It appears a done deal: Amy Coney Barrett, faithful Catholic and Supreme Court nominee, will be confirmed to the Supreme Court before election day. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote at 1:00 p.m. Thursday; and just a few days later, the Republican-majority Senate will vote to approve the nomination. Even liberal Democrats acknowledge that there is little to stop her from assuming a seat on the Supreme Court. As Democratic Sen. Cory Booker admitted, “The goose is pretty much cooked.” Judge Barrett will become Justice Barrett, taking her seat on the Supreme Court just days before the general election.
The date of the Judiciary Committee vote is significant. For one thing, because Judge Barrett’s advancement toward a seat on the Supreme Court will take place on the feast day of a saint she admired — St. John Paul II.
Pope John Paul II, whose feast day we celebrate on Oct. 22, released his “Letter to Women” in June 1995, three months before the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing. In that letter, the Holy Father spoke to Amy Coney Barrett in all of her roles: as a busy professional, but also as wife and mother, and as a member of a wider family who love her, and whom she loves. That the Pope should attach equal significance to each of these roles of women is noteworthy, and is in stark opposition to the view of many contemporary feminists, who see women’s responsibilities to their families as holding them back from what feminists perceive as really important: the world of work. G.K. Chesterton unmasked that error when he wrote, “Feminism is a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers, but slaves when they help their husbands.”
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