Did Ted Kennedy go to heaven?

Did Ted Kennedy go to heaven?

My friend Tricia Erickson poses this provacative question. In remembering the life of Senator Kennedy, here are my thoughts in a recent press release,  as well as Tricia’s op/ed.

Atlanta, GA – Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., today reflected on the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy.


“The Ted Kennedy I want to remember is the man who, before he embraced the pro-abortion cause, was like his dearly departed sister Eunice, who was pro-life. Senator Kennedy once compassionately and consistently fought for civil rights. In 1971, he wrote that every human being, wanted or unwanted, had the right to be born. He later changed his position and supported and even sponsored pro-abortion legislation.  There were many tragedies in the Senator’s life, but to me, one of the worst is that he stopped supporting the civil rights of those in the womb.”


Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated, “I recall the visit Dr. King and I made to the Senator’s office last year, during which we quoted abortionists about decapitating children and asked if that was what the Senator meant by the word abortion. Sadly, we got no clear answer.  We join in prayer for God’s forgiveness for all who tolerate this violence.”

Did Ted Kennedy Go To Heaven?

August 28th, 2009  Op-ed offering.  Word count: 1,000.  Permission to publish (please let us know). Edit to fit.

Did Ted Kennedy Go To Heaven?

By:  Tricia Erickson

While the nation watched the funeral procession of the late Ted Kennedy, the press gave a great amount of air time on the proceedings.  However, I very much doubt that Ted is as concerned as the nation is with the human ceremonies of his passing.

You see, according to the belief system he claimed as his own, and the explicit words of the person he professed to accept as the Son of God in human flesh, Ted is either in Heaven or in Hell right now.  He is either in the arms of the loving Father-God in whom he claimed to place his faith, or is in the worst place imaginable, called Hell, for an eternity.  This is not merely my own spin.  It is at the core of the world view that Ted Kennedy believed his entire life — unless he was just pretending.

So while Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Chris Dodd use Ted’s passing to support for the Healthcare reform bill, Teddy may very well be singing a different tune.

I happen to be one of several billion people alive now who agree with Ted Kennedy’s professed belief that there IS a real God.  There IS a real Heaven and Hell.  There IS a place, or you may call it a “destination,” in which we are immediately present upon our passing.  Just ask any cardiologist who has brought people back to life from clinical death.  Many cardiologists have heard stories from their patients who went to heaven or to hell, and were brought back to life.  I would wager that none of them said that they went anywhere else.  When people are revived from the dead, they know where they were before they were pulled back in to their bodies. 

So if there is a real Heaven, and there is a real Hell, then there is a real God and there is a real plan.  Stay with me here. 

Was merely professing Catholicism enough to get Ted in to heaven?  Well, the Bible states that in order to be saved into heaven, you must profess that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior: John 3:16 (New International Version) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Did Ted believe this? If Ted believed, would not his actions have matched his words and deeds? 

Harry Reid reminded us of Kennedy’s own words, “The dream shall never die,” in calling on colleagues to carry on where Kennedy left off.  “As we mourn his loss, we rededicate ourselves to the causes for which he so dutifully dedicated his life”.

Let’s review these causes:

Senator Kennedy initially ran for office as a Catholic pro-lifer.  Once he was placed into office, he changed his position to become a pro-abortion activist.  Ted was one of the most relentless advocates for abortion on demand, funded by taxpayers whether they liked it or not — whether they believed it was murder or not. He championed abortion for over 30 years in the senate.   In addition, regarding the “life” issue, his possibly pregnant secretary was killed in his car which he abandoned, having driven into a river while in a drunken stupor.  Did Ted ever consider the Biblical commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Murder”?

An interesting twist to the life issue is that Ted supported the man-made creation of life through the creation of human embryos for the “clone and kill” bill.  Ted, Tom Harkin and Dianne Feinstein wanted to create human embryos for the express purpose of experimentation to be killed in scientific experiments.  Does not God give life and does not God take it away?

Ted also fought for the “right” for the same sex to marry and adopt innocent children, as well as promoted the homosexual agenda to our children in our public schools.  Yet God says:

Lev. 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”

Lev. 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them”

1 Cor. 6:9-10, “Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Rom. 1:26-28, “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”

It is crystal clear that God unambiguously condemns homosexuality.  Yet Ted and so many people, including self professed “Christians” fly in the face of God’s word and His will to re-position homosexuality as “good”. 

Well, it looks to me like Ted has some splainin’ to do with his Maker.  I wonder if he had a conversation with God about the killing of viable babies through partial birth abortion procedures under his watch. I wonder about many things that could potentially threaten his salvation.

God is always good.  He knows that we are all sinners and lose our way.  He is also a merciful God.  However, we are the ones who choose our destiny in eternity.  We can choose to follow God’s laws, commandments and statutes, or to follow the ugly little man with the pitch fork for our own self elevation and personal gain.  God gives us the freedom to choose our own destiny.

We can only hope that Ted repented, as we all have to do for our choices and sins against God, and made himself right before his Maker.

So many notable and/or famous people have died this year: Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays, Karl Malden, David Carradine, Alexis Arguello, Ed McMahon and Steve McNair.  I would hope that these passing’s would give us pause to consider our own destiny.



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