There’s been much discussion on whether or not Ted Kennedy,given his pro-abortion stance, should receive a Catholic funeral.
Patrick Madrid discusses a Wall Street Journal article on how dissident Catholic priest theologians targeted and coached the Kennedys into rationalizing acceptance and then advocacy of abortion. It’s a worthwhile read, if only for the historical context. Where I would disagree is that the Kennedy culpability was in buying into the proffered rationalizations. Granted, it was a time when nearly everything that was once unquestionable was indeed being questioned and re-examined. However, one has a choice in how to respond to rationalizations.
Given his recent pro-abort record, should Kennedy be denied a Catholic funeral? Ed Peters, a canon lawyer, says no and gives his consideration here.
So there is basis for at least giving Kennedy the benefit of the doubt.
What is beyond debate is that Obama giving a eulogyduring a Catholic Mass is totally, completely, and absolutely unacceptable. It’s no wonder ObamaCaths think it was okay to vote for the most pro-abortion candidate in history. The appearance of Catholic acceptance, much less endorsement, of Obama’s pro-abortion actions needs to stop, and needs to stop now.
Eulogies are not in the rubrics for funeral Masses. I know local custom differs on this and I’ve attended funeral Masses where a family member has said a “good word” (the translation of the word eulogy) at the end of Mass, but even in that stretch, Obama certainly is not the one to do it.
When will the Catholic bishops start acting Catholic? When will they begin to take seriously their charge to shepherd their flock? How long, O Lord?