Human Life International’s Statement on the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy

We must, as a matter of precept, pray for the salvation of heretical Catholics like Senator Edward Kennedy, but we do not have to praise him let alone extol him with the full honors of a public Catholic funeral and all the adulation that attends such an event. There was very little about Ted Kennedy’s life that deserves admiration from a spiritual or moral point of view. He was probably the worst example of a Catholic statesman that one can think of. When all is said and done, he has distorted the concept of what it means to be a Catholic in public life more than anyone else in leadership today.

Obviously we don’t know the state of Senator Edward Kennedy’s soul upon death. We don’t pretend to. We are told by the family that he had the opportunity to confess his sins before a priest, and his priest has said publicly he was "at peace" when he died. For that we are grateful. But it is one thing to confess one’s sins and for these matters to be kept, rightfully, private. It is another thing entirely for one who so consistently and publicly advocated for the destruction of unborn human beings to depart the stage without a public repudiation of these views, a public confession, as it were.

It is up to God to judge Senator Kennedy’s soul. We, as rational persons, must judge his actions, and his actions were not at all in line with one who values and carefully applies Church teaching on weighty matters. Ted Kennedy’s positions on a variety of issues have been a grave scandal for decades, and to honor this "catholic" champion of the culture of death with a Catholic funeral is unjust to those who have actually paid the price of fidelity. We now find out that President Obama will eulogize the Senator at his funeral, an indignity which, following on the heels of the Notre Dame fiasco, leaves faithful Catholics feeling sullied, desecrated and dehumanized by men who seem to look for opportunities to slap the Church in the face and do so with impunity simply because they have positions of power.

It is not enough for Kennedy to have been a "great guy behind the scenes" as we have seen him referred to even by his political opponents. It is also not praiseworthy to put a Catholic rhetorical veneer on his leftist politics that did nothing to advance true justice as the Church sees it or to advance the peace of Christ in this world. Every indication of Senator Kennedy’s career, every public appearance, every sound bite showed an acerbic, divisive and partisan political hack for whom party politics were much more infallible than Church doctrines. Whatever one’s political affiliation, if one is only "Catholic" to the extent that his faith rhymes with his party line, then his Catholicism is a fraud.

As the Scriptures remind us, there is a time for everything under the sun. This, now, is the time for honesty about our Faith and about those who are called to express it in the public forum. If we do not remind ourselves of the necessity of public confession for public sins such as Senator Kennedy was guilty of, then we are negligent in our embrace of the Faith and we are part of the problem. As Pope Benedict has reminded us recently, charity without truth can easily become mere sentimentality, and we must not fall into that error. A Catholic show of charity for the family must not eclipse the truth that is required of all with eyes to see and ears to hear.

Senator Kennedy needs to be sent to the afterlife with a private, family-only funeral and the prayers of the Church for the salvation of his immortal soul. He will not be missed by the unborn who he betrayed time and time again, nor by the rest of us who are laboring to undo the scandalous example of Catholicism that he gave to three generations of Americans.

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  • plowshare

    Father Euteneuer is a little too free with superlatives. Pelosi and Sebelius are, even from the point of view of abortion, at least as bad if not worse than Kennedy.

    Kennedy has done some good things in his life, such as spearheading legislation that removed a lot of stigma from being mentally handicapped and provided a lot of services for these people. If it had not been for that, an even greater percentage of Down Syndrome babies would be aborted than is the case.

  • plowshare

    To be completely fair to Kennedy, I’ve asked some questions in response to the previous “The Edge” article on him which I repeat here because I am very interested in getting answers:

    Did Kennedy ever vote in favor of the ban on partial-birth abortion? or have any kind words for it? Even Father Drinian did the latter, although it took the personal involvement of then-Cardinal Ratzinger to “convince” him to do it.

    Did Kennedy ever resign his membership in the Knights of Columbus on the grounds that its pro-life position is diametrically opposed to his own on abortion?

