Let me first be very clear about the facts. Senator Kennedy was a Catholic who publicly dissented from the teaching of the Church on abortion. His voting record contributed to the death of many unborn babies over the course of his career in the Senate. It is a shameful record and cannot be glossed over or defended. Knowing that he ignored the plight of the helpless unborn makes it very difficult to listen to the endless accolades and tributes presented by the media.
However, it is up to God to decide where Senator Kennedy will spend eternity. As Catholics, our duty is to pray for his soul. Praying for the living and the dead is one of the Spiritual Acts of Mercy and is the proper thing to do, whether we like it or not. While it is appropriate to speak out against his horrific anti-life voting record, we should always show charity toward the man himself. The ultimate expression of that charity is to pray for him.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.