About this blog: Discussing religion, spirituality and values. About the writers: Amy Umble is the religion reporter for The Free Lance-Star. Janet Marshall is the religion editor for The Free Lance-Star.
Listening to news reports about Ted Kennedy this week has made me think a lot about redemption. So I was intrigued by an America Magazine article exploring the idea that Ted Kennedy’s work for the poor, the disabled and the sick could be seen as redemption for Chappaquiddick.
Commentors at the Catholic Web site wanted to focus on Kennedy’s abortion stance, suggesting not everyone is ready to make the leap to redemption from Kennedy’s work.
I was very interested in a quote from Kennedy’s biographer: “I once asked him why someone as well off as him was so interested in the poor and the sick, and he said it was his mother’s Catholic teaching: the Sermon on the Mount and the passage from Luke that to those who much is given, much is expected.”
I wonder how often faith influences political decisions–not in the rhetoric we hear during campaigns but in smaller ways we never know about.