President Obama delivered this letter to the Pope during a visit last month, at the behest of the dying senior senator from Massachusetts.
At the risk of re-igniting the (entertaining, largely civil, if "unbalanced") discussion of Senator Kennedy's life and impact, it is difficult to read this letter and not be touched by the humanity of the situation. A dying man appealing to his faith's earthly leader, to pray for him as he moves into what comes next.
Kennedy was flawed--deeply. But the things he states in this letter that he tried to do in his 50 year political career represent a very fair and thorough self-appraisal of his legislative goals. I rarely agreed with the man, but he tried hard to accomplish good things.
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