It seems to me that the only people who are canonizing Kennedy are doing so for their own end. It really has nothing to do with Kennedy himself and everything to do with their own political agenda. It's the way he lived and now the way he died.
The Chesterton comment was in reference to the wearing of the "pro-life glasses". I understand the importance of the abortion issue to many Catholics. From a strict pro-life perspective it would seem appropriate to malign Senator Kennedy on the occasion of his death. I merely suggest that the occasion of someone's death is no time for commentary on abotion. No matter how important that issue may be, a man's death demands a sensitivity for that person's family and an appreciation of the death's mystery that supercedes any such discussion.
I agree with you. But are these rules of behavior you would apply to the death of every man? Would you apply them to the death of Saddam Hussein? Or would you not discuss the virtues of JPII on the occasion of his death? It seems to me the on the death of good men we extol their virtues. On the death of bad men we keep silent. However, if you must speak on the occasion of the death of a bad man are you saying that it is always inappropriate to mention their vices?
No. If the occasion demands commentary, the deceased should be dealt with from an objective standpoint, even if that gives rise to 'negative' discussion. However, the comments should still respect death's awful finality.
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