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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jan 27, 2006

The Economist has an interesting take (subscription required) on the Alito nomination to the Supreme Court. Noting the "remarkable historical turnaround" that has produced a Catholic majority on the High Court, The Economist attributes it partly to electoral politics-- the Republic discovery of the Catholic "swing vote"-- and partly to assimilation:

The America that produced so many Catholic intellectuals—the parallel America of Catholic schools and Catholic youth organisations—has dissolved as Catholics have moved out of their urban ghettos and into the anonymous suburbs.

If The Economist is right-- it's surely debatable-- then Catholic influence is increasing in large part because it's not distinctively Catholic influence. A partial victory at best.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 28, 2006 8:09 AM ET USA

    I agree with alter boy. We have a large presence of "Catholic" politicians passing the most anti-Catholic legislation in history! We may end up with a "majority Catholic" court making the most anti-Cathoic desisions (although the current history of the court would be hard to beat). I pray with my whole soul that these "Catholic" men are influenced totally by the teaching of their Mother, the Church! I guess we'll see...

  • Posted by: - Jan. 27, 2006 11:43 AM ET USA

    Bull! America has always been a WASP nation and it has always been decidedly anti-Catholic in influential cultural and political circles. As for Alito, he may indeed be a baptized Catholic, but that, as we have seen with so many other self-proclaimed Catholic politicians and jurists, means nothing. The suggestion that the Supreme Court may now be influenced by Catholic thought will be confirmed when Roe v. Wade is overturned. Don’t hold your breath.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jan. 27, 2006 10:15 AM ET USA

    The Economist continues its left handed swipes at Catholics as per the Oxbridge mafia that runs the paper. After all, if the Americans were on to something real, then jolly old England has made a terrible mistake. And, since England is run out of Oxford -- for heaven's sake -- that would mean..... Oh, never mind.

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