Steven Waldman
August 2009 Archives

Ted Kennedy wrote a letter to Pope Benedict asking for his prayers. The Holy Father wrote back in part: The Holy Father has read the letter which you entrusted to President Barack Obama, who kindly presented it to him during […]

Cardinal Sean O’Malley presided over Ted Kennedy’s funeral. Cardinal McCarrick presided over the burial ceremony, reading the prayers that were offered Kennedy by Pope Benedict XVI. But Kennedy’s death illustrates once again a split in the Catholic church, which is […]

Mrs. Kennedy, Kara, Edward, Patrick, Curran, Caroline, members of the Kennedy family, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:Today we say goodbye to the youngest child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy. The world will long remember their son Edward as the heir […]

The New York Times had a lovely piece about Ted Kennedy’s desire to have a “good ending” to his life. A priest led Mass each week and there was much prayer, and repitition of some of the simple wordly pleasures: […]

You know things have gotten confusing when even the independent “fact checking” organizations can’t agree with each other. The question that tripped them up: does health care reform cover abortion? last week said Obama was misleading when he claimed […]

A while back, I wrote a behind-the-scenes book about the passage in 1993 of the law creating AmeriCorps. That national service program is sometimes called the “Domestic Peace Corps,” a reference to the international service program established by President John […]

“When you survey the impact of the Kennedys on American life and politics and policy, he will end up by far being the most significant.” –Norman Ornstein, political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute Given his personal problems (Chappaquiddick, drinking, […]

In my inbox today was a promotion for this TV show: “The Way of the Master” is an evangelical ministry created by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron to train Christians in the art of apologetics and open-air evangelism. A new […]