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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ted Kennedy Was Catholic

US News & World Report asks if Ted Kennedy was Catholic.

As a practicing Catholic I can definitely affirm that Ted Kennedy was, indeed, Catholic. And Iosef Stalin was Russian Orthodox.

Both Kennedy and Stalin cared deeply about the poor. Both championed the idea that some had to die so that others might live.

Stalin was a great man, the lion of the Soviet Union. Kennedy was a great man, the lion of the Senate. Both left incredible legacies that any mother could be proud of.

Kennedy ranks up there with the Stalin, the "man of steel", and with Che Guevera, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot, Fidel Castro, and all the other deeply principled men of history, non-partisan men of the world who knew how to make a deal, men who never got into petty politics, men who loved their faith and loved the people, men who were willing to take from the rich and give to the poor. Like all these other great men of history, like our very Founding Fathers, Kennedy gave everything he had to others, dying penniless but proud.

Ted Kennedy shouldn't be buried - his body should be embalmed and put on display in the Lincoln Memorial or the well of the Senate, so generations can file past it in silent admiration for the magnificent work he accomplished during his tenure. The tattered remains of his clothes should be venerated, touched to the sick and dying so that they may be healed.

He even fulfilled Scriptural prophecy. After all, Ted Kennedy received Eucharist at a papal Mass in America, and was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer just a few short weeks later. Paul prophesied that this would happen in 1 Corinthians 11:17-30.

1 comment:

TomE said...

Joe Biden last night said that, "you always had to compare yourself to him", perhaps because he was so near perfection he served as somewhat of a measuring stick where one could discern where improvements in one's own life needed to be made. Even our Messianic President reffered to him as "the best senator in US history" (no woman more blessed than the mother of John the Baptist :-). And I thought JPII was on the fast track to canonization.