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Mary Richardson Kennedy funeral: Divided families bid RFK Jr.ís wife fairwell
New York Daily News ^ | 5/19/12 | Henrick Karoliszyn, Joanna Molloy AND Larry Mcshane

Posted on 05/19/2012 11:22:38 AM PDT by Huntress

Two divided families united in mourning Saturday for an emotional farewell to Mary Richardson Kennedy just three days after her shocking suicide.

Dozens of family members and celebrity friends — including Caroline Kennedy, John McEnroe, Edward James Olmos, Glen Close and Chevy Chase — filled St. Patrick’s Church in Mount Kisco for the funeral.

A police escort brought a gray hearse carrying her body to the house of worship, with her estranged husband Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and their four children trailing in a black Town Car.

Matriarch Ethel Kennedy, a veteran of such grim family gatherings, rode behind them inside a black SUV. A dozen pallbearers brought the wooden casket inside.

It was the same church where the couple’s children — Conor, Kyra, William and Aiden, ranging in age from 11 to 17 — received their First Communion.

The three oldest kids, along with one of Mary’s sisters, helped steer the casket on its final journey.

The church was absolutely still as the children accompanied their mother body inside the intimate stone church, where huge vases of white roses and delphiniums flanked the altar.

“She was an angel,” said high school friend Virginia Warner. “It was a fitting tribute.”

Comedian Larry David, scheduled to speak at the service, was too distraught to address the mourners. Daughter Kyra read a psalm in one of the funeral’s most touching moments.

At another point, many in the crowd wept when the song “Amazing Grace” reached the lines, “Through many dangers, toils and snares/We have already come.”

The mourners filled the 300 seats in the pews and spread along the side aisles and the lobby.

Kerry Kennedy, the dead woman’s sister-in-law and friend since boarding school, provided a touch of levity with tales from Mary’s political past.

In one, while working for Andy Warhol, she convinced the pop artist to donate a painting as a fund-raiser for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.


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1 posted on 05/19/2012 11:22:43 AM PDT by Huntress
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To: Huntress
Forget it, Jake.

It's the Kennedys.

2 posted on 05/19/2012 11:24:12 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: Huntress

RIP Mary Kennedy. I am curious as to why the Catholic Church was willing to give her a church funeral, given that she was a suicide. Could some Catholic Freepers enlighten me?


3 posted on 05/19/2012 11:24:33 AM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Huntress

Imagine the evil she witnessed over the years.

May God have mercy.


4 posted on 05/19/2012 11:27:51 AM PDT by Tau Food (Trust God. Reject Obama. Reject Romney. Reject all evil.)
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To: Huntress

One American Family I can’t stand is the Kennedy family.What a bunch of pompous asses who want to regulate how we live but yet their own miserable lives suck.

It’s really No wonder why they have experienced such tragedy in their lives through the years.


5 posted on 05/19/2012 11:28:45 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Huntress

Or was it provided by a Protestant/evangelical minister but in that same building?

I do not know if reasons for the suicide are considered by the clergy, whether that sin could be forgivable. Despairing of having to put up with the Kennedys might almost be considered venal without additional factors (OK, I’m being very sardonic about it and I’m one of those lousy Protestants too).


6 posted on 05/19/2012 11:32:44 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Despairing of having to put up with the Kennedys...”

I think I would just change my name and relocate under an assumed identity;)


7 posted on 05/19/2012 11:39:12 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Huntress

Well considering the mutant pond scum she was married to I would consider it more of a murder by extreme mental torture.


8 posted on 05/19/2012 11:40:41 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Frank_2001

I guess one could split without having to split for eternity. Oh the juicy scandal... a Kennedy absconded for parts unknown!


9 posted on 05/19/2012 11:40:57 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Huntress
RIP Mary Kennedy. I am curious as to why the Catholic Church was willing to give her a church funeral, given that she was a suicide. Could some Catholic Freepers enlighten me?

I'm no expert on Catholic doctrine but I believe that the Church accepts the existence of mental illness.Both depression and schizophrenia are clearly documented to involve abnormal chemistry of the brain and,as a result,I'd be *very* surprised if she was denied a Catholic burial.

10 posted on 05/19/2012 11:41:18 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: Huntress

I was thinking the same thing. But then, they let that slug Jabba the Senator receive communion after a divorce and a midnight swim.


