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Yet this Catholic feels intense concern that Catholic doctrine could shape (or distort) the freedom and future of millions of women and men. There is a crown of religious fervor around the court, an ecclesiastical ethos that threatens to upend our entire country.

I come from a family that follows Catholic dictates on abortion and I respect the opinions of those close to me. But it’s hard for me to see the church trying to control women’s sexuality after a shocking number of its own priests sexually abused children and teenagers for decades, and were retrained in other parishes, while the church covered up the whole scandal. It is also difficult to see the church articulating its anti-abortion stance in the context of caring for women as it continues to keep women in subordinate roles in the church.

Religiosity is a topic that some Catholics in the court have been more open about in recent years.

Last year, at Thomas Aquinas College in California, Judge Samuel Alito worried about growing cultural hostility toward Christianity and Catholicism. “There is a real movement to suppress the expression of anything that opposes secular orthodoxy,” he said. Precisely what belief or practice of his religion does he think has been denied?

President Biden is a Catholic who is uncomfortable with the issue of abortion despite his support for Roe. Yet when Barrett was a law professor at Notre Dame, a group to which she belonged unanimously denounced the university’s decision to honor Biden even though it did not support the church’s position on the abortion.

We don’t have anyone in the public arena like Mario Cuomo, who respected the multiplicity of values ​​in an open society and had the courage to wade through Notre Dame’s lion’s den in 1984.

“The Catholic who holds political office in a pluralist democracy — who is elected to serve Jews and Muslims, Atheists and Protestants, and Catholics — bears a special responsibility,” Cuomo said. “It undertakes to help create conditions in which everyone can live with maximum dignity and with a reasonable degree of freedom; where everyone who chooses may have different beliefs than specifically Catholic ones – sometimes contradictory with them; where laws protect people’s right to divorce, use birth control, and even choose abortion.

The explosive nature of Alito’s opinion project on Roe highlighted just how radical the majority of the court is, eager to fit women into their zealous worldview — a view most Americans reject. It also showed how radical Republicans are; although after pushing for this result for decades, because it was a good political weapon, they now pretend that it does not matter. We will all have to live with the catastrophic results of their fanaticism.

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