Kennedy Scion's Book Probes Catholic Tension

Attempts to reconcile faith's teachings with modern life baffle many
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2008 4:41 PM CDT
Kennedy Scion's Book Probes Catholic Tension
In this Oct. 15, 1966, file photo, Bobby Kennedy and his wife Ethel pose with eight of their children. Kerry is the second from the left.   (AP Photo)

Kerry Kennedy—the seventh of Bobby's 11 children—is taking on everything from clergy abuse to hierarchy in the Catholic Church in a book out tomorrow, the Boston Globe reports. In Being Catholic Now, the churchgoing 49-year-old interviews prominent Catholics like Nancy Pelosi, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Sheen about common struggles with faith.

“I was feeling conflicted because my Catholicism is so deeply important to me—it was my sense of connection to the Almighty, to humanity, to my heritage, my upbringing,” Kennedy said. “And my Catholicism informed my view of the world, and the work that I do every day on social justice issues. And yet, so often when I went to church, I was confronted with words and symbols that were anathema to my values.” (Read more Ethel Kennedy stories.)

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