Fr. Hesburgh Reflects on Kennedy Legacy

Father Hesburgh and President Kennedy

Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., believes President John F. Kennedy would have accomplished much as president if he had not been assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.

Fr. Hesburgh, president emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, spoke to the South Bend Tribune about Kennedy prior to the 50th anniversary of the president’s death. Fr. Hesburgh was an integral part of the push for civil rights, supported by the late president and passed under his successor, Lyndon Johnson. Kennedy “was almost always in the right corner. He was in favor of the right things. He really died long before he had the chance to pull it all together,” Fr. Hesburgh said.

Kennedy brought hope to Catholics and the nation, he said.

Read the entire story about Fr. Hesburgh’s interaction with President Kennedy on the South Bend Tribune website.

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