Praying for the repose of the soul of Senator Kennedy, and of John McCarthy (who introduced my sister Mary to his best friend...her husband of 24 years).
One good thing about being a Catholic is that, once you cross to the other side, you get the benefit of the doubt about, well, being on the right side on the other side! But we don't assume it tout court: we'll pray for you until the end of time to help push you ashore. That's what we now do for the Lion of the Senate. His political adroitness matters absolutely not at all now. His self-identification as Catholic, not so much either. His real efforts in favor of the disadvantaged: "You did it to Me." Ditto, sadly enough, his support of abortion as a woman's "right."
We can all be blinded (by need, by ambition, by passion) to what we are "really" doing sometimes. We may have convinced ourselves that it is all for good, for justice, for orthodoxy, for whatever value will most disguise our self-love. So no one gets a free pass today, just because the senior Senator from Massachusetts offered a particularly outrageous demonstration of cafeteria Catholicism.
Say it with me: "Eternal rest grant unto him (and them) O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen."