Monday, August 31, 2009

Ted Kennedy - Reflection

The funeral for Ted Kennedy was perplexing to me. The sorrow of losing a prominent figure in politics, of a family leader as he was, well I understand that.

I found something odd about such an elaborate news coverage on the event though, from the motorcade departing Boston to the Arlington resting place.

You'd have thought it was a President being buried. The Catholic blessing, the Archbishop there presiding, ok I understand.

But in the back of my mind I kept thinking "made for TV".

I'm still reading articles on the absent voice of Benedict the XVI on the passing of Ted Kennedy. Most of it is negative, " Why hasn't Benedict responded? Where is the Vatican's voice in this matter"

What is it that they are expecting? What do they want Benedict to say?

Do they want a verbal from B16 that he lived a good life and will enter the gates of heaven.

That judgement will be made by God himself.

Before his death the news mentioned a personally written letter from Ted to the Pope and hand delivered by President Obama himself.

Supposedly it was a personal note, yet it was read at the funeral ceremony.

Why? I'm not claiming anything I just have the question why?

A personal note is just that, a personal note. A note you don't want just anyone to see.

Meanwhile, the efforts are underway to continue the legacy of Ted... I guess that means his support for abortion, stem cell research and gay marriage.

I think the press coverage of 'the end of Camelot' ...whatever that means' has said it all and them some.

Kennedy Catholicism

"I have always tried to be a faithful Catholic, Your Holiness," Ted Kennedy wrote to Pope Benedict XVI, in a letter dramatically read by Theodore Cardinal McCarrick at the senator's burial, "and though I have fallen short through human failings, I have never failed to believe and respect the fundamental teachings."

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