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Archbishop: ‘in choosing presidents, we choose judges’

September 30, 2016

In a reflection on the presidential election, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, emphasized that “in choosing presidents, we choose judges, too.”

“I sympathize with those who have come to the conclusion they will not vote for either candidate,” he said. “Personally, I feel an obligation to discern which candidate might do the least damage and which candidate, despite their weaknesses, has the potential to do the most good for our nation and world … After all, life is filled with imperfect choices.”

He added:

In my opinion, one of the most significant responsibilities of the president is the appointment not only of Supreme Court justices, but all federal judges. Since more and more public policy issues are being decided by the courts — not the Congress or the state legislatures — the selection of judges has become extremely important … The president of the United States exercises enormous power by his or her appointments to the court, the Cabinet and federal agencies and commissions.

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