Friday, June 09, 2006

Another reason to dislike Scalia

If his callous approach to the death penalty and his gallant, self-serving invocation of his Catholicism wasn't enough, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has now made news for using an obscene gesture in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. When asked if he "gets a lot of crap from [his] critics" for his rulings on religion--clearly a softball from a Boston Herald reporter--he made the gesture you can see here.

The photographer who captured Scalia in all his grace was actually covering the event for The Pilot, the Boston archdiocesan newspaper. They ordered him not to publish it, but since he is a freelancer, they couldn't stop him. He sold the photo to The Herald, and The Pilot subsequently fired him.

Now why would the Boston archdiocese want to quash an unflattering photo of Scalia?

A better question, though, is why Scalia, a outspoken proponent of the wide use of the death penalty, even against minors and the mentally disabled and mentally ill, gets to speak in a Boston church while Voice of the Faithful chapters have difficulty meeting on church property is beyond me.


At 11:08 PM, Blogger LargeBill said...


I think you are misreading the meaning of his gesture. While younger people use that gesture as a "cute" way of giving the middle finger, older Italians would interpret it as "it means nothing to me." Also, I think it is overboard to say he is a proponent of the death penalty. He has ridiculed the weak legal argument used by some opponents of the death penalty. That is not the same as being in favor of it. Personally, I wish no one would ever be executed. Having said that, I understand that government is tasked with enforcing laws and protecting its citizens.

At 6:21 PM, Blogger Heidi said...

Catholic journalism once again shines as a moral beacon.


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