Several years ago tens of thousands of people celebrated, no rejoiced, in the death of one of America's greatest Presidents. Left-wing haters had stored a bottle of champagne in their refrigerators for years, some as long as a decade, waiting for this event. Most were gay men, who hated Ronald Reagan with a passion and stated into their daily blogs and livejournals that they only wished he had suffered more from his Alzheimer's before he died (and that Nancy Reagan would continue to suffer). Any normal person of course would be aghast at this sort of hatred and this sort of vicious prejudice should be condemned by all normal thinking Americans.
However, at the death of Edward Kennedy this week, people should be reminded that he wasn't this great senator that you hear about so much in the media, he was a habitual drunk who killed a woman while he was driving, and thus was a murderer as well. He also continually supported government-funded abortion in the USA at every step in his political career and thus should be held responsible for the deaths of 45 million babies that have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade became law. (That alone should have gotten him banned from the Catholic church forever).
He was also a well-known philanderer, from a family of serial philanderers. It is hard to ignore that his father built the Kennedy family money from bribes when he was an ambassador, or that his brothers both cheated on their wives, or that his nephew (Michael Skakel) was a murderer and a rapist; I guess that is what you can expect from a family of wealthy and politically connected sexual predators. Skakel even boasted that he was a Kennedy to his friends and thus would be found innocent of the rape and murder of Martha Moxley; he was found guilty in a court of law in 2002. Sadly, despite the best of intentions nearly everything this monstrous family has done has been touched by evil. Ted Kennedy himself was driving drunk and killed the woman he was driving with, Mary Jo Kopeckny. He didn't try to save her and waited nearly 12 hours to report her death because he was drunk at the time. Mary Jo Kopeckny's family has never forgiven Ted Kennedy for her death, and Ted himself never apologized for it. She was pregnant, he was married. Anyone else would have gone to jail for a long time, but not dear ole Ted.
Moreover, the Kennedys as a family have done more harm to the United States and to the average American via their political agenda than any other family in our history; from taking money from hard earning people (the producers) and giving it to the poor (the parasites) to lining their own pocketbooks with dirty cash and being accountable for the numerous (and very real) the crimes they have committed. I feel very little pity for a family that has done so much evil to so many people. Finally, I have watched CSPAN for years and seen his Ted Kennedy vilify and castigate his opponents and average hard working Americans. With that in mind, he himself deserves very little respect or kindness since he gave very little to anyone else, unless they had the last name of "Kennedy".
All I can say is good riddance to Ted Kennedy, we won't miss you and hopefully we won't hear any more from your despicable and self-righteous family who once arrogantly thought themselves to be "the royalty of America".
Human Life International's Statement on the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy
We must, as a matter of precept, pray for the salvation of heretical Catholics like Senator Edward Kennedy, but we do not have to praise him let alone extol him with the full honors of a public Catholic funeral and all the adulation that attends such an event. There was very little about Ted Kennedy's life that deserves admiration from a spiritual or moral point of view. He was probably the worst example of a Catholic statesman that one can think of. When all is said and done, he has distorted the concept of what it means to be a Catholic in public life more than anyone else in leadership today.
Obviously we don't know the state of Senator Edward Kennedy's soul upon death. We don't pretend to. We are told by the family that he had the opportunity to confess his sins before a priest, and his priest has said publicly he was "at peace" when he died. For that we are grateful. But it is one thing to confess one's sins and for these matters to be kept, rightfully, private. It is another thing entirely for one who so consistently and publicly advocated for the destruction of unborn human beings to depart the stage without a public repudiation of these views, a public confession, as it were.
It is up to God to judge Senator Kennedy's soul. We, as rational persons, must judge his actions, and his actions were not at all in line with one who values and carefully applies Church teaching on weighty matters. Ted Kennedy's positions on a variety of issues have been a grave scandal for decades, and to honor this "catholic" champion of the culture of death with a Catholic funeral is unjust to those who have actually paid the price of fidelity. We now find out that President Obama will eulogize the Senator at his funeral, an indignity which, following on the heels of the Notre Dame fiasco, leaves faithful Catholics feeling sullied, desecrated and dehumanized by men who seem to look for opportunities to slap the Church in the face and do so with impunity simply because they have positions of power.
It is not enough for Kennedy to have been a "great guy behind the scenes" as we have seen him referred to even by his political opponents. It is also not praiseworthy to put a Catholic rhetorical veneer on his leftist politics that did nothing to advance true justice as the Church sees it or to advance the peace of Christ in this world. Every indication of Senator Kennedy's career, every public appearance, every sound bite showed an acerbic, divisive and partisan political hack for whom party politics were much more infallible than Church doctrines. Whatever one's political affiliation, if one is only "Catholic" to the extent that his faith rhymes with his party line, then his Catholicism is a fraud.
As the Scriptures remind us, there is a time for everything under the sun. This, now, is the time for honesty about our Faith and about those who are called to express it in the public forum. If we do not remind ourselves of the necessity of public confession for public sins such as Senator Kennedy was guilty of, then we are negligent in our embrace of the Faith and we are part of the problem. As Pope Benedict has reminded us recently, charity without truth can easily become mere sentimentality, and we must not fall into that error. A Catholic show of charity for the family must not eclipse the truth that is required of all with eyes to see and ears to hear.
Senator Kennedy needs to be sent to the afterlife with a private, family-only funeral and the prayers of the Church for the salvation of his immortal soul. He will not be missed by the unborn who he betrayed time and time again, nor by the rest of us who are laboring to undo the scandalous example of Catholicism that he gave to three generations of Americans.
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International
SWEDEN SLAMS ISRAEL, LIES
A Swedish newspaper admitted that, a story it published, where it's reporter in the Palestinian territories passed on an old Palestinian libel, that Israeli troops regularly killed Palestinians to steal their organs for transplants, was false. When the article was published a week earlier, there was outrage in Israel, and jubilation in the Arab world. The Israelis demanded proof, and the Arabs didn't care (and never did when it came to stories like this). The Swedes found that there was no proof, and the editor of the newspaper apologized. But Europeans are becoming more tolerant of these anti-Semitic slurs. Many Israelis see the pattern of violent anti-Semitism, which last peaked during World War II, building again, as Europeans become more tolerant of violence against Israel, and Jews in general.