Church and State

Did Justices’ Catholicism Play Part in Abortion Ruling? By Robert Barnes, Washington Post Staff Writer

Is it significant that the five Supreme Court justices who voted to uphold the federal ban on a controversial abortion procedure also happen to be the court’s Roman Catholics? …

[On the other hand,] last week, four of the five Catholics were in the court’s minority in voting to uphold death sentences in three cases from Texas. Capital punishment is another issue to which the church is opposed, although it hasn’t held the same political currency as abortion.