b. March 11, 1936
d. February 13, 2016
On February 13th, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia passed away unexpectedly of natural causes in his sleep while on a hunting trip in Texas. A lifelong devout Catholic, Scalia was happily married and the father of nine children and fifty grandchildren. His son, a priest, Father Paul Scalia, will celebrate his funeral at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 20th. The Mass of Christian Burial will be carried live on EWTN.
In a speech before the Knights of Columbus, Baton Rouge Council 969 on January 29, 2005, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a lifelong, devout, Italian, Catholic, said the following on religious faith in public life:
"[H]ave the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world."
And (for any of you young people still discerning your vocation in life), on why he became a lawyer, he also said this on April 9, 2008 in his remarks to Virginia high school students:
"I had an Uncle Vince -- most Italians have an Uncle Vince -- who was a lawyer. And he seemed to have a good life so I thought I'd give it a shot. And it turns out it was what I loved. Don't do it if you don't love it, it's not the most exciting profession unless you love the process, you love words."
In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.
"May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your arrival and lead you to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and with Lazarus, once poor, may you have eternal rest."