Friday, August 28, 2009
Rev. Robert A. Sirico writes about Senator Kennedy’s passing and about his personal encounter with “arguably the most prominent Catholic layman in the country, scion of the most prominent Catholic family, perhaps, in U.S. history.”
Herewith a sample of Father Sirico's thoughts:
"I had mixed feelings on the news of Ted Kennedy’s passing. A
memory of a pleasant encounter, but knowledge that despite our common baptism,
Senator Kennedy and I differed in some very radical ways on issues of public
policy, economics, heath care, marriage, and, most fundamentally, on matters
related to life.
James Joyce once remarked that the Catholic Church was “Here comes everybody,” and while I relish the experience of being part of a Church rather than a sect, a Church in which there are a host of matters on which faithful Catholics can disagree, I also recognize that there are some defining issues from which are derived the very sense of a shared identity.
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What might the face of the Democratic party, indeed American politics, today look like if Ted Kennedy had, instead of reversing himself, maintained the unflinching stance of his late sister Eunice in her consistent defense of vulnerable human life — whether that of a mentally handicapped child or sister or an infant in the womb?"