Protesters outside Kaine's RVA church: 'He is a Catholic in grave error'

Published: Sep. 8, 2016 at 11:37 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2016 at 9:10 AM EDT
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(Source: Virginia Christian Alliance)
(Source: Virginia Christian Alliance)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Protesters recently gathered in front of Tim Kaine's church St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Richmond's Highland Park.

People held signs that read, "You can't be Catholic and pro-abortion, pro-same sex marriage, pro-gay adoption, and pro-transgender bathrooms."

Another sign had the message, "Tim Kaine may have a friendly and paternal demeanor, but he is no friend of the Catholic Church and no friend of children."

"Tim Kaine has really excommunicated himself from the Catholic Faith. To say he his is a Catholic in name only is really even going too far," said protest organizer Frances Bouton, who is from Virginia Beach.

"And as far as his standing in the church, he is in 'grave error.' To be in 'grave error' just means that your soul is on a trajectory to go to Hell. Let's put it that way."

As a matter of fact, Bouton says Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her running mate Kaine are both downright evil.

"And so Trump, while not the perfect candidate, at least is definitely the lesser of two evils, and so I support him," said Bouton.

Bouton is currently in the minority. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is trailing amongst most Catholics. A new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute shows Clinton leading Trump by 23 points, 55 percent to 32 percent.

Kaine's fellow parishioner Rosann Boecciarelli believes Kaine will only help the ticket.

"Tim Kaine's record speaks for itself," said Rosann. "And I think he has been exemplary in the work he's done for social justice, which is keeping with our church's teachings."

Rosann calls Kaine an exemplary Catholic.

"Since his time working with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, to his time as a young lawyer fighting court battles for fair housing for everyone," Rosann remarked. "Throughout his many roles as a public servant, he has been fighting for social justice, especially for children. This is the real deal. None of this is for show. Tim Kaine comes to mass with his family. This is his church. He has been there. He has sung in the choir."

Rosann insists this group's opinions of Kaine are not shared by those at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church.

"He's beloved," said Rosann. "He's beloved by his fellow parishioners."

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