Tuesday, November 10, 2009
... and Trinity College Dublin law prof Gerry Whyte:
I was intrigued by
the apparent suggestion from Archbishop Burke that Ted Kennedy should have been
denied a Catholic funeral. Throughout the years of the Troubles in N. Ireland,
the Church never once denied a funeral to any republican paramilitary, even
though republican violence was manifestly at odds with the Church's teaching.
Nor was it ever suggested that, in permitting such funerals, the Church was
backsliding from its persistent condemnation of republican violence.
But was Archbishop Burke objecting to the fact that Ted Kennedy received a Catholic funeral or to the fact that Cardinal O'Malley presided?