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Should Ted Kennedy receive Holy Communion?

9/6/2003 - 2:30 PM PST

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By Dennis Lynch
Chief-of-Staff
Your Catholic Voice Movement


As an Irish-Catholic American, I grew up almost worshiping the Kennedy name. In 1960 John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic in America to occupy the highest elected office in our Nation. I never knew Bobby Kennedy, but respected him for his apparent devotion to his Family ideal. Little did I know that his Family ideal was to gain voter acceptance at the expense of their Catholic Faith. After Bobby, came Ted Kennedy to the Catholic Communion rail. This is why I write to you.

If 1960 was a triumph for Kennedy-type Catholics in America, 1969 became the death of those Kennedy-type Catholics. Mary Jo Kopechne would be celebrating her 63rd birthday if Ted Kennedy and Friends had not breached their vows in the Sacrament of Marriage. But, that is not why Ted Kennedy should no longer received Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. Let me explain.

In the 1970’s the Kennedy Family could still count votes. By that time, this culture of death that Our Holy Father speaks so clearly about was just beginning to entangle our Nation. That culture, however, could get out the vote. The Devil is always popular. Supporting the culture of life was not popular. Supporting the unpopular notion of civil rights for preborn children did not get votes. Ted Kennedy sought votes that could keep him in power, not votes that would keep him Catholic.

Fast forward to today. We all know that the Roe v. Wade Decision in 1973 was the Judiciary acting like a Legislature since the Judiciary did not have the votes to ratify this anchor in the culture of death. Ted Kennedy abandoned his Catholic Faith to get those same votes. That abandonment kept Ted Kennedy in power, but not in the grace of our Catholic Faith. Compare Ted Kennedy to our National President of Your Catholic Voice, Ray Flynn.

When former President Clinton followed the Kennedy pattern of votes over Faith by supporting Partial Birth Abortion, Ambassador Flynn, elected to follow his Faith over his votes. Our National President of Your Catholic Voice as a Democrat spoke against a Democratic President to support the lives of almost born innocent children. The National President of Your Catholic Voice Ray Flynn elected his Faith over potential voters. That decision cost Ray Flynn votes, but not his Catholic Faith.

Ted Kennedy has abandoned his Catholic Faith. He has kept alive the deadly practice of killing preborn innocent life. He has kept from the choice of our United States Senate courageous people who seek to be Judges and support the “right to life” enshrined in our Constitution. Ted Kennedy has even kept those who want “school choice” from choosing to have their children attend the very same type of schools his children enjoyed.

I am no expert in who should receive Communion. I only know that in major Catholic events in Boston today, Ted Kennedy is allowed to sit in the front of a Cathedral of Catholics and receive Holy Communion. Our Your Catholic Voice National President Ray Flynn is relegated elsewhere. That is the wrong message to give to Catholics true to the Faith and the New Archbishop of Boston should know this situation.

Daily Mass in my Parish is at 7:00AM. The highlight of my Day is receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ at the altar in Holy Communion at this Daily Mass. Whether it is at Daily Mass or not, until Ted Kennedy elects to follow his Faith and not his votes, should he still continue to receive Holy Communion? Should the Archbishop of Boston allow the Ted Kennedys of our Faith to still sit in the front pew and the Ambassador Flynns relegated to the rear? Are you listening Archbishop O’Malley?

If you care, cast your vote by sending $50 to YOUR CATHOLIC VOICE right now so we can ask this question in a major newspaper that Ted Kennedy reads. Ted Kennedy may not respond to the newspaper ad, but at least he and Archbishop O’Malley will know this question is being asked today. Your Catholic Voice has taught me one important lesson. I am not the Irish-Catholic American of the past who almost worship the Kennedys. I am the Catholic American-Irish of today who is very proud of the Flynns.


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1 - 7 of 7 Comments

  1. Rosa DeLa Torre
    4 years ago

    How scary do you only let RIGHT wing nuts post comments??? How about BUSH the killer...BE PRO-LIFE consistantly!!! Kennedy is in HEAVEN! You and Cheney are the only ones who need to be in hell. A lifelong leftest CATHOLIC!

  2. TC
    4 years ago

    Sen. Kennedy was an abomination to the Catholic Church and the United States along with Nancy Pelosi. These people should be excommunicated for their actions along with many others. Sen. Kennedy was not a "lion" but a Liar.

    God inspired this country and these people are tearing it down. Thus, they are trying to destroy what God has ordained. They need to be held accountable in every way.

    They have a voracious appetite for power and we are all on the menu. They will stop at nothing to obtain it. Nothing is sacred to them.

    We must act. We must fight. We must oppose them. This is our country, founded by God. The evidence is in the writings of the founding fathers. God inspired and influenced the founders to stand up and establish this country where men can be free from the tyranny of governments. We cannot give up our country to these liars. Satan is the chief liar.

    Remember, you will know them (and who they serve) by their actions. Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi are liars. They serve Satan.

  3. David Power
    5 years ago

    What a contradiction!Solid Catholic and yet does not care for the unborn.Solid Catholic and does not know you must adhere to the teachings of the church to say so.Blessed is the fruit of thy womb.Hitler could have claimed to be a solid catholic by your standards

  4. Dan
    5 years ago

    I am a solid Catholic and am also strongly pro-choice. JFK would have been pro-choice as well, as every other Kennedy! By the way, half of Catholics are pro-choice! Wake up today in the 21st Century for God's Sake, its the woman's body, not the Catholic church's!!!

  5. Valerie
    5 years ago

    Until Ted Kennedy repents of his sins, including condoning murder, it's primarily his responsibility to not present himself to receive the Eucharist. I don't know how often he attends Mass, however, so it might not even be that big an issue. But at public events, it does create scandal when he receives. Maybe an excommunication is in order.

  6. Linda
    5 years ago

    I agree with the writer of this article. Ted Kennedy should not receive communion. People who do not support the Right to Life should not call themselves Catholic. If women do not want to have a baby then don't be with a man. If you're with child it's not the baby's fault so why punish it.

  7. Katie
    5 years ago

    Well... everyone has different opinions. My father is Catholic; and he believes in the mother's choice. Why does a person have to perfectly conform without question to a particular faith? Why can't they enjoy practicing their faith without having to agree with every single issue? These kind of issues drove me AWAY from religion; not respecting others opinions; trying to define the person themselves when they barley know them or why they support that issue.
    That's my opinion.

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