Last month saw the unsurprising confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Barrett is only the fifth woman to hold a seat on the court, but despite Senate Republicans’ efforts to emphasize Justice Barrett’s qualifications as a jurist, woman, mother and caretaker, most Americans are less concerned with her gender than her religiosity. When oral arguments begin next week, Justice Barrett will be one of six Catholics on the bench — and that is not counting Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was raised in the Roman Catholic faith but now attends an Episcopalian church.
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