De Mortuis and Assorted Commentary

De mortuis nil nisi bonum.

It’s a saying worth having not only in one’s vocabulary, but also in one’s orthopraxis. Those more concerned with orthodoxy, or their own brand of it, seem to be spending a lot of ink or keyboard time with “Yes, but” commentary on the death of the senior Senator from Massachusetts.

One blog post even included a plug for a book:

In his 2008 book about Boston Catholicism “The Faithful Departed” (Encounter Books, $25.95), Philip F. Lawler speaks of the dismay of prolife Catholics at the failure of the Church hierarchy to discipline Catholic politicians who support abortion.

A prominent man dies, a flurry of commentary ensues, and may I ask why the topic of conversation turns to the “dismay of prolife Catholics?” Color this prolife Catholic deeply dismayed at this kind of public commentary. This is supposed to convince the fence-sitters on abortion we’re really all compassionate people?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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7 Responses to De Mortuis and Assorted Commentary

  1. Nick Milne says:

    This is supposed to convince the fence-sitters on abortion we’re really all compassionate people?

    It’s not intended to do that at all. Why do you think it is?

  2. Patti says:

    A fine quote and one worth remembering. My personal favorite is still

    UBI caritas et amor, Deus ibi est

    Not seeing a lot of either in the blog sphere in the discussions on Kennedy’s death. The man was far from perfect, but he still did effect a lot of positive change in the country.

  3. Gavin says:

    I was actually quite pleased by the relative respect given Sen. Kennedy by the “right”, at least by the leadership (The “people on the ground” are particularly vicious, including sadly my parents). The only exception is Sean Hannity, who thought it was ok to say “…but I’m not going to mention Mary Jo Kopechne”

    But truly disgusting is the Usual Suspect priest blogger who is salivating at the chance to turn this into a political spectacle. He’s saying “Notre Shame isn’t over.” However, it seems most conservatives will stay out of that fight.

  4. RP Burke says:

    Todd, I couldn’t have said it better.

  5. Tony says:

    I will pray for the Senator’s soul, but in the immortal words of Ricky Ricardo “I fear he’s going to have some ‘splainin’ to do.”

  6. Jimmy Mac says:

    But, aren’t we all going to have some “splainin” to do, Tony?

    It’s a bit presumptuous to think that Kennedy’s sins are any more heinous that those of the rest of us.

  7. Tony says:

    Simply more public, Jimmy. Much like yours.

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