Catholic judges?


The Wall Street Journal notes that critics who once raised a public uproar over the possible judicial effects of having five Roman Catholic justices on the U.S. Supreme Court—that is, its effect on abortion law—are yawning in the face of Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination. Although she would make for a sixth Catholic out of nine judges—“a higher percentage than almost any Notre Dame starting lineup of the past three decades”—the WSJ argues that any Catholic nominated by liberal Democrats is not likely to be very religious. “More likely, the relatively soft reaction to Ms. Sotomayor’s Catholicism is because of a calculation that when it comes to hot-button issues such as abortion or gay marriage, she doesn’t really believe what her church teaches.”

The Wall Street Journal

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