Skip to comments.Ted Kennedy leaves mixed Catholic legacy
Posted on 08/26/2009 1:07:04 PM PDT by NYer
.- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) passed away last night at the age of 77 after a battle with brain cancer. Kennedy, a Catholic, will be remembered for his service to the poor, and dedication to education but also his opposition to pro-life issues.
After a long struggle with brain cancer, last night Sen. Kennedy took a turn for the worse while at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Surrounded by his family members and a priest, Fr. Patrick Tarrant, he passed away around 11:30 p.m.
Fr. Tarrant told BostonChannel.com that Kennedy died while his family prayed. They'd been praying all day, and it was a wonderful experience for me. I don't see it that often," Tarrant said.
Kennedy, known as Ted was the younger brother of both U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Sen. (D-NY) Robert Kennedy who were both assassinated in the 1960s. Their sister, Eunice Kennedy Schriver, who was lauded by the pro-life community died exactly two weeks ago at the age of 88.
The family released a statement following his death saying, Weve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.
Cardinal Sean OMalley, the Archbishop of Boston also emphasized Kennedys devotion to social work as well as his loving family who stood by his side as he faced his illness with courage, dignity and strength.
For nearly half a century, Senator Kennedy was often a champion for the poor, the less fortunate and those seeking a better life. Across Massachusetts and the nation, his legacy will be carried on through the lives of those he served, the cardinal said in a statement.
Archbishop Daniel Wurel of Washington, D.C. also offered his condolences to Kennedys family and emphasized the senators commitments to alleviating poverty as well as his strong support of the areas Catholic schools.
Wurel recalled that for five years, the senator and Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) organized a dinner to benefit the schools. As a result, thousands of disadvantaged children in the District of Columbia have had their lives transformed through a quality Catholic education."
Both Wurel and OMalley offered to pray for the repose of Kennedys soul and that his family may find strength in Christ.
Kennedy's political aspirations were curtailed by an incident in 1969, when he accidentally drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick island in Massachusetts. While Kennedy was able to escape from the car, his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne could not free herself and drowned.
Kennedy did not report the accident until nearly nine hours later.
With so many questions as to why he waited to contact the police as well as with his fragmented account of the incident, his aspirations for the U.S. presidency remained unfulfilled.
Kennedy was involved in other controversies. As a Catholic, though he worked hard for the poor, he was criticized by bishops and pro-life leaders for supporting Roe v. Wade, the use of fetal tissue in experiments and for voting against a ban on partial-birth abortion.
Although he did not support legalized abortion early in his political career, he later earned a 100% NARAL Pro-Choice America rating. In contrast, Kennedy was rated as voting 0% of the time on pro-life issues.
Sen. Ted Kennedy will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to his brothers John and Robert.
Uhhh you forgot Mary Jo
Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wurel continue the long, well-established, treasured tradition of the American Catholic ecclesiastical hierarchy in Boston, New York, Washington, DC, etc. of bowing to and honoring the extremely wealthy and politically-powerful like the Kennedy family. They don’t sell indulgences any more, they simply indicate that adherence to Catholic teaching on the sacraments and abortion is a ‘pocket-book’ issue. This is fully justifiable as doing otherwise would threaten diocesan budgets.
It’s the same in New Hampshire.
2) Abortion advocate
3) Sodomony advocate
Speaking well of the dead probably has its place -— but I don’t know where. Someone was either a good person or they weren’t I shared some wonderful stories about my dad but the other stuff was always there because it is part of who he was.
Matthew 22:21 - "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."
As the Book of Ecclesiastes reminds us: What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun.
"Dodd and Kennedy were also reported to have made a 'human sandwich' with a waitress at La Brasserie, another Capitol Hill restaurant. The report had it that Kennedy threw the woman on Dodd, who was slumped in a chair, and then jumped on top of her. She was said to have run screaming from the room."
"When she put in an appearance in their private retreat - 'The Teddy Kennedy Fun Room' - the Massachusetts senator picked her up and heaved her onto a table. The crystal candlesticks and champagne glasses shattered as he grabbed her again and flung her on top of Dodd.
"Then Kennedy threw himself on top of the woman. The waitress implored Mr. Kennedy to 'Get off me!'
"Another waitress entered to find 'things all tipped over and Kennedy was on top, [the waitress] was in the middle and Dodd was on the bottom.' At that point the sandwich was disassembled."
La Brasserie, a French restaurant on Capitol Hill, closed last month, after a 27-year history of catering to political bigwigs and Hollywood A-listers.
"It was quite a Hill institution," said Lynne Breaux, executive director of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, who has eaten there several times. "It was a lovely restaurant."
La Brasserie was located in a town house on Massachusetts Avenue Northeast. It served such politicos as the late Sen. Daniel Moynihan, New York Democrat, former Vice President Al Gore and the late Rep. Sonny Bono, California Republican, as well as actors like Jimmy Stewart, Paul Newman and Jane Fonda, [and who could forget Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd making unique contributions to our sandwich menu] said Lynne Campet, a former co-owner of the restaurant.
