Patrick's Day with Mayor Daley and Himself , his biography of Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, that won both the Thomas More Medal for "the most distinguished contribution to Catholic Literature in " as well as the Carl Sandburg Award for the best non-fiction by a Chicago author, represent his interest in Chicago.
His On Becoming a Counselor is described as "an unusually helpful, well-conceived guide"  for non-professional counselors — those persons such as teachers, lawyers, ministers, nurses, priests and others — who may have to do counseling as part of their professional work. During the s, Kennedy co-authored Defendant with his wife, Sara Charles. He also published 3 novels: Father's Day , that was awarded the Carl Sandburg Award for the best fiction by a Chicago author in ; Queen Bee ; and Fixes During the s and into the new century, Kennedy, continued to publish including a biography of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, This Man Bernardin ,and reflections on his relationship with the Cardinal, My Brother Joseph At the time of his death, Kennedy was working with co-author Sara Charles on the 4th edition of On Becoming a Counselor slated for publication in June Heckler, is considered a landmark study that was prescient of the sex abuse crisis that broke into the public's awareness in As Kennedy had earlier published The Genius of the Apostolate that focused on the emotional health of Roman Catholic seminarians, he was named chief investigator of the psychological component.
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The study concluded that two-thirds of the priests in the study were found to be emotionally undeveloped, had not achieved the kind of growth that psychological theory would expect from men of their chronological age and vocational responsibility, and, as such, had not been able to achieve healthy, trusting and non-sexual relationships. These men lacked the emotional maturity and life experiences that made mandatory celibacy difficult for many of them.
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Although a passionate defender of celibacy, he came to believe that it should be a matter of choice, not a rule. The sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church broke into the public's awareness with the well-known work of the Boston Globe reporters in Kennedy, who felt a deep love for the church, outlined two pathways for the church leadership to address the issue: 1 to develop a healthy sense of sexuality within the clergy and 2 to replace the current hierarchical structure that was unhealthy, unaccountable, and authoritarian with a healthy, accountable, authority structure.
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He felt that until the church was able to get sexuality right, it could not get humanity right and if humanity isn't right, it could not get right the sacramental life of the Church which is its window into the mystery of God. In addition to publishing a number of books, Kennedy also wrote articles and opinion pieces in numerous publications and newsletters, as well as columns for the Chicago Tribune, Religious News Service  and the National Catholic Reporter's "Bulletins from the Human Side.
Throughout his career, Kennedy was a frequent TV commentator on politics and religion and lectured widely. His final lecture was given on Maryknoll Alumni Day, celebrating the th anniversary of Maryknoll, on September 16, Kennedy left the priesthood in and married Sara Charles M.
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They had homes in Chicago and Michigan. Kennedy died at Lakeland Hospital, St.
Joseph, Michigan of heart failure. His funeral Mass was celebrated in Old St.
Joseph, Michigan. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the American biochemist, see Eugene P. For the basketball player, see Goo Kennedy.
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