Reports today:

If John Roberts is confirmed, he will be the fourth Roman Catholic on the Supreme Court, an all-time high that is focusing attention on how faith might influence law on the high court….
Two of the Catholics on the current court – Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas – are abortion foes. Scalia, whose son Paul is a priest, and Thomas are sometimes seen walking together to the court after attending Mass on holy days of obligation.
But the third Catholic – Anthony Kennedy – voted with the majority in a 5-4 ruling in 1992 reaffirming the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, despite some apparent inner turmoil. The late Justice Harry Blackmun said Kennedy worried “about the attention he would get as a Roman Catholic reaffirming Roe.”
The lone Catholic on the Supreme Court when Roe was decided in 1973, William Brennan, supported liberal access to abortion….

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