    Did Kennedy vote for the federal Born-Alive Infant Protection Act–the act that was identical with the Illinois version (except for it being written for federal lands rather than for the State of Illinois) that Obama zealously campaigned against?

  • Warren Jewell

    As I did at Brent Bozell’s ‘Remembering Ted Kennedy’ I just have to provide the following to apply some balance, very-low-grade:

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/27/ted-kennedy-soviet-union-ronald-reagan-opinions-columnists-peter-robinson.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaiTipTtbak&feature=player_embedded

  • elkabrikir

    As St Paul wrote in 1 Tim 5:20 “Reprimand publicly those who do sin, so that the rest also will be afraid.”

    Plowshare, have you researched the WWW yet to get your questions answered?

    As I said in The Edge yestserday, “Good riddance to bad rubbage….I borrowed that quote.

    Maybe some babies will be saved without Kennedy’s “Slaughter of the Innocents” decrees.

    I’ll still pray for his soul, so that I too don’t go to hell.

  • wgsullivan

    Why do we pray for Ted’s soul?
    We know no matter how many good things we’ve done in this life, it takes only one mortal sin to go to hell. While his actions were of grave and serious matter I hope he had no idea just how wrong they were.
    I hope and pray Ted had good, solid counsel in his last days so the souls of the aborted children, he legislated to death, have reason to pray for his soul as well.

  • goral

    In this proclaimed year of The Priest, I pray for Fr. Euteneuer. This is the clergy who preserve the great Tradition of the Church.
    In today’s Gospel we read about the decapitation of John the Baptist at the decree of a king who actually had some affinity toward him. His wishes were just to keep the Prophet from publicly admonishing him, not to kill him.

    The same can be said of our heretical catlics, they do have some affinity for the Church, they like to listen to the truth. Like us, they also feel relieved when rightfully admonished.
    However, when the party starts and senses are dulled they will always please their worldly lusts first. They will invariably put party politics, church politics, friends and family dynasty before the truth.
    They are nice people, they hold their hand out for Communion and hold hands during the Our Father. Many like the Kennedy’s even give large sums to the church to buy annulments and the best burials. They fight for the handicapped and make sure that only loved and wanted babies see the light of day.

    Not a dry eye will be seen when Obama defines the intricate patchwork that forms a “devout” Catholic.
    This is the Herod and Herodias and heretic side of our Church.

    Fr. Euteneur, your observations are the truth, just watch your superlatives.
    Elkabrikir, watch your borrowed quotes.
    Unless we pray, we face the same miserable demise.
    How right you are.

  • theshahids

    I’m just happy he gets to see Mary Jo again.

  • elkabrikir

    now, now Theshahids…..

  • elkabrikir

    On this feast of the Martyrdom of St John the Baptist, I made the same connection as goral when speaking to my 81 year old aunt. Imagine, she is distraught that St Ted, aka St Luke, is numbered among the greatest prophets of God: Isaiah and Jeremiah (according to the celebrant at his funeral mass).

    She studies the bible under a Nigerian priest, Fr Peter, who is on the International Theological Commission. It consists of 30 liturgists from around the world, who advise the Pope on theological matters. The group studies any theological question given to them by the Pope or from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. Maybe Fr Peter will delve into the Isaiah-Ted connection.

    Who can understand the mystery of why God allows the wheat and the weeds to grow side by side. But Jesus said that IS what happens. On Judgement Day the weeds will be thrown into the fire. He also said that not everyone who says “Lord! Lord!” will enter the Kingdom.

    I believe the faithful are being tested and purified by suffering through the public sins of the likes of Pelosi, Kennedy, Casey Jr, Sebelius, the clergy who support them, and the cafeteria catholics who stuff communion in their faces several times a year.

    Despite being sick today, I refuse to watch the coverage of the Kennedy debacle. I will not let my heart be troubled by this offensive display of Herodius gyrating. I choose to believe Jesus and take his words at face value. Judgement Day will come for us all. It is up to me, inspired by grace, to make sure my lamp is filled with oil and burning brightly.

