Record number of justices attend Red Mass
September 30th, 2012
04:07 PM ET
8 years ago

Record number of justices attend Red Mass

Washington (CNN) - Six of the nine Supreme Court justices attended the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Sunday. The event’s speakers spoke about using faith in decision-making but largely stayed away from the controversial issues the court will face in the coming months.

Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Elena Kagan all attended the 60th annual Mass. This was Kagan’s first Red Mass.


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  1. Gurgyl

    In a secular state–what is this nonsense?????????

    September 30, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Faith (religion and ethics a better way of stating it) does influence people. It shouldn't be the end of the decision process. It can be a part of it, but it shouldn't be the only method or information used to make the final call.

    September 30, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. John Oboho

    It's important to know one's faith,especially when it has to do with delicate decisions.One's faith is a window to the workings of that mind.

    September 30, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Borderless

    Oh great. Now all the Christian haters are gonna get their knickers in a wad.

    September 30, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. 200 TON HAMMER

    Redmass??? wow Messianic Wisdom is Way Better then gentile religion of man

    September 30, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Sooooooooo -- our Justices are influnced by the Roman Catholic Church. Kick them all out - I'm not catholic.
    A Red Mass is a Mass celebrated annually in the Catholic Church for judges, attorneys, law school professors, students, and government officials. The Mass requests guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice, and offers the opportunity to reflect on what Catholics believe is the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession.

    September 30, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    There will be a larger turnout of "people of faith" in this election that there has been in a long time. The left has been especially outspoken and derogatory toward Christians and God for the last three years and the pent up outrage will be shown at the polls.

    September 30, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Name

    What about the separation of church and state?

    October 1, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  9. Thomas

    In his last interview, an Italian cardinal condemned the Roman Catholic Church as "200 years behind" and needing radical transformation. Reform-minded Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini says just weeks before his death that Church is "200 years behind the times".

    Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Elena Kagan.

    Might be time to ask ones self , what is gods will.

    October 1, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  10. Mike

    Without faith, what is your frame of reference for good? A nation without faith is a nation without a foundation. Glad to see so many justices attend red mass together!

    October 1, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  11. Bob

    This has been going on since the 13th century in Europe. The Red Mass in DC has been celebrated annually since the 1950s. It marks the opening of the new judicial year. Justices, judges, elected officials and attorneys attend. The idea is to pray for justice and wisdom in our judicial system. It is typically attended by people of many faiths. They attend as individuals and not in the performance of their official duties. It does not reflect an establishment of religion by the government.

    October 1, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |