The `Catholic seat' on the Supreme Court

In a short interview published in The Washington Post this weekend, scholar Barbara Perry spoke about her research for a book concerning the history of Catholics on the U.S. Supreme Court. She notes that Justice William Brennan said in a 1985 interview with her that his was indeed a "Catholic seat" on the court.She explained: "He said members of Eisenhower's administration even went to his priest and asked, `Is he a good Catholic?' " Perry said Brennan was concerned about representation for minority groups and women, "but back then he told me: `Fifty years from now, no one will care about these things."

Paul Moses, a contributing writer at Commonweal, is the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace (Doubleday, 2009) and An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York's Irish and Italians (NYU Press, 2015). Follow him on Twitter @PaulBMoses. 

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