August 28th, 2009
01:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Ted Kennedy called a man of quiet faith

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Those close to Sen. Ted Kennedy said Catholicism was more than an ethnic and cultural identity to him."]

(CNN) - Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy didn't wear his faith on his sleeve, but those close to him say Catholicism was much more than an ethnic and cultural identity.

Kennedy's family chose Boston's Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as the Mission Church, for his funeral Mass on Saturday. The church held a special significance for the senator because he prayed there every day when his daughter, Kara, was diagnosed with cancer.

Kennedy died Tuesday night after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. He was 77, and had represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 1962.

The Rev. Gerry Creedon, a priest at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church near Washington, counseled Kennedy for more than 30 years. He was chosen to deliver the opening prayer at Friday night's "Celebration of Life" memorial service.

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  1. Jake

    something the Republicans could learn from!

    August 28, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Mark

    Whatever. These are the liberals that don't believe in anything Christianity preaches. If your not into that no big deal just don't try to call yourself something your NOT!

    August 28, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Enough Already

    It's over get on with it. Old news

    August 28, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Mark

    The media now going to paint this liberal as a religious person. whatever.

    August 28, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Obama Victim

    a so-called "Catholic" that supports abortion..............what is wrong with this picture??

    August 28, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. panem et circenses

    Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy didn't wear his faith on his sleeve – yeah, one of the few times he tried to avoid being labeled a total hypocrit since he championed abortion rights instead of championing the rights of the unborn which is central to Catholicism.

    August 28, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Mark H

    I saw another article on referring to Kennedy as an "advocate for all." Somehow I think the millions of unborn children who died in abortions would disagree. Where was his voice on their behalf? Where was his Catholic faith when he stood silent, or worse promoted abortion on demand?

    August 28, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Remmi

    Kennedy was a great politician but a man of faith. This is getting a litte ridiculous. He had a great life but please stop the fabrications.

    August 28, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Sari

    Goodbye, Mr. Kennedy. You will be missed 🙁

    August 28, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Bluebonnet

    Now that's a bunch of bull. I don't mean to dishonor the man, he did some really good things throughout his time in the Senate, but he was not a good Catholic with his stance on allowing abortions! That goes against every grain of Catholism and you media idiots can spin it any way you want, but the fact is he championed for women's rights for abortion. Again, that is not being a good Catholic!

    August 28, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Moore

    May the Lord Jesus Christ strengthen your family and continue to be
    the central figure in all of your lives. Cast all your cares upon Jesus
    for He cares for you. My prayer is that God may comfort each of you
    and turn your mourning into joy. Weeping may endure for the night
    but joy comes in the morning. God bless each of you. I appreciate
    everything that Senator Kennedy did for America.

    Respectfully yours

    G Moore

    August 28, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    I wonder how his meeting with St.Peter went.... or how it is going. I pray he receives forgiveness.

    August 28, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. S Callahan New York

    CNN editors have much to learn about faith and the title they give....Ted had far from the 'quiet' scripture (those of faith call this God's word) it instructs believers to ACTION (living the faith) ....that is where Ted's faith is his ACTIONS which were far from being quiet! He also demonstrated that we ALL have fallen short by sin yet for the GRACE of God we go!

    August 28, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Funny how he used his faith to guide him in social justice causes, but completely abandioned it to support the killing of tens of millions unborn children.

    August 28, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Pete

    It may have been a quiet faith but it wasn't the Catholic faith.

    Killing babies is wrong.

    August 28, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. CJG

    I like the sound of quiet faith opposed to what we hear so much of now , many seem to think they have a more right to religion and faith than others , and in so doing feel they have a foot closer to heaven and have more rights to it than the ones who quietly pray and do good works . If they read the good book , good works are also part of our duties , and the ones who prayed to be seen of man were ridiculed and we are told to go to our closets and pray so we will not be seen of men but God.
    Wearing faith on your sleeve like you see so often now with many politians as if is is their right only, are only being seen of men not of God .

    A lesson is being taught here with this good man and his quiet faith if only a few will take heed of it .

    August 28, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. single mom

    Not to take anything from his daughter if she survived cancer, but I thought it was his youngest son who was diagnosed with a cancer tumor in his leg and lost the leg below his knee when he was 12.

    That being said, how can you say he was a man of 'quiet faith' with the affairs, drinking, and condoning abortion?

    August 28, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I am a Catholic, and albeit in my adulthood I've come to realize that my religion is not as all-embracing, compassionate, and christian as we sermonize from the pulpit, I can identify with the solace gained from quiet moments of prayer in an empty church. I've been seen through my share of bleak moments through sheer faith. Faith that sometimes, I admit, was the size of the proverbial mustard seed.

    August 28, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. just sad to read some of these posts

    trully a great man

    people have no shame writing ill about him after he has been gone for a few days

    August 28, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Hopeful Optimist

    He was a true hero. He spent his entire professional life fighting for the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised. It stands to reason that he was pro-choice, for this is the only position that is consistent with his Christian values. It's the rabid anti-abortion element in this country that consistently exhibits the emotions and actions of hate and intolerance. They think they are being Christian, but just the opposite is the case.

    August 28, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |