Readers of
First Things
will already know of the recent senatorial attacks on judicial nominees for their Catholicism. In the 2017 hearings for circuit-court judge Amy Coney Barrett, Senator Dick Durbin, who is Catholic, asked: “Do you consider yourself an ‘orthodox Catholic’?” And Senator Dianne Feinstein told her: “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.” More recently, in the waning days of 2018, Senators Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono took Brian Buescher to task for being a member of the Knights of Columbus.
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