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Ted Kennedy’s ‘quiet faith’

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 29, 2009 | 12:05 pm

Forget Chappquiddick, Ted Kennedy is being remembered as a saint. But what about his quiet Catholicism? I talked about it Wednesday; tmatt has more here. And then there’s this story from 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.


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.

Asked if he considered Kennedy a religious man, Creedon said, “Very much so.”

Kennedy not only attended Sunday Mass, Creedon said, but also sought him out to discuss the tenets of Catholicism.

“Most people sat there either disagreeing with me or sleeping. I’d walk out of church, and Ted Kennedy would come up to me and continue the theme I was preaching on,” he said.

It doesn’t do much more to enlighten, but you can read the rest here.

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