I was all set to make a “finally, a Catholic on the Supreme Court!” joke. And then I got a memo from the fact-checking department pointing out that we don’t really know for sure what religion Sonia Sotomayor is.
It turns out the there’s a lot of evidence both ways:
yes: “Sotomayor” sounds like a Catholic name
yes: attended Catholic schools
no: attended Protestant law school
yes: big fan of Nancy Drew
no: big fan of Perry Mason
yes: believes in Virgin birth of Jesus
no: skeptical about “perpetually-intact hymen” doctrine
yes: treats her law clerks like her children, possibly including baptism, confirmation, and altarboyism
no: never had children of her own, in direct violation of Catechism 2373
yes: supernatural belief that Court of Appeals is “where policy is made”
no: reputation as rigorous, rational thinker
Apparently she is Catholic, but an “attends church for family celebrations and other important events” Catholic. As I am not a Catholic, I’m not sure what counts as “important events,” but I’m guessing that Easter Egg hunts are included.