Trump nominates Catholic judge for Supreme Court

Donald Trump and Amy Coney Barrett at the announcement of her nomination for the US Supreme Court at the White House on Saturday (CNS/Carlos Barria, Reuters)

US President Donald Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett, a Chicago-based judge and a Catholic mother of seven, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Source: CNS.

Mr Trump said he was honoured to nominate Judge Barrett, whom he described as “one of the nation’s most gifted legal minds” to the court.

Judge Barrett, 48, said she was “humbled by the prospect of serving in the Supreme Court,” and said if she were confirmed, she would always be mindful she would be following in Justice Ginsburg’s footsteps.

Noting she would be in a group of nine as a justice, she said this is something she is very used to, with her husband and their family of seven children. She also stressed that if confirmed she would “assume the role to serve you,” the American public, and she has no illusions that the road ahead will be easy.

The news drew immediate reaction from both sides of the political spectrum and Catholics were similarly vocal in either support or alarm over Mr Trump’s nominee choice.

Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, an independent political advocacy group, said Catholics are thrilled with the nomination and believe she represents "the best choice to protect the rule of law and our constitutional rights.”

Catholics expressing concern about the pick stressed unease with her stance on a number of issues. John Gehring, the Catholic program director for advocacy group Faith in Public Life, tweeted: “Being ‘pro-life’ isn’t a single issue. Many Catholic voters are worried that Amy Coney Barrett could undermine health care access, workers rights’, environmental protections and other moral issues central to church teaching.”

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