Dr. Ed Peters, who watched the Kennedy funeral on television, writes:
Hardly surprising, given the generally adulatory tone of many (if not most) newspaper columns and reports. Peters notes that "we are, it seems clear, talking to people who have no sense of the enormity of the crimes being committed daily against the innocent. None. None." Of particular interest in that regard is an excerpt from Kennedy's letter to Pope Benedict XVI:
"Those are the issues that have motivated me and have been the focus of my work as a United States senator. I also want you to know that even though I am ill, I am committed to do everything I can to achieve access to health care for everyone in my country. This has been the political cause of my life. I believe in a conscience protection for Catholics in the health field and I will continue to advocate for it as my colleagues in the Senate and I work to develop an overall national health policy that guarantees health care for everyone. I have always tried to be a faithful Catholic, Your Holiness, and though I have fallen short through human failings, I have never failed to believe and respect the fundamental teachings of my faith.
Even Ted, it appears, gushed on and on about Ted—to the Pope! And it also seems clear (to echo Peters) that he either lacked a sense of the enormity of the crimes being committed against the innocent, which is difficult to imagine, or he wasn't willing to admit them squarely. As a sinner, I fully understand how badly humans fail and how we as sinners find ways to justify or explain away our sins. But, also as a sinner, I simply don't understand how a man who long supported—consistently, ardently, proudly—abortion, contraceptives, "gay marriage", embryonic stell research, and the staggering growth and expansion of statism, could say he has "always tried to be a faithful Catholic."