The Faith of Antonin Scalia

Yet, according to Scalia, the only morality that mattered to the Supreme Court was that which resided in the Constitution. Writer David Gibson noted a few years ago that Scalia's nearly clinical reverence for interpreting morality in light of the law raised an interesting question for Catholics—and maybe all Christians who practice law:

Scalia's near-indifferentism to the morality of the law is striking to me as well, in that it sounds like he'd be championing abortion rights if he thought they were in the Constitution. (And I believe he has said he has no problem with states passing right to choose laws.) So does morality have a place in the law?

Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of deep, traditional faith who relied on his beliefs to serve as his guide throughout his long and distinguished life. In the end, we may best remember him for applying his religious convictions to his vocation in a way that should inspire all people of faith:

“A big part of his legacy will be how he navigated the relationship between one’s deeply held faith commitments and one’s role as a judge,” [law professor Richard] Garnett, of Notre Dame, says. “For him, the way to navigate that relationship, it was not to compromise one’s religious faith or water it down, it was to distinguish between the legal questions the judge has the power to answer and the religious commitments that a judge has the right to hold, just like all of us do.”