11 posted on 05/19/2012 11:41:40 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Huntress
I pity *any* woman who would voluntarily associate herself with the Kennedys.
12 posted on 05/19/2012 11:42:55 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: Huntress

I choose to think the pills and alcohol took voer
How could a Mother leave her children to face this?


13 posted on 05/19/2012 11:44:57 AM PDT by RWGinger (Simpl)
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To: Huntress

Suicide is the most selfish acts one can do

She continues the kennedy curse...of their own making


14 posted on 05/19/2012 11:45:01 AM PDT by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

There’s a parallel in orthodox Jewish theology for those who are considered to have been “as distressed as Saul” (of the Old Testament, who fell on his sword rather than accept humiliation). Where the act is considered as though it were not willed by a reasoning person, although personal choices may have played a part in getting the person into the situation in which the act occurred.


15 posted on 05/19/2012 11:46:54 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Huntress
I am curious as to why the Catholic Church was willing to give her a church funeral, given that she was a suicide. Could some Catholic Freepers enlighten me?

The Catholic church will overlook anything if you have the financial means or celebrity.
16 posted on 05/19/2012 11:48:32 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’ve never understood why the Kennedy family is considered by some to be American royalty. What did they ever do to deserve such accolades? Who decided that they should be celebrities/quasi-royalty?


17 posted on 05/19/2012 11:49:10 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: PzLdr
"I was thinking the same thing. But then, they let that slug Jabba the Senator receive communion after a divorce and a midnight swim."

Think of history would have been different if he had been driving a VW instead of an Olds.

Ted Ad

18 posted on 05/19/2012 11:50:54 AM PDT by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: RWGinger

Quite possible. Carelessly used drugs (alcohol being one), which she had hoped to provide an escape from the despair and distress, instead trapped her more tightly in it.

I can’t fathom the web of lies and delusion one would have to accept to get along in the Kennedy family. It would have (so to speak) driven Sigmund Freud insane.


19 posted on 05/19/2012 11:51:28 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Huntress

It is now considered mental illness, I believe.


20 posted on 05/19/2012 11:53:35 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Sheer self assertive hubris.


21 posted on 05/19/2012 11:53:40 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

They did....Money can buy a good PR man.


22 posted on 05/19/2012 11:54:03 AM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: preacher

I remember that ad from the Lampoon. When I was in Recruiting, we came up for an ad for armor enlistments. Involved driving an M 60 over VW. Some Gen. in the Pentagon made the ad agency change it to a wall.

Poor VW, the Dangerfield of autos!


23 posted on 05/19/2012 11:54:55 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: hoosiermama

But then imagine having to live up to the image. I can’t imagine a less forgiving world to be in.


24 posted on 05/19/2012 11:55:15 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Huntress

the kennedys callously abuse women; if Ted was there they’d have to keep him from running around in his boxer shorts.


25 posted on 05/19/2012 11:55:54 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: 4buttons

Because of course they are perfumed princes.


26 posted on 05/19/2012 11:57:01 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Huntress

The church had a funeral mass in 1960 for my cousin who committed suicide.


27 posted on 05/19/2012 11:57:37 AM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Huntress
RFK, Jr. always did seem like a phony -- the guy whose grandfather bought the presidency for his own son going around talking in his funny voice about how "our democracy" was being threatened by corporations (like the ones his family had invested in).

But it wasn't quite clear how much of a phony he was. Right now he's out there with John Edwards as a major league hypocrite and poseur.

28 posted on 05/19/2012 11:59:03 AM PDT by x
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To: Huntress
Chevy Chase

Wonder if he fell down. 'cuz, like, you know, Comedic GOLD! < |:/~

29 posted on 05/19/2012 11:59:39 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Huntress; crosshairs
Could some Catholic Freepers enlighten me?

Sure. It used to be common practice to deny a church funeral to a suicide. However, someone's subjective culpability for a sin depends on their mental freedom and ability to understand the sinfulness of their act. The theory today is that most suicides are sufficiently depressed or otherwise mentally disturbed that they cannot, with certainty, be held completely subjectively culpable for their sin. So its very rare today for a suicide to be denied a church funeral.

And, pace crosshairs, the fact that a Kennedy was involved has nothing to do with it.

30 posted on 05/19/2012 12:00:44 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
I've never understood why the Kennedy family is considered by some to be American royalty. What did they ever do to deserve such accolades?

