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Justices attend toned-down Red Mass
Justices of the Supreme Court attend the annual Red Mass Sunday, which celebrates the courts and the legal profession, on October 3, 2010.
October 2nd, 2011
06:16 PM ET

Justices attend toned-down Red Mass

By Laurie Ure, CNN

Washington (CNN) - A half dozen Supreme Court justices, hundreds of members of the legal profession and other dignitaries attended the annual Red Mass in Washington Sunday to hear what amounted to an uncharacteristically noncontroversial service.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined associate justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito for the service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, a beautifully ornate church located a few blocks from the White House.

All are Roman Catholic except Breyer, who is Jewish. The current Supreme Court is comprised of six Catholics and three Jews.

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soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. WOT

    Our congress voted them all in office! Would you feel better about the court if there was one JUDGE form each of the major religions!

    October 5, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  2. WOT

    Our congress voted them all in office! Would you feel better about the court if there was JUDGE form each of the major religions!

    October 5, 2011 at 12:19 am |
  3. hippypoet , the prophet

    say onto the lord god the SUN, we the people ask you why thoust shine and whom thoust shine for? ALMIGHTY SUN THEN SPOKE – WHY DO HUMANS ASK SUCH QUESTIONS WHY I SHINE FOR THE REASON OF MY FIRE BURNS, THE HEAT IS GIVEN TO USE...TRANSFERR THE ENERGY INTO ALL THINGS, I THE GOD SUN, THE ALMIGHTY SUN, ALL POWERFUL AND GIVING GOD TELL ALL INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO USE MY ENERGY TO GO FORTH AND SHINE IN EACH YOUR OWN WAY, FOR ALL I FIND ARE BEAUTIFUL. PRAISE BE ONTO THE GREAT LORD GOD THE SUN ,THE ALMIGHTY SUN , ALL POWERFUL AND GIVING SUN!

    October 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Haley W

    A bunch of people on here a shrieking "separation of church and state!" Allow me to blow a raspberry in your face. Since when does having an individual who is a christian in politics conflict with that? 😛 You guys. You're such goobers. They are attending a mass not making the states worship God and attend church every Sunday! You sillies. 🙂

    October 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • J.W

      Hello Haley would you like to marry me?

      October 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • Haley W

      😀

      October 5, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  5. Mary Hillsbrough

    It would be wonderful if our political leaders practiced what they learned from the Word. Instead, they approve abortion. They disgust me.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Are you disgusted with those that actually have abortions, such as your fellow believers that account for 70+% of all abortions in the USA?

      October 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • Mary Hillsbrough

      Of course I am. They are not true Christians.

      October 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @Mary H:

      By what right are you judging that they are, or are not, true christians? Are you claiming, yet again, to know the will of your god?

      October 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • steveinmo

      @HotAirAce
      It is given men to know the "Will of God", to strive and look for those things the Lord desires.

      But it's not given for men to know the mind of God, or how he works or does the things he does.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @steveinmo

      I don't pretend or claim to know the will or mind of god because I do not believe that any gods exist – not even just one, no satan either.

      This is about Mary H chastising me (in another post) about making such a claim, and me pointing out to her that she does the very same thing, and does not answer simple follow up questions. She, just like herbie, makes statements that she cannot back up, so run and hide when the pressure is on. The good news for all is that they have shut up. The bad news, for christians, is that they are terrible examples of followers of the jesus myth.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  6. Bo

    @AGuest, Thank you for this post.Unfortunatley this is where our atheists friends are. They, in their worldy wisdom try to pull the Almighty God down to their way of thinking. They put themselves in judgement of God, because they that they judge the Godly as foolish become foolish themselves. They don't know the meaning of: the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of man. I've got a lot of things to do, I can't post any more untill this evening.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Nonimus

      "They, in their worldy wisdom try to pull the Almighty God down to their way of thinking. They put themselves in judgement of God, "
      How does one judge something that they don't believe exists?
      Judging those who believe in God, sure, but an Atheist judging God makes no sense.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • tribble10

      @Bo, say it again and say it proud. What these atheists do is horrible! How dare they insult the Flying Spaghetti Monster. May they be touched by his noodley appendage. Rahmen.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      yes bo

      your god is so wise that it coudnt get a single book right

      created the entire universe

      but couldnt find a way to edit out the mistakes of the bible

      October 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • Mary Hillsbrough

      INCORRECT! The Bible was written through man by God. Man is not perfect. Who are you to speak against Him?

