Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Just weeks after the passing of his sister Eunice Shriver, Sen. Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy has passed away from brain cancer.

It is no secret that Sen. Kennedy was one of my least favorite public figures. But the time for political assessments will come later. As my friend Don so graciously put it:
The purpose of this ... is neither praise nor condemnation. It is for poor sinners to ask the mercy of God upon another poor sinner. I strongly condemned Edward Kennedy during his life. I will strongly condemn his record in the future. Now I ask that his soul may receive the mercy of God.
Amen. Requeiscat in pace.

See also:
The Anchoress:
Ted Kennedy, Healthcare & Purgatory

National Catholic Register:
Edward Kennedy, 1932-2009

Ed Morrissey:
Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009
Statement on Passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy

Mark Shea:
So Long, Ted Kennedy

Bill Bennett:
Their Lion, Our Bane

John Fund:
Novak and Kennedy, Allies at the End

Joe Carter at First Thoughts:
Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009

The American Catholic has a comprehensive roundup:
Reaction To The Passing Away Of Ted Kennedy Around The Catholic World

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At 8/26/2009 10:00 AM, Blogger Rick said...

There is no joy in heaven or on earth when a soul goes into eternal perdition - as is the lot of those who support the murder of the unborn. We would hope that other prodigal children would return to their home before it is too late. But there is no limit to God's mercy. So, I pray that he would have repented even at the last second so that he may be forgiven and saved.

At 8/26/2009 1:43 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

n a life that is littered with ironies, here's the biggest one of all: His three older brothers - Joe, Jack and Bobby - are eternally frozen in our imagination as the personifications of youth and vigor (or "vigah"). How poignant that our final image of the baby of that family will be as an old man, frail and mortally ill.

His was the most impressive evolution in American political history. Let's be honest; in 1962 the guy was a lightweight. He ran for the Democratic nomination against another young man, Edward McCormick, whose uncle was the speaker of the House of Representatives. During a debate McCormick told him that were it not for his name, his candidacy would be viewed as a joke. It was a point well made. It is obvious when looking at film of that campaign that our boy Ted is in way over his head.

Who would have dared dream all those years ago that this punk kid would one day evolve into the greatest senator ever to walk those halls?

An incredible realization just came to me: Teddy represented the state of Massachusetts for forty-six years, eight months and nineteen days. That is nearly three months longer than all the years his older brother Jack lived on earth. Forgive the cliche that is so overused it has become trite through repetition, but this really is the end of an era.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


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