Friday, November 22, 2013

50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Kennedy was the first and only Catholic to ever America's highest office. While his death was due to politics and not necessarily for religious reasons, we must keep in mind what the Catholic teachings on such tragic events and the fatal circumstances that occur. 

Because of his Catholic Faith, President Kennedy was the only President to have a Requiem Mass said for the repose of his soul (which was said by Cardinal Cushing). He will be the only Catholic president America has unless someone who exclusively attends the Tridentine Mass (or any other rite older than A.D. 1370) is elected. 

It seems like that ever since Kennedy's assassination, society has gone down hill, and especially the Church for abandoning her sacred liturgy. For example, while several Protestant congregations have plans for an orchestral Requiem tonight, there are no Catholic parishes in Massachusetts, his home state, offering a 50th anniversary Requiem Mass for the repose of the President's soul.

While most Americans (especially Catholic Americans) think that President Kennedy died a martyr, we are not certain that he is in heaven. So therefore it is still appropriate to pray for the repose of his soul until a cause for his canonization is ever opened, just like any soul in Purgatory.