Supreme Court Catholics

Nick Rieper and friends discover that there are six Catholic members of the Supreme Court. Sounds stange doesn’t it? Well here are the names and faiths of the current Court. In fact, all of the numbers cited by Rieper are accurate!

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr………………………..Roman Catholic
Justice Antonin Scalia…………………………………………Roman Catholic
Justice Anthony Kennedy…………………………………..Roman Catholic
Justice Clarence Thomas…………………………………….Roman Catholic
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg………………………………Jewish
Justice Stephen Breyer……………………………………….Jewish
Justice Samuel Alito……………………………………………Roman Catholic
Justice Sonia Sotomayor……………………………………..Roman Catholic
Justice Elena Kagan…………………………………………….Jewish

Religion

When the Supreme Court was established in 1789, the first members came from among the ranks of the Founding Fathers and were almost uniformly Protestant. Of the 112 justices who have been appointed to the court, 91 have been from various Protestant denominations, 12 have been Catholics (one other Justice, Sherman Minton, converted to Catholicism after leaving the Court), eight have been Jewish and one, David Davis, had no known religious affiliation. Three of the 17 chief justices have been Catholics, and one Jewish Justice, Abe Fortas, was unsuccessfully nominated to be Chief Justice.

Read more:   The Court Demographics

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