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Senator Edward Kennedy: Resilient? Yes. Devout? Not exactly.
While it seems like common courtesy to speak kindly of the dead, in this case, it’s even kinder to be plainly honest. Based upon the witness of the life he lived in the public eye, Edward Kennedy wasn’t particularly honorable. He wasn’t exactly the embodiment of the kind of statesmanship that would make our Founding Fathers proud. And most importantly of all, he wasn’t even close to being the face of devout Catholicism.
Time's Amy Sullivan Plays Up Teddy's Catholicism, Utterly Ignores His 100-Percent Record on Abortion, Gays
Ted Kennedy's Sordid Record on Abortion
FLASHBACK: Catholic Priests and Professors Share Blame for Kennedys' Pro-Abortion Identity
Catholics lamenting the likely appointment of yet another pro-abortion Catholic Kennedy to the senate may be dismayed by a report that the presidential family's alliance to abortion “rights” was actively nurtured by dissident Catholic priests and theologians.
In some cases…Catholic leaders “actually started providing 'cover' for Catholic pro-choice politicians” who wished to support abortion. One meeting at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannisport, Mass., drew leading Catholic theologians and college professors to coach the Kennedys and advisers how a politician could support abortion while keeping a “clear conscience.”
The coachs were former Jesuit priest Albert Jonsen, emeritus professor of ethics at the University of Washington, Fr. Joseph Fuchs, a Catholic moral theologian; Fr.. Robert Drinan, then dean of Boston College Law School; and three academic theologians, Frs. Giles Milhaven, Richard McCormick and Charles Curran.
“Though the theologians disagreed on many a point, they all concurred on certain basics … and that was that a Catholic politician could in good conscience vote in favor of abortion,” recalled Father Giles Milhaven, one of the academic theologians present at the meeting, as quoted by the article.