According to the media, in 1980 Tim Kaine took a life transforming “mission” trip to Latin America where he met Soviet sympathizing radical mentors. This trip may provide details as to why Kaine follows a liberal ideology that reflects in his politics.
Reports show that while in Honduras, “Mr. Kaine embraced an interpretation of the gospel, known as liberation theology…”
Liberation theology was a radical, Marxist-based ideology at odds with the Church, the pope, and the United States. However, this ideology was supported by the Soviet Union.
According to The Hill,“Tim Kaine’s political formation wasn’t pro-American or pro-Catholic, it was pro-Soviet.”
Around the time Kaine was in Honduras, Jesuits were arrested for gunrunning, and, the next year, the Honduran government banned any more American Jesuits from coming to that country because of their left-wing activism.
An American-born Jesuit was expelled and had to leave the Jesuit religious community because he was too radical for them. That priest was Father Jim Carney, and he was a mentor who Kaine traveled across the border into Soviet-supported Nicaragua, and walked several miles to meet.
According to a recent New York Times report, Carney’s death was “murky” and hardened Kaine’s distrust of American involvement in the region.
While many details on Kaine’s ideology, his past, and his mentors are also “murky” looking further into Kaine’s history may explain some facets of his liberal agenda such as his soft stance on immigration.