My Response to Sr. Maureen Fiedler’s Comments About Ted Kennedy’s Passing

August 26, 2009 by  
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I just posted a response to Sr. Maureen Fiedler’s NCR column about Ted Kennedy titled “He Made Me Proud to Be a Catholic”

Hopefully, my comment will be approved by the censors and will show up there soon. Just in case, though, I post it for you here.


Maureen, with all due respect, I can appreciate your nostalgia for the Kennedys, but I cannot understand why you would insist that Senator Edward Kennedy was a “champion of the welfare of ‘the least of these'” among us. He was not.

At best, Mr. Kennedy was highly selective as to which of “the least among us” he would deign to defend. Case in point: Abortion. The senator established his record squarely on the extremist position of defending the legality of abortion.

Many are not aware that he was originally publicly pro-life (I comment on the details of his transformation from pro-life to pro-abortion here).

As a result of Ted Kennedy’s indefatigable championing of the pro-abortion movement, tens of millions of the “least among us” — unborn girls and boys — were killed through abortion under his senatorial auspices.

Whatever his positive qualities may have been, and no doubt he had some, the tragic reality is that Senator Kennedy’s long political career was squandered by his vociferous, relentless promotion of abortion. And that, sadly, will be his enduring legacy.

I agree with you that tears are appropriate upon hearing the news of this man’s death, but not for the reasons you are crying them.

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