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Roman Catholic bishop in Rhode Island criticizes Kaine

Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop says many of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine's views conflict with "well-established Catholic teachings."

Kaine, a Catholic, was chosen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's running mate Friday.

Bishop Thomas Tobin in a Facebook post Saturday took issue with Kaine's positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions and the ordination of women. Tobin says it's apparent Kaine's faith is not "central to his public, political life."

His spokeswoman said Monday he had nothing to add.

In 2009, Tobin asked then-U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy not to take Communion because of the Democrat's views.

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

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



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