Patricia Zapor of Catholic News Service takes on the question of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor's religious practice. Zapor found this:
Jesuit Father Joseph O'Hare, the retired president of Fordham University who served with Sotomayor on a New York City campaign finance review council, said when he knew her beginning in the late 1980s she was indeed a practicing Catholic. He said he has no reason to think that has changed. They have stayed in touch intermittently, and he said she gave his name as a reference for her FBI background check.
"Many years ago, when this cub reporter was covering religion, the first edition of a brave, feisty, independent publication called National Catholic Reporter showed up at my desk. From that day forward, NCR became my template for excellent reporting. It has become one of my trusted spiritual guides, as well."
- NCR contributor
She would become the sixth Catholic on the current court, joining Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
Zapor also talked with Anthony Picarello, general counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who said he is studying Sotomayor's judicial rulings. He said:
Confirmation hearings will be held in the Senate this summer.