The late Senator Edward M. Kennedy seemed to mend his differences with the Catholic Church just before his death. But less than two months later, his youngest son has plunged into a firestorm of controversy with the church.
Why would anyone leave their own children to live out the remainder of their lives in a legacy of spiritual chaos?
I just can't wrap my head around that kind of selfishness.
Ted Kennedy was given the precious gift of having months of spiritual direction and counseling of Catholic priests at his bedside.
I just can 't imagine wasting precious time and energy authoring a letter to your Pope about your accomplishments, orchestrating the President of the United States to hand deliver it while leaving your own family ignorant about your epiphany.
Kennedy, speaking in support of a public option for a proposed universal health care plan, told Catholic News Service in an article posted Thursday that he found it perplexing that the church would oppose the health insurance plan.
“I can’t understand for the life of me how the Catholic Church could be against the biggest social justice issue of our time, where the very dignity of the human person is being respected by the fact that we’re caring and giving health care to the human person - that right now we have 50 million people who are uninsured,’’ Kennedy said.
He added: “You mean to tell me the Catholic Church is going to be denying those people life-saving health care? I thought they were prolife? If the church is prolife, then they ought to be for health care reform, because it’s going to provide health care that are going to keep people alive
Bishop Tobin stepped right up to the plate:
Tobin had outlined his concerns in a Sept. 21 letter he sent to the Rhode Island congressional delegation, saying he could not support any legislation “that diminishes human dignity or threatens the right to life.’’
Yesterday, he was more direct, saying that Kennedy’s comments were “irresponsible and ignorant of the facts.’’
“But the congressman is correct in stating that he ‘can’t understand,’ ’’ Tobin said. “He got that part right.’’
The bishop explained the church’s stance, saying that while the church supports health care overhaul, “we are adamantly opposed to health care legislation that threatens the life of unborn children, requires taxpayers to pay for abortion, rations health care, or compromises the conscience of individuals.
“Congressman Kennedy continues to be a disappointment to the Catholic Church and to the citizens of the state of Rhode Island,’’ the bishop said. “I believe the congressman owes us an apology for his irresponsible comments. It is my fervent hope and prayer that he will find a way to provide morally responsible leadership for our state.’’
That seemed to shut him up:
A Kennedy spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment yesterday.
And, of course, no story about the Kennedys is complete without the incompetence of the Boston Cathedra:
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, of the Boston diocese, also participated in the senator’s funeral, in spite of criticism, and explained later that “we will stop the practice of abortion by changing the law, and we will be successful in changing the law if we change people’s hearts.’’
“We will not change hearts by turning away from people in their time of need and when they are experiencing grief of loss,’’ O’Malley said.
Tell that to the dozens of falsely accused priests in Boston but that is a story for another time.
Everyone knows that turning away people when they experience grief of loss is the antithesis of the Catholic Church. Everyone supports outreach to this beautiful family.
The Cardinal is not facing his permission and participation in permitting the Sanctuary to be held hostage by family members and the President to put the official stamp of approval of the Catholics on the policies Ted Kennedy worked on his whole life as the road to salvation.
My own children may not like what I'm called to teach them. More often than not, there's a dust up when I won't give them permission to do things I know are not good for their well-being. Responding to their losses and grief in life have nothing at all to do with the responsibilities of teaching right from wrong.
Responsible parents wouldn't teach their own children about moral sexuality and host a party for Planned Parenthood to espouse the heavenly nature of sleeping around while they pray quietly in a corner or bring people who are not their husbands and wives home and sleep with them in front of their children.
The Cardinal is kidding himself about what went awry. He just can't seem to face his own duplicity. Patrick Kennedy memorializes the legacy of Cardinal O'Malley's train wreck.
The comments on the story seem to indicate that the Kennedys have lost their patina, even with Boston Globe readers.
This one, to me, hits the nail on the head:
The only difference between abortion and murder is time.
Both abortion and murder seem to be okay with Kennedys