"A lot of important people dined there," she said.
Mrs. Campet and her husband, Raymond, bought the restaurant in 1978 with Gaby and Marie Aubouin. At the time, it was a Greek-owned restaurant called Maxim's and previously a cafe called La Ruche.
Mr. Campet and Mr. Aubouin, who worked at the French Embassy together, built the restaurant into a neighborhood favorite. The outdoor patio was "very special," Mrs. Campet said, adding that diners sought the tables under the property's big tree.
The 2003 Zagat Survey, which rates restaurants in different markets, said La Brasserie's terrace "transports one to Paris."
The French-inspired menu included such items as the cold three pepper soup, crabmeat and mozzarella lasagna, homemade tarts and creme brulee.
In 1992, the restaurant was sold to sisters Audrey and Karinne Dequeker, who could not be reached for comment yesterday.
I wouldn't know. As for hypocrisy, what is your understanding of a Catholic annulment.
Hideous and Putrid?
Outrageous and Reprehensible?
From the outside looking in, it is easy to judge and cast aspirations towards others. Perhaps your uncle was a "good man at heart" but God will be the judge of that, not you.
"Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
First, let me say that I take pleasure in no man’s death and I send condolences to the survivors.
However, referring to Senator Kennedy as a Catholic is ridiculous to say the least. He did not live as a Catholic should, and his voting record flew in the face of non-negotiable teachings of the Church.
He may have darkened the doorstep of a church from time to time, but that signifies nothing. You can put a cat in the oven but that don’t make it a biscuit.
I wonder how many conservatives don’t want to darken their doors because they are so looie-liberal?
I'm unaware of anything the the blowhard ever did FOR the poor. He treated them like fools for their vote and was rewarded handsomely, but what did he ever do for the poor?
I guess the author means his "presidential ambitions" died along with Mary Jo. In my mind, that makes her a national hero.
Was Mary Jo expected to "free" herself? I've read several articles about the tragedy on the internet, but can't recall reading anything about Kennedy trying to save her.
To address the subject: pro-abortion Catholics defy the Church. No amount of work for the poor is compensation for the taking of innocent life, but maybe it will count in Purgatory.
DC Archbishop Wuerl has long demonstrated his own status as an AmChurch leftist invertebrate. In Pittsburgh, he resisted Marian devotions. In Seattle, he was a failure as coadjutor archbishop. In DC, he has already indicated that he will not deny the Body and Blood of Christ to self-excommunicated politicians which makes him complicit in their sin of sacrilege. The sooner he retires, the better. May he be replaced by a Catholic when he goes.
Sean Cardinal O'Malley had a decent reputation in Fall River and Palm Beach before being named to Boston. This situation was a moral test for him and a leadership test as well. He failed on both counts from the looks of the press reports.
He is not only allowing a Church funeral for Ted the apparently unrepentant Swimmer (fortunately not at the cathedral but in a Catholic diocesan Church nonetheless) but he is also apparently going to allow Comrade Obama to take to the pulpit for the now traditional Pelagian heretical "eulogy" telling us how sure it is that the late excommunicated baby killer and human whale is certainly, according to no less than Comrade O, in heaven. All this in the direct presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Obama should not be allowed to enter ANY Roman Catholic premises and O'Malley well knows it. Time to replace O'Malley with a Roman Catholic archbishop as well.
“Appalling and Disgusting?
Hideous and Putrid?
Outrageous and Reprehensible?”
Is there anything worse than that? If not, I guess that’s about it.
Agree with you 100%.
Not surprising catholic leadership for the past 50 years have no credibility among faithful, believing catholics.
Let’s not forget how the Kennedy clan celebrates the end of lent and the day before Easter by getting rip roaring drunk at a club in Palm Beach Fla. and having his nephew rape a girl on the family beach all the while Teddy is walking around with nothing on but a dress shirt.
During his court testimony Teddy stated it was the traditional Easter family weekend.
Drunk, philanderer,murderer. Hope he made a good confession.
Liberals never give to charity. They are like Scrooge. “Are there no workhouse...”In the Middle Ages, families lie this would give fortunes to monasteries to have masses said for their souls. That seems not to be the style of liberal Catholics.
Socialism does not serve the poor, it serves to impoverish the middle class, and mire the poor in dependency.
This is a marvelous quote. Is it yours or is it from something I should know?
I am offended that anybody could characterize the late Sen. Ted Kennedy as having a “mixed” Catholic history. The man was for abortion, he got divorced, he did not attend Mass regularly and much of what he did was hateful and completely antithetical to the Catholic church. He grew up Catholic but dishonored his family and his Church by the way he acted. Doesn’t sound like a good Catholic to me.
Nothing new about the ideas, but the specific words are mine. I guess. I wasn’t consciously quoting anybody.
Hmmmm. “Mixed legacy.” Maybe we cannot judge the soul, but by the fruits I’d say it is mixed like Ripple and Root Beer.