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Justice Thomas speaks about Catholicism, youthful aspiration to priesthood

September 18, 2012

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke of his personal background and his Catholic faith in a recent public appearance, and revealed that during his youth he had planned to become a priest.

Questioned about the presence of 6 Catholics on the Supreme Court, Justice Thomas responded: “We’re all from the Ivy League. That seems to be more relevant than what faith we are.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Sep. 19, 2012 8:19 AM ET USA

    Justice Thomas' remark that the justices' Ivy League background seems to be more relevant than their religion was prescient! The secular culture is a powerful drug unmatched by the American Church's weak efforts to evangelize adult Catholics. As a result, American Catholics look (and poll) just like the rest of the country when we should be looking like Jesus. Christ must be very disappointed with both the hierarchy and laity of His American Church!

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Sep. 18, 2012 7:34 PM ET USA

    His initial priestly ambitions are not a revelation; he talked about it at length in his autobiography, now about 5 years old. Great book, too.