Among the newly announced federal judges selected by President Donald Trump is a Catholic law professor who once co-wrote a law review article on Catholic judges sitting over death penalty cases.
“Catholic judges must answer some complex moral and legal questions in deciding whether to sit in death penalty cases,” Professor Amy Coney Barrett of Notre Dame Law School wrote in an article published in the Marquette Law Review in 1998.
Barrett was nominated on Monday by President Trump to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, one of nine nominations to federal courts made by the president. Other picks included Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Justice Joan Larsen of Michigan’s Supreme Court.
Barrett clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia and teaches law at the University of Notre Dame. She has twice been honored as “Distinguished Professor of the Year.”
In 2015, ahead of the Ordinary Synod on the Family, she signed a “letter to synod fathers from Catholic women” that upheld Church teaching on marriage, family, and the human person, and decried “ideological colonization.”
“We see the teachings of the Church as truth – a source of authentic freedom, equality, and happiness for women,” the letter stated. “We stand in solidarity with our sisters in the developing world against what Pope Francis has described as ‘forms of ideological colonization which are out to destroy the family’ and which exalt the pursuit of ‘success, riches, and power at all costs’.”
In a 2006 address to law school students, she exhorted them to make it their “life project to know, love, and serve the God who made you.”
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