The poor slob is in the news was deprived of a few valuable lessons on life.
The first is a lesson I learned in the second grade when I passed note to a classmate saying Sister Mary Hollarian was mean:
If you're going to say or do something stupid, don't write it down.
The codes corresponded to sexual acts, with 10 meaning intercourse, Mary told a confidant. There are 37 women named in the ledger, 16 of whom get 10s.
The poor guy had it bad.
Kennedy writes near the end of his jail sentence that he has a “three-point plan” for “fixing my greatest defect . . . my lust demons.” He doesn’t write down the plan, leaving the subsequent days of the diary blank.
Second lesson: You can't fight your demons without the Sacraments of the Catholic Church.
An entry five days later reads “Drove to Cape with Mary and all the kids.” By mid-August, he again records women’s names in the back of his journal.
Kennedy holds back on any detailed description of his conquests and bizarrely portrays himself as a kind of victim. He uses the word “mugged” as shorthand for being seduced.
“I narrowly escaped being mugged by a double team of [two women]. It was tempting but I prayed and God gave me the strength to say no,” he writes on Feb. 6. A few days later, on Valentine’s Day, he gives his pregnant wife orchids, he notes.
On May 21, he writes about hosting dinner for Leonardo DiCaprio, driving the actor to the city and then meeting someone else in Manhattan. He notes he “got mugged on my way home,” recording a 10 with the name of a woman next to it.
“I’ve got to do better,” he adds.
I'm not sure the word mugged is all that bizarre. I don't think he's talking about the women. (Are there that many women who will degrade their precious gift of human sexuality by hopping into the sack for a one-night stand?)
I was relieved to read he called upon the Name of Jesus in the crucible of his temptation.
Here's your three-point plan:
1. Pick up the phone and make an appointment with the priest for the Sacrament of Confession and make a firm purpose of amendment.
2. As soon as you receive the Sacrament, go to Mass and receive the Eucharist.
3. Do it every day if you have to.
The power in that plan is incapable of failing us.
Sincerely following the three-point plan, the Eucharist has as much power as you want to draw from It.
What do you think the chances are that the folks in the Chancery are going to pastor the souls of a political family to salvation?
Slim to none.
Bishop Tobin put a sincere effort into Patrick and others, but sixty years of gross negligence from the policies of Bryan Hehir et al in Boston...it's a bit hard to overcome.
This is a perfect example of how families can suffer for generations so priests and bishops could be invited to swanky cocktail parties with political movers and shakers.
I hope the guy found his way.