A Catholic Funeral for Ted Kennedy?

by Steve Ray on August 27, 2009

From Canon Lawyer Ed Peter’s website:

“Most of Teddy Kennedy’s politics, and most of whatever parts of his personal life I knew through the media, angered and sometimes even disgusted me. But my opinions about Teddy’s legacy are not at issue in assessing his right to a Catholic funeral under canon law. I trust that my writings on the proper understanding and correct application of 1983 CIC 1184 (the canon regulating the funeral rites to be accorded – - or not, as the case may be – - to Catholics) are reasonably well-known to readers of this blog. So let’s move directly to the canonical question of Kennedy’s funeral.”

Read it here: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/08/catholic-funeral-for-ted-kennedy.html

Some non-canonical reflections on Kennedy’s funeral from Canon Lawyer Ed Peters:

The best that can be said about Ted Kennedy’s funeral is, It could have been worse.

Read why here: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/08/some-non-canonical-reflections-on.html

Cardinal Mahoney called Kennedy a champion of the helpless
Human Life International has quite a different take (and I agree with them)

Columnist reflects on Kennedy funeral, recalls 2004 letter from Cardinal Ratzinger to Cardinal McCarrick
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3972
Reflecting on the funeral of Senator Edward Kennedy, Terry Mattingly recalls– and brings to greater public attention– the 2004 letter from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, then Archbishop of Washington, on Holy Communion and pro-abortion politicians.

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FraNas August 27, 2009 at 9:10 PM

It’s all so real that we all return to ashes. Ted will now answer for the countless babies who he helped to kill. By refusing to listen to the clear teachings of the Church, he had chosen to align with the world and popular politics. I hope he repented before he died. His legacy is that of a disobedient son of the Church. May God have mercy on his soul.

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