Senator Ted Kennedy’s funeral â€˜travesty’ sets Catholics at one another’s throats
THE decision to stage a “grandiose public funeral celebrating the life ofÂ pro-abortion extremist Senator Ted Kennedy” has caused a rift in the Catholic Church in North America, according to LifeSite News.
The frothing fundamentalist site claims that several prominent Catholic priests in the pro-life movement as well as other Catholic pro-life leaders have slammedÂ the funeral “extravangza”, saying a more subdued private affair should have been held instead.
But Father Thomas Rosica, President and CEO of Canada’s Salt & Light TV network hit back at pro-life activists generally, and his US counterpart specifically for daring to criticise Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s decision to participate in the Kennedy funeral.
Rosica said that “as a Roman Catholic priest who is pro-life, I was proud of my Church” for allowing the public Kennedy funeral.Â He then went on to label pro-life activists with more venom than seen publicly from a church leader of his stature in many years.
Leading up to the Kennedy funeral last weekend, and in its aftermath, many so-called lovers of life and activists in the pro-life movement, as well as well-known colleagues in Catholic television broadcasting and media in North America, have revealed themselves to be not agents of life, but of division, destruction, hatred, vitriol, judgment and violence. Their words and actions vitiate their efforts in favor of life.
The reference to “well-known colleagues in Catholic television broadcasting” was a thinly-veiled reference to EWTN News Director Raymond Arroyo.Â After the funeral and burial last Saturday, Arroyo issued a blogpost highlighting the devastating effect of the prelates’ involvement in the funeral.Â On his blog Arroyo wrote:
The prayer intercessions at the funeral mass, the endless eulogies, the image of the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston reading prayers, and finally Cardinal McCarrick interring the remains sent an uncontested message: One may defy Church teaching, publicly lead others astray, deprive innocent lives of their rights, and still be seen a good Catholic, even an exemplary one.
Something is terribly wrong in the pro-life movement. Civility, charity, mercy and politeness seem to have dropped out of the pro-life lexicon. Through vicious attacks launched on blogs, a new form of self-righteousness, condemnation and gnosticism reveals authors who behave as little children bullying one another around in schoolyards- casting stones, calling names, and wreaking havoc in the Church today! What such people fail to realize is that their messages are ultimately screamed into a vacuum. No one but their own loud crowd is really listening. â€¦ Sowing seeds of hatred and division are not the work of those who wish to build a culture of life.
One of the most senior Catholic pro-life activists in the United States, American Life League President Judie Brown Â – appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Academy for Life, said of the Kennedy funeral affair:
The entire travesty, from the television cameras to spectacle itself, goes beyond anything I have witnessed in my more than 65 years of life. In fact, while we all thought the appearance of President Barack Obama at the University of Notre Dame was a scandal, the very idea that he offered a eulogy in a basilica, while the real presence of Christ was in the tabernacle, is perhaps the most dastardly thing I have ever seen.