With the nomination (and presumed confirmation by the Senate in time for the first Monday in October) of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court, a moment in judicial history has been reached that would have been unimaginable, and perhaps repulsive, to the Framers.
That is, six of the nine justices of the Supreme Court will be Roman Catholic, two will be Jewish, and only one -- John Paul Stevens, the Court's oldest member -- will be a white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP). The Catholic bloc includes Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts and associate justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito.
Who would ever have foreseen a Catholic supermajority on the Supreme Court?
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