      October 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  7. tricia12

    Interesting 6 Roman Catholics and 3 Jews, I thought the member of the court were 9 United States Citizens

    October 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  8. Bo

    @HotAirAce, Post 12:28 I think you stated more truth than you realize. The so called believers are rejecting the truth of the scriptures and falling into the pit of sin, including abortion, and claiming to be Christian. I believe in the end they shall be among those to whom Christ will say "depart from me...I know you not you workers of evil.

    October 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      are you talking about jesus

      the guy who said hed return almost 2000 years ago and didnt keep on his promise

      whats he gonna say again

      oh thats right

      if he existed hes dead

      October 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  9. Vatican

    Catholic Church Rulz!

    October 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Colin

      Not quite. It USED TO rule. It was called the "Dark Ages".

      October 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Well, technically the Catholic Church does rule Vatican City.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  10. hippypoet

    come, pray with me... ALMIGHTY SUN, WE YOUR LOVING AND OBEYING PEOPLE, PEOPLE OF YOUR ENERGY, GIVE THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR LIFE GIVING POWERS. AMEN! now go, be in the light, and let the ALMIGHTY SUN light your path.

    October 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      Put that bong down! It is too early to be this baked! Lather up with SPF 50 and get out there show your Sun God some respect mister!

      October 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  11. HotAirAce

    Given the past and recent attempt to coerce the SC justices on abortion, however subtley, they should not attend.

    On the other hand, if the believer hierarchy really wanted to do something about abortion, and given that 70+% of abortions in the USA are had by believers, all they have to do is get their cult members to follow their own rules, including applying sanctions (such as excommunication, if that is a cult's prescribed punishment) for failing to obey the cult's rules and not following their supernatural (but apparently powerless) "god." No changes in laws required – just personal behaviour!

    October 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • fred

      So you are starting to get the picture. Christians fail a lot and know it. That is why we need Jesus. How much do we fail to live up to Gods standards – all the time. This is why we need the Holy Spirit to indewell our very beings. This is why we give ourselves to Christ because we know there is not one good thing about us worth redemption.
      Heck if we knew we were good decent intellegent people capable of doing it our selves there would be no need for all this God stuff. What would the world be like if God did not exist and all us former christians were doing what we once loved to do and thought highly of ourselves for doing it?

      October 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @fred

      Provided your comments are limited to christians, I cannot argue with your statements as I assume you and your fellow cult members know your situation and needs best. If you choose to believe you have no worth or are unable to control yourselfs, that is your problem. That being said, I absolutley believe that society at large is quite capable of providing guidance on behaviour, and appropriate punishments when required – no gods required. So when you do throw off your silly childish beliefs, you should rest assured that you will become members of an orderly society with more than enough rules and enforcement to maintain a reasonable degree of control.

      October 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"I absolutely believe that society at large is quite capable of providing guidance on behavior, and appropriate punishments when required – no gods required."

      And since the majority of society does have some sense of Faith and belief then that "society at large" is possibly holding on to a higher power to provide guidance on behavior 🙂

      October 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      humanity cannot improve upon morality when it depends on a sky fairy to give it direction

      thats like asking a cloud to draw you a map

      only difference is that the cloud in the sky actually exists

      October 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  12. AGuest9

    So much for that separation of church and state.

    October 3, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • fred

      You got that right. There is a vast darkness between what our State is and what the true chruch of Christ is. Somehow we think what we see from our churches as representing what Christ set for His church. We have separation of Church and Christ not church and state. The state is as currupt as most chruches.

      October 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • gerald

      Huh? The Supreme Court Justices can't go to Church?

      October 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  13. Rainer Braendlein

    According to the book of Revelation of the Holy Bible, the Roman Catholic Church is the WHO-RE.

    The Beast (a community of most profane states) will finally abandon or forsake the WHO-RE. Look at Spain, Germany, etc.. Some decades ago and ever it was unimaginable that people protest against the Holy Father. Now they do it. Obviously the throne of the pope is about to become sinister and infamous.

    Up to 600 a. D. the bishop of Rome was a true Christian bishop (Gregory the Great was the last faithful bishop of Rome). But 607 the wicked tyrant Phocas (ruler of the Eastern Roman Empire) made the Roman See the highest on earth, which was a heavy crime, because God wants all sees to be equal.

