Anti-Catholic bigotry has no place in the confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.
It was the liberal scholar Father James Martin who wrote 20 years ago about the bane that is anti-Catholicism. It’s often called the “last acceptable prejudice.” It isn’t acceptable. Not then. And not now.
The country may be about to see who among us still harbors this prejudice.
In the 2017 confirmation hearing for Barrett, Senator Diane Feinstein infamously said to the judge, “the dogma lives loudly within you.”
This open attack on Barrett’s beliefs was roundly and rightly condemned. It should not be repeated.
When it comes to a nominee’s faith—or lack of it—Article VI of the United States Constitution makes it clear: “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
That’s an absolute prohibition in the Constitution, and any senator who violates it should be ashamed—and shamed.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett ought to have a respectful hearing—and a quick confirmation.