It is obvious that Ted Kennedy was not saved. There is no evidence of saving faith and no assurance whatsoever in this letter. In fact, the language he uses repeatedly shows that he was striving to earn his way into heaven:
"...I have tried to right my path."
"...I have done my best..."
"I have worked..."
"...my work as a United States senator..."
"...I am committed to doing everything I can to achieve..."
And the final clincher,
>"I have always tried to be a faithful Catholic..."
How sad. How very, very sad.
Oh my friends, may all of you who are Roman Catholics or have come out of Roman Catholicism see and take note of the life and infinitely tragic death of Ted Kennedy! False religion always teaches salvation by works, but the true Gospel is that nothing you can do will ever earn your salvation! Stop your striving, and rest in Christ and His once-for-all finished work alone!
"By the works of the law no flesh will be be justified in His sight." Romans 3:20 NASB