- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 28, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey R. Stone, who is quoted in your story “The Catholic majority” (Culture, Wednesday), would like people to believe that all judicial opponents of Roe v. Wade are Catholics. The historical record, however, contradicts this, and Judge Sonia Sotomayor, if confirmed, will buttress that record. Neither of the two dissenters in Roe v. Wade - Justices Byron White and William H. Rehnquist - was Catholic. However, the one Catholic on the Supreme Court at that time, Justice William Brennan, was an ardent supporter of the decision.

During the contentious confirmation hearings of Judge Robert H. Bork, “Catholic” Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, vilified Mr. Bork over his criticism of Roe v. Wade. For many Catholics in public life today - including Mr. Kennedy, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - “Catholic” is an ethnic badge more than it is an indication of religious or political belief.

SEYMOUR KLEIMAN

Baltimore

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