Catholic majority on the high court?

Alito would make five
If Judge Samuel Alito is confirmed as the next member of the U.S. Supreme Court, he will usher in the Court’s first-ever Catholic majority.

Alito would join fellow Catholics Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts on the Court. Justices John Paul Stevens and David Souter are Protestants, while Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer are Jewish. (Retiring justice Sandra Day O’Connor, an Episcopalian, will step down from the bench when her successor is approved by the U.S. Senate sometime next year.)

The development is significant in a number of ways, most notably as near-certain proof that anti-Catholicism in politics is dead. “It’s much deader than people have thought,” said Michael Novak, a Catholic theologian at the American Enterprise Institute. “You almost have to go looking for it. It’s not out there screaming at you.”


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