There has been quite a bit of discussion about the pope’s response letter to Teddy Kennedy’s pompous letter read at the gravesite in Arlington. TIME has the best article regarding both letters. I have read many, many comments on the pope’s letter and some get it correctly that the letter is NOT from the pope directly, but perhaps from a papal aide in charge of correspondence and/or from the papal nuncio based in Washington, DC.
No one to my knowledge has commented on the very last sentence of the papal letter: “Commending you and the members of your family to the loving INTERVENTION of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Father cordially (?) imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of wisdom, comfort and strength in the Lord.”
OK, any Catholic of my age knows that if you are a good person, you don’t need to have Mary intervene for you—St. Peter will joyfully let you through the Pearly Gates. Pope Benedict is saying Teddy needs some help getting into heaven, that is, the Blessed Mother will need to “plead his case”, perhaps while Teddy waits in Purgatory. We are taught as Catholics that someone who promotes stem cell research, abortion on demand, partial birth abortion, gay marriage and other liberal political stances which are anathema to the Holy See, cannot be rewarded with a spot in heaven. Nowhere in the part of the papal letter revealed to the public does the pope state that Teddy gets an automatic ticket to heaven for his legislative accomplishments (which are not mentioned in the papal letter).
Now compare the papal letter to Eunice on her deathbed: “I wish to convey to all of you, especially to Sargent, and to Bobby, Maria, Timothy, Mark and Anthony, the warm greetings and personal affection of the Holy Father…..His Holiness unites himself spiritually with each of you at this difficult time, holding close to his heart Eunice, as she is CALLED HOME TO ETERNAL LIFE…..” Hmmm, sounds like to me that the pope told Eunice she has a priority ticket to hand to St. Peter with Pope Benedict’s imprimatur stamped on it.
Teddy Kennedy would be on the way to sainthood if he only would have denounced abortion as evil and immoral on his deathbed.
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