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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, June 15, 2009

What about a "wise Catholic"?

"I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life" - Sotomayor

Just about everyone has heard this quote, or the feminist variation that drops the "Latina" part, expressing Sotomayor's neo-racism and tired feminism.

Perhaps the best comment on this comes from my favorite lesbian commentator, Camille Anna Paglia:

Sotomayor's vainglorious lecture bromide about herself as 'a wise Latina' trumping white men is a vulgar embarrassment -- a vestige of the bad old days of male-bashing feminism when even the doughty Ann Richards was saying to the 1988 Democratic National Convention: 'After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.' What flatulent canards mainstream feminism used to traffic in! Astaire, idolized even by Mikhail Baryshnikov, was one of the most brilliant and peerless dancers and choreographers of the 20th century. The agile but limited Ginger Rogers, a spunky, smart-mouthed comedian, is only a footnote. Get real, girls! This is the kind of mushy balderdash I doggedly had to plow through for five years in trying to find a good feminist poem for my collection, 'Break, Blow, Burn.' I never found one.
Between resurgent ethnic tribalism and exhausted feminism, Sotomayor left out the one thing that might have actually made her statement true. Her Catholicism.

What if she had said, "Without a doubt I know, that an authentic Catholic, with the richness of her understanding of faith and reason, natural law and civil law, and the moral duties and limits of her office, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than someone who hasn't lived that life" - Sotomayor

Of course if this was true of her, she wouldn't have made such an ideologically idiotic statement in the first place, but aside from the fact that this isn't true of her, that she is one of the many ignorant Catholics who have rejected their faith for fools gold, is it true in principle that good Catholics make better judges?

Do authentic Catholics, in other words, Catholics of whole mind, heart and strength, make better judges (assuming parity of legal training and skill)?

This guy seems to think so (at least if the white male is evangelical):