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Catholic Recusals on the Supreme Court?


Earlier this week, the historian Joyce Appleby published an op-ed with the McClatchy-Tribune syndicate, suggesting that the Catholic justices on the Supreme Court should perhaps recuse themselves in cases where their church has taken a position (she cited abortion, same-sex marriage, and the death penalty).  Today I have a response to her ill-considered notion at  I should have mentioned in that piece that I first came across a mention of Appleby’s article at the “First Thoughts” blog at First Things.

(Technical note: I understand the article is not currently visible if you browse with Internet Explorer, but can be seen in Firefox.  For IE users, it should be visible tomorrow.)


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