Feinstein grills appeals court nominee on her Catholic faith: ‘The dogma lives loudly within you’

Feinstein grills appeals court nominee on her Catholic faith: ‘The dogma lives loudly within you’
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, asked 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Amy Coney Barrett about her Catholic faith during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. (Image source: Twitter video screenshot)

Democratic lawmakers asked Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, about her Catholic faith during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, according to the Washington Examiner.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called Barrett’s nomination “controversial.”

Barrett is a Notre Dame law professor, a mother of seven, and a former clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“You are controversial,” Feinstein said. “You are controversial because many of us that have lived our lives as women really recognize the value of finally being able to control our reproductive systems.”

Feinstein questioned if Barrett’s religious beliefs would impact her rulings on legal cases.

“When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country,” Feinstein said.

Barrett said during the hearing, “It’s never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge’s personal convictions on the law.”

“I would never impose my own personal convictions on the law,” Barrett said.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also questioned Barrett on her faith, citing a paper she wrote that referred to “orthodox Catholics.”

“Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Durbin asked.

Barrett replied that she is “a faithful Catholic,” reiterating that her faith “would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge.”

According to the Daily Caller, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) told Barrett during the hearing that “I think some of the questioning that you have been subjected to today seems to miss some of these fundamental constitutional protections we all have.”

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