Tim Kaine, a self-professed “traditional Catholic”, has been chosen as Hillary Clinton’s vice president nominee for 2016. Yesterday he stated, “I’m a Catholic. Hillary is a Methodist. Her creed is the same as mine: Do all the good you can.”
Methodism is a form of Protestantism and Protestantism is heresy.
Protestantism may agree with the Church on the Most Holy Trinity and certain other doctrines, but Protestantism rejects the Immaculate Conception, the infallibility of the pope in matters of faith and morals; it professes Scripture alone excluding Tradition and the Magisterium, justification by faith alone (not by faith and works), and most forms of the Protestantism reject the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist in favor of a mere symbolism (that Jesus is only symbolically present in the bread and wine as they say).
If Methodism were the same as Catholicism, then it would be Catholicism, not Methodism. Methodism rejects the Real Presence, transubstantiation, justification by faith and works, the infallibility of the pope on faith and morals, the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption, etc. More and more Methodists are also dissenting from the Church on abortion, homosexuality and other social issues, and then there’s the “ordination” of women.
The bottom line is Kaine is once again the product of watered down catechesis and is using this in a political agenda of “Do all the good you can”. What does that even mean if Methodists and Catholics don’t even agree on everything? Once again it sounds like distorting Christian charity to push for things contrary to Church doctrine. But surely we can all agree to disagree, hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Wait, no?
Protestantism is a 16th century European novelty produced by people who largely rejected Sacred Tradition which started with the apostolic age and continues to this day. Without it they have a major gap in Christian history and cannot claim they teach the faith as the early Christians did. Unless they use Sacred Tradition, over time their interpretation of Scripture and connection to orthodoxy gets lost over time.