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Ted Kennedy ? No Friend Of The Unborn, But R.I.P.

I have been trying to decide all day whether or not to blog about Senator Edward ?Ted? Kennedy, who passed away early this morning at the age of 77. While I didn?t want to ignore his inexcusable support of abortion, I wanted to make sure that I could be charitable about a man who is currently experiencing God?s judgment.

Let me first be very clear about the facts. Senator Kennedy was a Catholic who publicly dissented from the teaching of the Church on abortion. His voting record contributed to the death of many unborn babies over the course of his career in the Senate. It is a shameful record and cannot be glossed over or defended. Knowing that he ignored the plight of the helpless unborn makes it very difficult to listen to the endless accolades and tributes presented by the media.

However, it is up to God to decide where Senator Kennedy will spend eternity. As Catholics, our duty is to pray for his soul. Praying for the living and the dead is one of the Spiritual Acts of Mercy and is the proper thing to do, whether we like it or not. While it is appropriate to speak out against his horrific anti-life voting record, we should always show charity toward the man himself. The ultimate expression of that charity is to pray for him.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

One Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree with the article writer. When I heard the news on the radio that T. Kennedy passed on, my first thought was a "God be merciful to this man." It's true, he did not live his Catholic faith.
    He divorced and re-married, his record on abortion is atrocious to any who understand what Catholic faith believes.

    Yet…I don't know his heart. I don't know the wounds he has that brought his 'hardness' of heart.

    God is a merciful God. Could be that Mr. Kennedy has some purgatory time right here with his illness. Could be he made some 'deathbed' confessions, in which case IT WOULD ALL BE FORGIVEN.

    I guess I have to forget this human's actions and IN THE SAME SPIRIT of our merciful God, I need to pray for this person. In fact, maybe part of T's problem was that for most of his life there weren't too many praying for him to 'see the light'

    In which case, I guess we would have to ask our God to be merciful to us.

    May God be merciful to his confused soul.

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