August 27, 2009


Ted Kennedy died with faith – in us (Doug Kmiec, 8/27/09, National Catholic Reporter)

But is it proper to insist that the law simply coerce the hearts and minds of others? Was it not once the calling of the church to convert, not coerce? [...]

While Ted Kennedy understood the law could not impose faith, he knew it was instrumental to building a just society: reforming immigration in 1965 (abolishing irrational quotas); creating a federal cancer research program in 1971 that quadrupled the amount spent on the number one disease affecting millions of Americans each year; promoting women’s equality in college sports with the passage of Title IX in 1972; curbing the corrupting influence of money in politics with the public financing system for presidential candidates in 1974; securing the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday in 1983; bringing racial justice to South Africa by spearheading the 1986 anti-apartheid efforts; co-authoring in the 1990s, the Family and Medical Leave Act helping business to begin to understand the Catholic insight that “work is for man; man is not for work; allowing for student loans at subsidized rates; passing the law that allows employees to keep health insurance after leaving a job; sponsoring needed increases in the minimum wage; and on and on. The work of social justice is never finished, he observed. How correct he was.

Mr. Kmiec is too busy these days defending the abortion regime for anyone to take him seriously when he tries his hand at moral reasoning, but the notion that you deserve tremendous credit for regulating daily life so thoroughly that you even limit someone's political speech but ought not be held accountable for helping them kill their child is simply insane. Such is the incoherence that Mr. Kennedy led liberalism into.

Ted Kennedy, Abortion Advocate and Health Reform Mastermind, Dead at 77: NARAL awarded 100% pro-abortion voting record to senator, who also championed embryonic stem cell research, same-sex "marriage." (Kathleen Gilbert, August 26, 2009 (

As a prominent Catholic, Kennedy's aggressive pro-abortion politics was a constant source of scandal to the Catholic community. But it was not always so: in the years before the abortion industry took hold of the Democrat party, Kennedy, like many of his fellow abortion-promoting Democrats, was pro-life.

"Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized - the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old," wrote Kennedy in a letter to Catholic League member Tom Dennelly in 1971.

"When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception."

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 27, 2009 4:16 PM
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