Monday, March 27, 2006

A Religious Moment

A friend just emailed me a link to this news story about Justice Antonin Scalia:
Minutes after receiving the Eucharist at a special Mass for lawyers and politicians at Cathedral of the Holy Cross, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had a special blessing of his own for those who question his impartiality when it comes to matters of church and state.

"You know what I say to those people?" Scalia, 70, replied, making an obscene gesture under his chin when asked by a Herald reporter if he fends off a lot of flak for publicly celebrating his conservative Roman Catholic beliefs.

"That's Sicilian," the Italian jurist said, interpreting for the "Sopranos" challenged.
The friend's email was the expected leftist rant that a "fine, upstanding conservative leader like Scalia was just showing his true colors with this insulting disreguard [sic] for the sanctitude of the church." (Which was pretty hilarious, considering some of the things I have heard this friend say within the halls of our church.)

And while I cannot help but agree with his disdain for the reported gesture offered by Justice Scalia, I must confess that what I find the funniest part of this story lies in the description of the service he was attending: "a special Mass for lawyers and politicians."

Apparently these poor, demented souls require a little extra attention from the clergy these days.


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