Because the Kennedy family made the ultimate sacrifice by having two brothers assassinated and the media had the template to drive the liberal agenda...

Kennedy Camelot was a great media marketing ploy...

31 posted on 05/19/2012 12:01:38 PM PDT by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

“I am curious as to why the Catholic Church was willing to give her a church funeral, given that she was a suicide.”

...I wonder why the Catholic Church is willing to allow any of these abortion supporting, pathetic excuses for human beings into the church in the 1st place.


32 posted on 05/19/2012 12:03:59 PM PDT by albie
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To: puppypusher

As far as I’m concerned it all goes back to the patriarch,Old Joe Kennedy.

He wanted power for his sons and pushed,fought,and paid for it.

They became arrogant and entitled and I truly pity any woman who married a Kennedy man.


33 posted on 05/19/2012 12:05:08 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Huntress

Jr. didn’t give two-$hits about her while she was alive. Now that she’s dead, he’s going to capitalize on the political opportunity to make himself look like a caring husband. Just another slime ball Kennedy.


34 posted on 05/19/2012 12:08:44 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Popman

Kennedy was the first president ever totally created by the media. FDR USED the media, Kennedy was its creature.


35 posted on 05/19/2012 12:09:19 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“It would have (so to speak) driven Sigmund Freud insane.”
Good point
and i bet it keeps lots of shrinks in biz


36 posted on 05/19/2012 12:09:55 PM PDT by RWGinger (Simpl)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“It would have (so to speak) driven Sigmund Freud insane.”
Good point
and i bet it keeps lots of shrinks in biz


37 posted on 05/19/2012 12:09:55 PM PDT by RWGinger (Simpl)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"I’ve never understood why the Kennedy family is considered by some to be American royalty. What did they ever do to deserve such accolades?"

Not that they've been reported doing things like talking to trees like King George III (they may have, but the MSM hasn't reported it. They only report Kennedy scandals when there's an arrest or death.), but there seems to be a solid streak of insanity in the clan.

Can you think of any of those Kennedys that you'd want to have as your next door neighbor? I sure can't.

38 posted on 05/19/2012 12:10:16 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Huntress

She’s a Kennedy, different rules apply to them.


39 posted on 05/19/2012 12:11:25 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Anyone But Obama in November !!!)
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To: Campion

why ping someone who has to be pace’d?


40 posted on 05/19/2012 12:11:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Sooth2222

But did the trees answer the King?


41 posted on 05/19/2012 12:12:43 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Huntress
I'm not a Catholic, but we had a similar situation in my family about a year ago. The young man in question suffered a severe traumatic brain injury that almost killed him when he was 12 years old. Thereafter he bacame manic depressive and was at the high end of a manic high over Christmas 2010. He entered the depressive low in June or July of 2011 and hanged himself after buying his first house and getting a major promotion at work accompanied by a stellar performance evaluation. He wanted to be a concert pianist but was never to get the music out of himself, apparently a part of the great pain he sufered that led him to take his own life. The church detemined his death was caused by mental illness and alloed him a full Catholic wedding.
42 posted on 05/19/2012 12:13:02 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Sooth2222
Can you think of any of those Kennedys that you'd want to have as your next door neighbor? I sure can't.

The constant traffic of newsmen and cameras would get real old fast.

43 posted on 05/19/2012 12:15:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Huntress

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$4


44 posted on 05/19/2012 12:23:03 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The liberal “media” aka “mainstream media” crowned them during the so-called Camelot years. I’ve had to put up with that Kennedy as royalty thing since the election of 1960.


45 posted on 05/19/2012 12:23:41 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: libstripper
...a full Catholic wedding.

I presume you meant "funeral".

46 posted on 05/19/2012 12:27:43 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

There are plenty more women where that one came from. As for the Kennedys being American Royalty that’s for the unwashed masses that need someone to worship.


47 posted on 05/19/2012 12:31:58 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: izzatzo

I read somewhere that “Kennedy” came from some obscure Irish term meaning “deformed head.” Just saying.


48 posted on 05/19/2012 12:31:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: DuncanWaring

You’re right. My horrible bad.


49 posted on 05/19/2012 12:32:21 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Few unwashed masses if any worship Kennedy now, but they certainly celebrate themselves.


50 posted on 05/19/2012 12:33:01 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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