The Catholics on the nation’s highest court include Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
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Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans hailed Barrett, a Louisiana native, as “One of our own” on Monday evening saying, “We pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to lead her and guide her in her service to our country.”
Mississippi’s law allows for abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy only when the mother’s life or major bodily function is endangered, or when the baby has a severe abnormality and would not be able to survive outside the womb at full term.
COMMENTARY: The story of abortion law in the United States for the last 40 years is very much a story about Catholics in public life.
Barrett will be the sixth practicing Catholic justice at the Supreme court, joining Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Thomas, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Brett Kavanaugh.
In a 51-48 vote on Sunday, senators moved to invoke cloture on Barrett’s confirmation, setting a time limit on the debate over her confirmation, with a final vote at the end to confirm her to the Supreme Court
The young lawyer, who gave moving testimony on behalf of her former professor, speaks about clerking for Justice Clarence Thomas and about how her Catholic faith has helped shape her career.
Twelve Republicans on the committee voted on Thursday to report Barrett’s nomination favorably to the entire Senate; the ten Democrats on the committee were “not present,” having informed chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the night before that they would boycott the hearing.
COMMENTARY: Coons’ grilling of Barrett over contraception employed a reverse theology of the body that contrasts radically with what JPII taught about the ‘language’ of conjugal self-giving.
In his “Letter to Women,” St. John Paul touched on all of her important roles