Magazine article Church & State , Vol. 62, No. 10
A high-ranking Roman Catholic cleric from Texas criticized legal abortion before six members of the U.S. Supreme Court, Vice President Joe Biden and several cabinet members at a special religious service in Washington, D.C., Oct. 4.
Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, speaking at the annual "Red Mass," urged members of the legal profession to protect the "literally voiceless"--a reference to the church's stand against all abortions.
"There are always smoldering wicks and bruised reeds needing our human attention," DiNardo said. "The many smoldering wicks are our 'clients' but more than clients. They are the poor and wealthy, confused and lucid, polite and impolite. In some cases, the clients are voiceless for they lack influence; in others they are literally voiceless, not yet with tongues and even without names. They too require our most careful attention and radical support."
The Roman Catholic worship service takes place at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Ir always attracts a large crowd, and many government officials attend.
Newly appointed Justice Sonia Sotomayor attended, along with Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer and Chief Justice John Roberts. (Justice Clarence Thomas, who often attends the service, was reportedly out of town attending a wedding.)
In addition to Biden, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood were present. Legal rimes reported that more than 1,000 people attended this year's service. …