    By the crime of Phocas the Roman Catholic Church lost her divine head Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the divine teacher of the Christian Church. Without the Holy Spirit a Church is damned to adopt heresies, because only the Spirit can guarantee the true doctrine. The Roman Catholic Church has become a pis-spot full of heresies (pis-spot of hell). All councils of the RCC are not free, but pre-determined. The participants of a Roman council just have to accept the decision, which the pope has made before. The RCC is not ruled by Christ of the Holy Spirit, but by the ridiculous pope.

    True Christian council: All participants (bishops) are equal. There is no predetermination. The bishops discuss under the lead of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the outcome of a Christian council is the true doctrine. The Byzantine Church held some councils, the so-called ecu-menical councils, which clarified a lot of complicated issues concerning the Trinity and the person of Christ.

    October 3, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • gerald

      REv 17 says Catholic Church? Really? The vatican isn't even on the 7 hills so sorry, it doesn't fit.

      October 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  14. Bo

    How many of you people actually think that the S.C. Justices were appointed because of their religious beliefs? I think they were appointed because of how politicaly liberal or conserviative they might be. which has little to do with their religious belifes. I feel they have all gone astray when trying to outguess the founding fathers. Somehow I just don't think they [the founding fathers] would agree with either party, and both sides would shout them down as to what is right.

    October 3, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Colin

      Subscribing to the religious superst.itions of the majority in the USA (Judeo-Christian) is virtually a pre-requisite for elevation to any high government office.

      How far do you think a Supreme Court nomineee would getin the confirmation process if they publically said they were an atheist or secualr humanist?

      October 3, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  15. hippypoet

    The logic of worshipping our SUN is beyond arguement. Some of you can argue for your beliefs btu fall short when evidence is needed to keep the stand going. Now I bring you a GOD that we can all share, see, feel, and need. best part – belief is not needed, faith is a thing of the past, and it doesn't hold grudges, unlike a certain "god" i know of.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • kimsland

      Religion is just plain stupid.
      And so is anyone that follows it.

      These 'justices' should be debarred, as they obviously do not follow normal rational common-sense thought.

      October 3, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      It is not logical to worship the sun. Oops, I went argued it. Sorry Crunchy Groove.

      October 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      kim

      i have to be honest

      i dont think youre very bright

      October 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  16. JohnQuest

    I have often wondered which they believed in or followed more the Consti-tution, their religious text, or the politicians that put them in office. Looking at their decisions over the last few years, I think it's the politicians that put them in office.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  17. Bo

    It seems my last statement, for some reason, did not post. Basicly what I said that as far as beliefs are concerned an unbalanced government and court id not good.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • Seriously

      Come on dude find the reply button – it's really annoying!

      October 3, 2011 at 8:43 am |
    • Ben

      The Reply button is easily available on the device that Bo is using. He is just too stupid to find and use it.

      October 3, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  18. Bo

    @truthPrevails Who are you refering to in your 7:07am post? You suppose he is right since there is no requirement to hold the position?

    October 3, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • fimeilleur

      Article VI, paragraph 3, and states that:

      The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Consti tution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

      Therefore, it is plausible that an Atheist could hold the office of Supreme Court Judge...

      October 3, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • MAJORITY always WINS

      It maybe plausible but can NOT be Materialized.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:30 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Majority: Of course it can be materialized. If a member of any position is not required to attest to their belief's then unless they right out state they are a non-believer/believer you would not know otherwise, thus making it extremely plausible.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  19. Reality

    For those who are "reading and understanding" challenged:

    Since the Catholic and Jewish Supreme Court judges can believe in many different aspects of their religions or not believe in many other aspects, one cannot "pigeon-hole" them as "rednecker" followers of the RCC catechism or the orthodox Torah.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:32 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      You hurt me with your words.

      October 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • .........

      hit report abuse to all reality posts

      October 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  20. Bo

    @There Ya Go: Reality's 10:52 list of Supreme Court Justices is useless. There so many of this sort of thing that Reality posts that are meaningless and useless. Show me, if you can, what good this list of judges is, in relation to this article? And, by the way, who is so insecure that he/she has to hide behind a screen name that isn't normaly used?

    October 3, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • Ben

      "And, by the way, who is so insecure that he/she has to hide behind a screen name that isn't normaly used?"
      -like Bo is "normal". Too funny.

      Bo, your mother and father have a lot in common, don't they, including a lot of recent overlap on their family trees.

      October 3, 2011 at 10:48 am |
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