Edward Kennedy, 1932-2009 AD, Requiescat In Pace

Ted Kennedy

[Update at the bottom of this post as of 8-26-2009 4:38 pm CST]

Edward Moore Kennedy, known as Ted Kennedy, passed away late last night in Hyannis Port after a battle with brain cancer at the age of 77.

A brief statement was released from his family:

“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,”

Requiescat in pace Teddy.

Elizabeth Scalia, a.k.a. The Anchoress, has an in-depth look at Ted Kennedy’s life titled, Ted Kennedy, Healthcare & Purgatory.

Update I:   For reactions around the Catholic world click here.

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  1. Note to commenters. This thread is not one to critique the life of Edward Kennedy. There will be ample opportunity to do that in the future on other posts.

  2. God’s mercy is unfathomable. I think the Senator will need it, and our prayers as well. I will say the Miserere for him.

  3. If this thread is not one to critique the life, but only to, I guess, praise, I choose say nothing. And why even have comments then.

  4. The purpose of this thread Dan is neither praise nor condemnation. It is for poor sinners to ask the mercy of God upon another poor sinner. I strongly condemned Edward Kennedy during his life. I will strongly condemn his record in the future. Now I ask that his soul may receive the mercy of God.

  5. I have noted before on this blog that my husband’s father died of the same type of brain tumor 10 years ago. He only survived 5 months after his diagnosis. Ted Kennedy survived for about 15 months if my math is correct. If my father-in-law’s experience is any indication, Ted Kennedy probably did undergo much of his purgatory ahead of time.

    May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  6. At this time of his passing it is incumbent on any “GOOD” Catholic to extend to Senator Kennedy and to his family the greatest of love, as our Lord taught. We must look to the good in Senator Kennedy and only the good that God called him to accomplish in his time in this life.

    There is no room except for love. We must leave Senator Kennedy and the Lord to resolve any other issues. He died in grace having receive the Annointing of the Sick.

    May he rest in peace!

  7. Love and Truth. At least that’s what the latest encyclical said. But as Donald said, there is time for truth later.

  8. I’m sure his family is really upset about this, which if course is always unfortunate. That’s about all I can say about him. I’m biting my lip on this one.

  9. E,

    In all charity, I am saddened that we cannot simply pay homage to the dead without the addition of unnecessary political statments — that seem almost unconcerned really, as I read them, for the eternal destination of this man’s soul as they are for the comments that follow.

    The Lord left us all some lofty words — standards so high it should make us all tremble.

    “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,” (Mt 7:1-2).

    “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few,” (Mt 7:13-14)

    Before eagerly giving into our instincts, as tempting as they are for all of us, I think we should wonder reflect on God’s judgment upon ourselves and our path through or away from that narrow gate. Edward Kennedy deserves the prayers of any good, pious God-fearing Catholic because our salvation is just as uncertain as his. The presumption we have, or anyone else, a ‘better shot’ deserves more reflection. There are sins of his that I’m sure no one here envies him in having to account for. But it does not mean we all do not have sins to account for and it will be by God’s mercy that we make it through the heavenly gates.

    If you have to make a statement judging history — do so at another and more appropriate time.

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