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USCCB spokeswoman pays tribute to Sargent Shriver

Catholic World News - June 19, 2012

The director of media relations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has paid tribute to Sargent Shriver (1915-2011), the onetime vice presidential candidate.

Commenting on Mark Shriver’s newly published biography of his father, Sister Mary Ann Walsh writes that Sargent Shriver’s

marriage to Eunice Kennedy made him part of the Kennedy clan, where at times philandering seemed to signify the good life. Yet no hint of scandal touched Sarge. And at his funeral after hearing more than one person speak of Sarge as “a good man,” the scandal-plagued Bill Clinton looked down on the coffin and said, “Every other man in this church feels about two inches tall right now.”

Recalling Shriver’s support for government aid for faith-based anti-poverty programs, Sister Walsh adds that Shriver’s words

made me long for someone to deliver that message today when some would trample religious rights by requiring all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for services that violate Church teachings, such as female sterilization and contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs.

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  • Posted by: jacobtoo - Jun. 19, 2012 8:03 PM ET USA

    If Clinton, not Hillary, runs again, I'll vote for him.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 19, 2012 5:57 PM ET USA

    I like that. At a time when many of us cringe whenever a religious sister opens her mouth in a public forum, this is a refreshing change of pace. And the Shrivers are certainly the pick of the Kennedy litter.

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