescents wrestling with similar issues of repressed sexual expression and abnormal public nudity.

    Robin: But why do they seem to enjoy doing that so much in religious settings?

    Batman: Well, Robin, liberal perverts do unusual things.

    Captain Oveur: They sure do.
    You like sports, don’t you, Joey?

    Joey: Yeah, I guess so.

    Captain Oveur: Well, tell me, Joey, are there any gym teachers or PhysEd teachers at school who spend too much time checking the shower areas in the locker room? Any teachers who like to play doctor? Any who slap kids on the butt with towels rolled into rat-tails?

    Joey: Well, now that you mention it…

  2. June Cleaver: Did anything unusual happen at school today, Beaver. You look a little worried about something.

    Beaver: Well, there’s a new Health class…

    Eddie Haskell: Oh, there is a new sex education program at school that the Frankfurt School-influenced school board approved. I think it has put some ideas into the heads of some of the loose girls at school, Mrs. Cleaver. But I don’t think Wally has tried out any of those ideas yet.

    June Cleaver: Frankfurt School!

    Eddie Haskell: You must always be cautious about infiltration of the International Communist Conspiracy in public schools, Mrs. Cleaver.

    June: I’m worried about what’s happening with Beaver and Wally at school, Ward.

    Ward: I’ll talk to them dear. But the Democrats are running a couple of perverts on this year’s ticket.

    Eddie Haskell: I did hear about that unfortunate incident with Rob Lowe and the two teenage high school girls at the Democratic Convention. I’m sure they’re not girls that Wally has dated.

    Ward: Why don’t you tell us about what happened at school?

    Beaver: Well, Miss Landers said that it was time for us to learn about the birds and the bees. But then she started passing bananas around…

    Ward: Bananas?

    Beaver: And these funny-looking balloon things…

    Ward: Funny-looking balloon things?

    June: Well, maybe they were going to have a balloon launch.

  3. Eddie Haskell: Of course, if Wallace has been dating some of those girls, perhaps you should have a talk with him, Mrs. Cleaver. You never know what kind of deviant Frankfurt School ideas forward girls at school under the influence of the new sex-ed class might put into his head, like the way that immodest Tuesday Weld does on Dobie Gillis. I understand she’s been reading Freud.

    June Cleaver: Eddie!

    Maynard: Man, like a girl like that, can get you into a lot of trouble, Dobie!

    Ward: Why don’t you tell us about the new sex education class at school, Wally.

    Wally: I guess Beaver told you about the teacher passing around bananas in class…

    • Tuesday Weld! She’s still kickin’. I didn’t realize she’s the cousin of the Pot Party’s VP candidate, William Weld, my former super pro-abort gubner.

      • Greatness just seems to run in some families, doesn’t it, Cyprian? ; – )

        At least she didn’t marry Robert Wagner while he starred in “It Takes A Thief” on ABC.

        That could have resulted in some very serious Chronological Reference Material Confusion for male primary school students in the late 60s.

        Confronting the challenge of learning how to read a calendar, while being reminded every week of the tantalizing presence of Mrs. Tuesday Mundy, might have ended up as a cottage industry for child psychologists.

  4. Ward Cleaver: Now, Wally, what does all this have to do with Tuesday Weld spouting Freudian theory on the Dobie Gillis show?

    Wally: That’s just it, Dad. The new teacher for the sex-ed class is Tuesday Weld.

    Ward: Tuesday Weld? She’s the teacher passing around bananas in your class?

    Wally: Yeah. Tuesday Weld. Pretty nutty, huh?

    Ward: Tuesday Weld? June! June! We may have a real problem on our hands!

    Tuesday Weld: So I said, “is this where the applicants for the role of the new teacher for Wally’s sex-ed class should report?” And he said…

    Ward: I’m going to call the school board.

    Tuesday Weld: Now, class, I want you to play close attention…

    Eddie Haskell: Yeah, the kids don’t have a chance.

    Ward: It’s more serious than we thought, June.

    Tuesday Weld: I think field trips are just marvelous! Don’t you, Wally?

    Maynard: Man, like, the school board is laying it on too heavy on Wally, Lumpy, and Eddie Haskell…

    Kookie: Man, like that chick will blow their minds!

    Bob Dylan: The school board is laying it on too heavy on the kids, man!

    Ward: Now, Wally, regardless of whatever the Frankfurt School social engineers have planned for this new class at school, you and I are going to have to have a LONG talk….

  5. Ward: Did anything unusual happen at school today, Beaver?

    Eddie Haskell: I understand that Mr. Cleaver has decided to have a talk with Wallace after that unusual Health class lesson that Miss Weld presented at school. I did notice that she was spending a lot of time with Wallace on the field trip. Of course, you must have your hands full with all of those awkward questions from Theodore after Miss Landers passed around the bananas in class.

    June Cleaver: Ward, have you spoken with Wally yet?

    Kookie: Well, Miss Landers, I bet Mr. and Mrs. Cleaver would be surprised to find out that Beaver’s teacher hangs out with the hipsters at the Beatnik reefer bars on the Sunset Strip!

    Bob Dylan: Well, it seems like Miss Landers takes the Frankfurt School agenda seriously, daddy-o.

    Ward: Beatnik reefer bars?

    June:With the hipsters over on 77 Sunset Strip?

    Tuesday: Hello, may I speak to Wally?

    Batman: I believe you have the wrong number. But let me remind you, Miss Weld, that contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a serious matter!

    Robin: Gosh, Batman, Hillary sure looked nervous when Donald Trump mentioned that all of those Clinton molestation victims were in the audience.

    Batman: Indeed, Robin.

    Robin: But that didn’t seem to stop her from acting morally superior, even when she supports partial-birth abortion and Planned Parenthood’s sale of body parts.

    Batman: A keen observation, Robin.

    Robin: Why is that, Batman?

    Batman: Well, Robin, liberal perverts, pathological narcissists, and sociopaths do
    and say some unusual things. But I don’t think we’ve heard the last from liberal perverts in this election campaign yet.

  6. Robin: Gosh, Batman, that sure is peculiar about liberal perverts gaining control of places like Notre Dame and the Podesta plan to infiltrate the Church.

    Batman: Indeed, it is.

    Robin: But you’re not actually suggesting that Hillary would moon Trump supporters in passing cars?

    Batman: No, I’m not quite suggesting that.

    Batman: But Bill might do that.

    Robin: I guess you’re right, Batman.

    Batman: He has done strange things before. We must never underestimate the liberal mind of a seasoned pervert who works as a puppet for the Illuminati to promote global socialism and Malthusian population control.

    Batman: It wouldn’t be the first time that a liberal pervert has been caught with his pants down.

    Robin: Gosh, Batman, do you think he still smokes cigars?

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