The Catholic sitting next to you in Church could be a phony. If they proceed to receive communion they may be calling sacrilege and eternal damnation on their soul. One should know no one is capable of judging what someone’s eternal life may be. But with Senator Kennedy and his full Catholic funeral upon his recent death, one has to wonder.
Kennedy’s urgent push to pass legislation for abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and same sex-marriage demonstrated his utter contempt for four of five “non-negotiables”. Those are, in Catholic doctrine and teaching, intrinsic evils in every case. There are no exceptions.
On his 5/9/07 flight to Brazil, the Pope was talking directly about “latae sententiae” (“automatic excommunication”). A reporter broke the ice by asking him if he supported the excommunication of Mexican legislators who had voted to legalize abortion. The Pope replied, “Yes, this excommunication was not something arbitrary, but is foreseen by Canon Law [CL 915]” He was emphatic, and continued to insist that such actions involved excommunication.
Benedict made “automatic excommunication” crystal clear. This occurs without formal declaration if there is an obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin. Abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and same-sex marriage are four of those intrinsically evil deeds classified as grave. The excommunication is self inflicted.
Word from the Vatican in 2004, was “All pro-choice Catholic politicians who publicly call themselves Catholic yet who blatantly violate Canon Law by continuing to profess heresy, and receive Holy Communion, must publicly reject their abortion advocacy for the sake of their own souls, and the others they have scandalized. If not, then these people will have been excommunicated.”
Human Life International president Father Thomas Euteneuer said “Every indication of Senator Kennedy’s career, every public appearance, every sound bite showed an acerbic, devisive and partisan political hack for whom party politics were much more infallible than Church doctrines. He stated it was up to God to judge his soul, but we must judge his actions that did not agree with Catholic teaching.
Excommunication is the removal of someone in an organization. In this case, it’s an entire religion. Any organization, including any religion, has rules to live by. Would any organization continue to keep you as a member if you continually acted against their most precious values? Can an avowed racist against Blacks be a member of the NAACP?
Shockingly, this errantly claiming of being a Catholic in good standing may have been the tip of the iceberg.
Doug Patton, whose column in GOPUSA [Let Us Not Confuse Longevity With Statesmanship], brings back one of Kennedy’s most disreputable moments. What many consider treasonous occurred during the Cold War in 1983.
Kennedy sent word to Premier Yuri Andropov offering his help in undermining the Reagan Administration in its dealings with the USSR, in exchange for Andropov’s help in defeating Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. But we all have a short memory and few remember that.
What does one think of a US senator offering to help our sworn enemy in exchange for propaganda to win an election? Of course, a true Catholic would likely not stoop to such a move much less favor any intrinsic evil.
One has to wonder how any previous heinous acts can be considered Catholic just because a supposed “Catholic” performed the evil. How could Notre Dame invite and honor someone who is so pro-abortion? Atrocities associated with the Inquisitions, the Crusades, priestly pedophilia, and errant “Catholic” politicians have plagued Catholics for years.
This violence was committed by someone who called themselves Catholic. Does that mean a purported Methodist who is involved with killing someone, condemns the whole Methodist religion as murderers?
As Father Euteneuer states, we need to pray for the salvation of heretical Catholics like Kennedy. But we don’t have to praise him, let alone eulogize him with the full honors and reverence of a civic Catholic funeral. He needed to be sent to the afterlife with a private funeral and prayers for his immortal soul.
What Kennedy’s outcome for the thousands of unborn baby’s deaths he was responsible for will be unknown until our death. We are told that Kennedy was able to confess his sins to a priest before he died. If he asked forgiveness for all those deaths, and expressed feelings of remorse and wanting to make things right before he died, his soul is likely saved.
Unfortunately, nobody got that impression about his last wish…
Kevin Roeten can be reached at [email protected]