Signs were not from a small group of extremists, but a much larger, well funded conservative Catholic organization, founded by One of the most senior Catholic pro-life activists in the United States. American Life League (ALL) founded by its President Judie Brown, appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Academy for Life, said of the Kennedy funeral affair: “The entire travesty, from the television cameras to spectacle itself, goes beyond anything I have witnessed in my more than 65 years of life. In fact, while we all thought the appearance of President Barack Obama at the University of Notre Dame was a scandal, the very idea that he offered a eulogy in a basilica, while the real presence of Christ was in the tabernacle, is perhaps the most dastardly thing I have ever seen.”
The American Life League is a Catholic tax-exempt charity and one of the top fundraising Catholic organizations. Judie Brown is better known as the "grandmother of the modern anti-choice movement" who popularized aggressive clinic blockades and sidewalk "counseling" tactics to harass health care providers and clinic patients beginning in the 1980s. In a mass email sent September 14, Judie Brown asked supporters to purchase her “Bury Obamacare with Kennedy” signs in order to declare their “outrage” at the current national debate about reforming the health care system. Ms. Brown also expressed pride that her signs were featured prominently at an anti-government rally held in Washington, DC on September 12 and hosted by conservative radio talk show host Glenn Beck.
Although many Catholic organizations condemned ALL's actions, there is no doubt that many in America, and elsewhere, wonder how Catholics could denigrate a family who's helped so many, not to mention, a family that produced America's first Catholic President.