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?