Kaine's Bishop: Catholic Church Won't 'Evolve' on Same-Sex Marriage

"Marriage remains unchanged and resolute."

The self-described "Catholic" Tim Kaine believes his Church will one day "evolve" on the issue of same-sex marriage. According to Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Virginia – Kaine's diocese – that will never happen. Period.

In a statement released Tuesday, Bishop DiLorenzo reiterated concrete Catholic doctrine that marriage still remains, and will always remain, between a man and a woman. 

More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage, and despite recent statements from the campaign trail, the Catholic Church’s 2000-year-old teaching to the truth about what constitutes marriage remains unchanged and resolute.

As Catholics, we believe, all humans warrant dignity and deserve love and respect, and unjust discrimination is always wrong. Our understanding of marriage, however, is a matter of justice and fidelity to our Creator’s original design. Marriage is the only institution uniting one man and one woman with each other and with any child who comes from their union. Redefining marriage furthers no one’s rights, least of all those of children, who should not purposely be deprived of the right to be nurtured and loved by a mother and a father. 

Though the Bishop never mentioned Kaine by name, his statement comes directly on the heels of a speech Kaine gave to LGBT advocates at a Human Rights Campaign's annual gala over the weekend where he predicted the Catholic Church will change its established doctrine. 

"I think it's going to change," Kaine said to cheers. "Because my church also teaches me about a creator who, in the first chapter of Genesis, surveyed the entire world, including mankind, and said, 'It is very good.'"

Hillary Clinton's campaign has declined to respond to Bishop DiLorenzo's statement. Tim Kaine also opposes the Church on abortion, reiterating oft-repeated excuse among the Catholic left that he's "personally opposed, but..."

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