My last word on Kennedy and his boosters.
Time Online has a curious entry in the Ted Kennedy hagiography sweepstakes: “Ted Kennedy’s Quiet Catholic Faith.”
It was so quiet, in fact, that those of us who had imagined that it was non-existent can be pardoned for the mistake. Here’s a great line from the article: “Kennedy only fully embraced Catholicism later in life, particularly after marrying his second wife.” That would be Vicki, whom he married after he divorced his first wife, Joan. And there is also the little matter of abortion: “…like many other Democratic politicians, he became a supporter of abortion rights by the 1980s. By the end of his career he was regularly awarded a 100% positive rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America for his abortion-related votes, a record that put him at odds with Church leadership.”
I do not wish damnation on anyone, and it is my fervent hope that Kennedy made his peace with God prior to his death; this, however, is a spiritual matter concerning which we, as temporal beings, can have no certain knowledge until the day of judgment. It is the very public departure from Catholic doctrine in his daily life that makes a mockery of the Time article, and suggests strongly that Kennedy considered the teachings of the Catholic Church to be just another set of rules from which he was exempt (and with which non-compliance in no way affected his standing as a member).