Catholic bishops, academics and policy experts in the United States have hailed the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Source: CNA.
Justice Barrett was confirmed on Monday evening in a Senate vote that mostly divided along party lines.
She is now the sixth practicing Catholic justice at the Supreme court, joining Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Thomas, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Brett Kavanaugh.
In addition, Justice Barrett will join Justice Sotomayor as the only two Catholic female Supreme Court justices in US history.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans hailed Justice Barrett, a Louisiana native, as “one of our own”.
“We pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to lead her and guide her in her service to our country.”
Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee, also added his congratulations to Justice Barrett via Twitter, as did Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas.
Justice Barrett’s arrival at the Supreme Court was also welcomed by her former colleagues at the University of Notre Dame, where she was both a law student and professor for several years.
“Recognised by experts from across the spectrum of judicial philosophies as a superb legal scholar and judge, she is an esteemed colleague and a teacher revered by her students. Justice Barrett becomes the first alumna of Notre Dame Law School and the first Notre Dame faculty member to be so honoured,” Fr John Jenkins CSC, president of the university said in a statement
During her confirmation process, Justice Barrett became a target for criticism by both media commentators and Democratic lawmakers, with multiple stories focusing on her religious beliefs and family.