Several days ago I shared a number of questions I would pose to Ms. Barrett before the Senate hearings. Now, having seen her in action for three days of hearings, I offer additional questions, all in the spirit of the quest for Community that is our theme these days.
- You refused to answer Senator Harris’ questions about climate change, saying it was “contentious” and not agreed upon. Yet you claim to be an earnestly practicing Roman Catholic and Pope Francis has written in his “Laudato Si” encyclical that “the climate is a common good belonging to all and meant for all” and “scientists agree that climate change is mainly as a result of human activity” and the poor in particular suffer the most due to climate change.
2. Are you aware that St Thomas Aquinas calls willful denial of something important (such as climate change) a “mortal sin”?
3. Do you belong to a Catholic sect that rejects Pope Francis’ teachings about climate change? What about his teachings about today’s Wall Street led capitalism that destroys the Earth, the poor and Main Street?
4. When Senator Booker asked you what books you had read about black history you said ‘none.’ What right then do you have to make decisions that will deeply impact millions of Americans who suffer from 400 years of slavery and its on-going effects?
5. Do you have any misgivings about the covid-spreading event held in your honor on the white house grounds?
6. Are issues of climate change and wearing masks part of your agenda of being “pro-life”? (Or does your passion for “pro life” apply only to fetuses and not to living human beings?)
7. I was stunned that you said you never heard Trump say he hired you to kill Obamacare and Roe and to help decide the election. Every other American heard it.
8. Why did you refuse to condemn voter intimidation? Did you not know it was a felony?
9. Why did you not condemn threats made by one presidential candidate to the peaceful transfer of power?
10. You have said that you admired Justice Ruth Ginsberg. Are you being two-faced–saying on the one hand that you admire her and are indebted to her; and on the other trampling on her final wish she made the last week of her life that we wait for the next president to appoint a new judge?
11. Are you concerned that your going along with this sham court appointment rammed through in a time of pandemic and election will taint the reputation of the court for a very long time?
I felt a chill listening to your refusal to answer so many questions while exposing your ignorance about the real world today—and seeming lack of curiosity about it. I think you should get your head out of law books (and imagining what constitutional framers wanted to say in 1776) and learn what is going on around you before you dare to pass judgments that will affect the lives of millions of 21st century people.
Why not do the right thing and drop out of this nomination until a president is elected? That is what Justice Ginsberg asked and it is the right and wise path to choose.
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See Matthew Fox, A Spirituality Named Compassion; Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth.
See Matthew Fox, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times
Queries for Contemplation
Did you watch or read about the committee meetings this week? Which questions here stand out the most to you? What additional questions would you pose to the supreme court justice nominee?
A Spirituality Named Compassion: Uniting Mystical Awareness with Social Justice
In A Spirituality Named Compassion, Matthew Fox delivers a profound exploration of the meaning and practice of compassion. Establishing a spirituality for the future that promises personal, social, and global healing, Fox marries mysticism with social justice, leading the way toward a gentler and more ecological spirituality and an acceptance of our interdependence which is the substratum of all compassionate activity.
“Well worth our deepest consideration…Puts compassion into its proper focus after centuries of neglect.” –The Catholic Register