    Along those lines, a person who is not well grounded in their faith, could be swayed (among many examples) by the likes of this heretical display and by some of the postings on the Harvey Milk Day article.

    Thank God for priests like Fr Eutenaur who encourage and educate us. (I told my aunt about him too). He is a true servant of God. (just check out his bank account. Ha! Ha!) I’ll listen to, and trust priests like him and my aunt’s son cousin Father Greg (Phila diocese).

    However, very often we journey by faith in total darkness. What a gift. Rejoice and be glad that your Father trusts you enough to give you the car keys. He’s in the driver’s seat, we just don’t perceive him. Stay close to the sacraments and one day you’ll pull up and be welcomed under Jersusalem’s Port Couche.

    Well, let me turn on EWTN. All this pecking has exhausted me…..

    One last thought,

    the Holy Father has remained silent on this current debacle. What is he saying?

  • dessy

    Thank you Father for pointing out the mistake of the Church giving Ted Kennedy the full liturgical mass and rituals (7 celebrants !) My Protestant friend asked me about this yesterday — why is the CC giving him such a send off when his pro-abortion rights stance was a trademark of his career. Again, the CC loses it’s credibility when the clergy don’t stand firmly in unison. Pelosi and Dodd will never think twice now about continuing to vote funds to Planned Parenthood and all the other ways they contribute to more deaths !

  • LarryW2LJ

    I did not watch any of the proceedings today. My mom did; but I could not bring myself to do it. I am too full of “human judgment” and did not want all the lavish huzzahing and media praise to exacerbate it. My teeth get to grinding when the media upholds this man as the “Ideal catholic”.

    I only pray that Mr. Kennedy did repent in his last days and asked for God’s forgiveness and died “as a friend of Jesus”.

    “For My ways are not your ways; and My thoughts are not your thoughts”. Let us pray to God that He will not judge us as we humans are prone to do. I am often way too guilty of that fault myself.

  • qhrpfu

    So the kind and lovable Teddy went to a peaceful end, befitting the saint that he was. This, the man who became pro-abortion only after he killed Mary Jo Kopeckne, assuaging his conscience by reflecting, as saints are wont to do, that if she would have had an abortion, he wouldn’t have had to kill her. Too bad it had to be so messy. That the police found her in the highest part of the car, with her face pressed against the roof trying to grasp her last breath of air, is no mark against his manhood, and must be considered in proper context. After all, salvaging his political career and hold on power was much more important than salvaging her life, and surely, he could only do one. And since then, he has been the rock of refuge for the Pro-death movement in America and around the world. I thank God everyday that there were Catholics in Boston to take their share of power away from those dirty, biased WASPs. I can’t even imagine his interview and summing up when he faced his Lord, the Lord of Life. I wonder if Eunice was there to thank him for destroying her life work in supporting and loving the weak of this world by encouraging everyone to abort them as the proper way to show mercy. Only God could have mercy on such a hypocrite.

    By the way, what kind of Catholic writes a letter to the Pope within weeks of his death, to tell him all his good works and what a great person he was? One that wants to have it read at his burial so that he can keep the hook in any of those Catholics who might want to wander from the fold of the Democrat Party. It’s all about Ted, right to the end. Wow, he sure knew the only audience that would think him a saint: the feminists, abortionists, the yuppie drug users, socialist control freaks, the teacher unions who destroy the prospects of the inner city children by robbing them of the values of their heritage, and on, and on. What did he ever do to further the cause of the Church? The most visible Catholic in Washington, and Her biggest enemy. Puh-Leez.

  • goral

    Good post, ghrpfu. It’s all water under the bridge now, isn’t it?
    Pardon the pun.
    How sad.

    I am reminded of Sr. Faustina’s saying on a Confessional:
    ‘The bigger the sinner, the greater is God’s mercy.’
    It’s good that His ways are not our ways.

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