Robert George in his post yesterday observes that, “As Hadley Arkes has remarked, Kennedy evidently regarded his religion as so private a matter that he refused to impose it even on himself.” George comments that this remark applies not only to John Kennedy, but also to Kennedy’s brother Ted and his father Joseph.
I do not believe that cheap humor about the role of religion in people’s lives is amusing or charitable. But it does lead me to recommend two works that discuss the role of religion in the Kennedy family.
The first (which I have recommended before on this site) is a moving essay by Kerry Kennedy (the daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy) in Being Catholic Now (itself, a wonderful collection of essays by Catholics and ex-Catholics)....
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Being Catholic Now: A Review of Kerry Kennedy's Book
Recently, at Mirror of Justice, Cornell law professor Steve Shiffrin, recommended the book, Being Catholic Now by Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Attorney General and U. S. Senator, Robert F. Kennedy. Writes Professor Shiffrin:
(For those who are interested, Robert George replies to Professor Shiffrin here; Shiffrin replies to that reply here; and George replies to Shiffrin's reply here). Professor Shiffrin is a great guy who I had the pleasure to engage publicly at Cornell Law School in the spring of 2006. Nevertheless, I must part ways with him on his assessment of Kennedy's book. As luck would have it, I reviewed Kennedy's book last summer for The Catholic World Report. Here are excerpts from my review in which I discuss the essay that Shiffrin extols in his comments above:
Read the whole review here.