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Mr. Kennedy’s Religion: Honored in Death, What About in Life?

Well, the Lying in Repose, the Celebration, the Memorial Service and the Funeral are over. And the respect for Sir Ted Kennedy will live on. (You can read more here.)
And after it all, what I will remember most about this weekend’s activities will be the significant references to Mr. Kennedy’s religious life. For all of the liberals’ talk of the separation of church and state, it amazes me how much a governmental leader’s religious life seems more acceptable in death than it is in life.
There was a prayer service for “at least 80 current and former members of Congress for brief prayer service this morning at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum,” according to the Boston Globe.
According to a leading media agency–not an evangelical or conservative one but CNN itself–the “Rev. Daniel Coughlin — chaplain of the House of Representatives said a prayer and addressed the family” at a prayer service outside the U.S. Capitol.
A favorite prayer of his, the Magnificat, was relayed by a priest to a national audience watching on television.
“My father was not perfect,” said his son, Ted Jr. at the Memorial service, “but he believed in redemption.”
“Go now, to your place of rest. And meet the Lord, your God,” said the Rev. Daniel Coughlin, the House chaplain.

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“Ted Kennedy has gone home now, guided by his faith and by the light of those he has loved and lost,” President Obama proclaimed. “May God Bless Ted Kennedy, and may he rest in eternal peace.” His full speech can be read here.
And Mr. Kennedy had written a letter to the Pope. “I am writing with deep humility to ask that you pray for me as my own health declines,” said President Kennedy’s letter. “I was diagnosed with brain cancer more than a year ago, and although I continue treatment the disease is taking its toll on me. I am 77 years old, and preparing for the next passage of life.”
There is much talk of how Mr. Kennedy’s passing will affect the national health care debate. I, for one, wish the reflections on his spiritual life would affect our national spirituality discussion. We need the lift.

  • Kris Rasmussen

    It’s seems a bit irresponsible I have to say to discuss Kennedy’s spiritual side without discussing how his politics did not align with his Catholicism.And how the prayers at his funeral were used for rehearsed political propaganda.
    Here are two links where two priests have had the courage to say what most media would not.
    http://www.thecatholicthing.org/content/view/2120/2/
    http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/aug/09083107.html

  • JOYCE BISCOTTI

    LOVE IS WHAT WE LEAVE FOR EVERYONE.. LOVE IS GOD AND GOD IS LOVE..
    WE NEED MORE OF IT,, FOR EVERYONE..
    PEACE BE WITH ALL OF US..
    JOYCE

  • churchmouse

    “And after it all, what I will remember most about this weekend’s activities will be the significant references to Mr. Kennedy’s religious life. For all of the liberals’ talk of the separation of church and state, it amazes me how much a governmental leader’s religious life seems more acceptable in death than it is in life.”
    What I will remember is the pomp and circumstance that was given to a person in politics and how the American taxpayer probably had to foot the bill for it all. How much money did it take to pay the extra security to guard the dignitaries and all the past presidents that were in attendance?
    This had nothing to do with separation of church and state it was a funeral and a display of wealth and prestige that one party does for one of their own.
    “And Mr. Kennedy had written a letter to the Pope. “I am writing with deep humility to ask that you pray for me as my own health declines,” said President Kennedy’s letter. “I was diagnosed with brain cancer more than a year ago, and although I continue treatment the disease is taking its toll on me. I am 77 years old, and preparing for the next passage of life.”
    How hypocritical. He was pro-abortion and voted pro-choice and then writes to the Pope and asks for mercy and prayer. He didn’t do one thing while in office for the unborn in the womb did he? Had socialized medicine been in place when he was diagnosed with cancer, he would have been able to get treatment because of his position and wealth but the average patient at his age would have been denied.
    Why should we concentrate on the faith he had? He did not value life and did not revere the teachings of the Catholic Church.
    He was a hypocrite and obviously did not understand the Bible especially about the love God had for the unborn child.

  • roguie vachon

    The era of the Kennedys is over and I for one am glad.
    Ted was a younger son of a family of privileged men (who didn’t value women very much) who grew up wealthy in an era when to be good looking, photogenic, wealthy and smart was enough to earn a Presidential bid.
    The hypocrisy of a bootlegger’s son inheriting the national mantle of state never seemed to bother anybody, and the Kennedys were much less of the poor huddled masses than anyone.
    I don’t admire Ted K and i don’t think he could have walked one day in my shoes for the last 20 years. To say his contributions were matchless is overstating things, and if a woman in public life had made the Kopechne mistakes her political career would have been over, not ending with a Presdient speaking the eulogy.
    Goodbye to an era, indeed.

  • H.DOLPHIA

    Maybe Bennie never had a mother to explain to him that it is as wrong to run with scissors as it is to make a pretense of sittting on the throne of Christ if you are not going to make the same effort as he did. The pope’s behavior is not how a disciple of Christ is supposed to behave and anyone whose ever picked up a Bible shcould know that what he did was wrong. The Bible says Jesus said Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethern that you do unto me but the man did not have ears hear. The same goes for all of the hypocrites frothing at the mouth with their demented gibberish attacking a family in their time of grief. Your pope is a foolish low class piece of white trash who took the cowardly way out and chose to ignore the request of someone who was showing the way , the truth and the light for a pompous fool with an incredible ego problem. The pope failed but Jesus does not care because Jesus is now cursing him and all of his arrogant friends who think they can turn their backs on God. Jesus came to save sinners not to sit around in a fancy dress and try to look important while doing nothing to stop the increase of evil in the world.

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