Strangers can hardly judge Kennedy’s prayer life or discussions with clergy. But if a politician’s public speeches and stands obviously contradict church teaching, then it’s hard to push him or her as a “devout Catholic.” In political terms, if a politician claimed to be a “devout liberal” in their personal life, but voted with liberals only half the time, the liberals would choke on the “devout liberal” line and protest it wasn’t accurate. Even Amy Sullivan would probably avoid her usually ridiculous labeling in that case.