Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kennedy's letter to the Pope

He should have been asking God for mercy, but wrote the Pope looking for his prayers.
    "I have done my best to champion the rights of the poor and open doors of economic opportunity. I have worked to welcome the immigrant, to fight discrimination, and expand access to health care and education. I have opposed the death penalty, and fought to end war. Those are the issues that have motivated me and been the focus of my work as a United States Senator. . . I have always tried to be a faithful Catholic Your Holiness. And though I have fallen short through human failings, I have never failed to believe and respect the fundamental teachings of my faith. I continue to pray for God's blessings on you and on our Church, and would be most thankful for your prayers for me." CNN
Who is more poor and more in need of protection from the death penalty and needs excellent health care than the unborn? What could show less respect for the teachings of his faith, yet Ted Kennedy approved, campaigned for, supported pro-choice candidates and voted for abortion rights. It would have been far better to keep that letter private and not read it at his burial service--unless the intention was to show the hypocrisy.


Anonymous said...

Isn't it more useful to list ones shortcomings (sins) than the accomplishments when trying to clear the conscience? Does he think the Pope never read a newspaper?

Anonymous said...

There was no need for Teddy to list his shortcomings, people like you will do it for him.

Norma said...

Really? And what specific sins have I noted? Unless, writing your own eulogy would be a sin.