Justice Scalia: Elite scorns traditional Catholics

The following are excerpts from a March 3 story in The Denver Post. A link to the full story is provided below.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia today told a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500 Catholics to have “the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity” by society’s sophisticates.

Scalia, the longest-serving justice on the high court and one of its most conservative, received a rousing welcome from a throng sprawled across several adjoining rooms of the Denver Convention Center…

The 75-year-old Scalia said that today one can believe in a creator and the teachings of Jesus without being the brunt of too much ridicule, but that to hold traditional Christian beliefs that Jesus is God and He physically rose from the grave is to be derided as simple-minded by those considered leading intellectuals.

Traditional Catholics, Scalia said, are seen as peasant-like in their saying the Rosary, kneeling before the Holy Eucharist and indiscriminately following the teachings of the pope.

“(Yet) the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight,” Scalia said, quoting the Bible…

“My point is not that reason and intellect need to be laid aside,” Scalia said. “A faith without a rational basis should be laid aside as false. … What is irrational is to reject a priori the possibility of miracles in general and the resurrection of Jesus Christ in particular.”

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Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 3:41 AM By Matthew
“…saying the Rosary, kneeling before the Holy Eucharist and indiscriminately following the teachings of the pope…” is a matter of being a Catholic not a “traditional Catholic.” All too often it seems that “traditional Catholicism” is little more than obsessing about communion patens, denigrating the Ordinary Form of the Mass, women wearing veils and vilifying those who legitimately choose to receive communion in their hands.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:40 AM By MacDonald
“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart the desire to know the truth — in a word, to know himself — so that by knowing and loving God, men and women can come to the fullness of the truth about themselves” (n. 1). With these words Pope John Paul II begins the encyclical, Fides et Ratio. Some 12 years in the making, it is the first encyclical on the relationship between faith and reason since Pope Leo XIII issued Aeterni Patris in 1879.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:46 AM By Ski Ven
He is so right about the pompous, arrogant, elitist intellectuals that look down upon the rest of us through their elitist noses. They regard the rest of us as ignorant scum whose undesirable populations need to be curtailed via abortion and sterilization. They are so consumed with their self-perceived notions of intellectual grandeur that they cannot see something that is as plain as the noses on their faces.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 7:01 AM By MacDonald
God bless this man’s courageous comments! If kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament makes me simple-minded, I am HAPPY to be called that. [Matthew 11:25: “At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: ‘O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.’ “]

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 7:02 AM By Mary Ellen DeBord
Thank you, Judge Scalia, for reminding us of God’s words and of God’s ways. Stay the course. We thank God for you. Please continue to support religious freedom and protect the innocents reminding the court that they are not God and we answer only to God.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 7:46 AM By Fran
Thank you ,God Bless you and keep you Justice Scalia !

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 7:46 AM By Bud 
May he live a hundred years! Many of the Catholic justices and other most influential Catholics mentioned by the Boston University “expert” named quite a few who shouldn’t even be referred to a Catholics. Of course this adds another layer of the “media” bias.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 8:15 AM By JFK
Christ was ridiculed by the Pharisees who thought they knew everything too, but he showed nothing but humility as an example to us. The so called scollers ridicule those things they don’t understand or choose not to believe because they are so focused on their own intellectual supremacy. If simplicity makes me humble and open to the grace of God, then I would rather have that than the adoration of the worlds ellite and the condemnation of almighty God!

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 8:24 AM By OneoftheSheep
Thank you, Justice Scalia. Love it.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 8:48 AM By Cindy
Thank you Justice Scalia, and God Bless You!

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 8:54 AM By Joan
Thank God for Justice Scalia. Jesus said we would be hated as he was hated, and so I believe all the vitriol directed toward faithful Catholics only means we are following Christ. We have to be willing to be hated, to pray for those who hate us, and to remain faithful to the teachings of Jesus and his Church.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 9:47 AM By A Lady
Thank you Justice Scalia! And Matthew — I echo your sentiments.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 9:57 AM By Abeca Christian
Yes self righteousness can be a downfall.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 10:04 AM By SANDRA
Many Bishops have allowed heretics and schismatics to call themselves Catholic without reproach. If Bishops, Priests and Laity called them by their correct name – heretics and/or schismatics – then there would be no need to use other terminology such as Liberal, Conservative, Cafeteria, Traditional, etc. Faithful Catholics are Faithful Catholics and no other terminology should be necessary, except for all of us not speaking the truth regarding Heretics and/or Schismatics in the media and at all times.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 10:59 AM By Thomas Edward Miles
Good for the, Justice, he is 100% correct! His son is a wonderful priest!!

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 11:06 AM By k
“Antiquated” “Insane” “Naive” “Superstitious” “Old-fashioned” “Brainwashed” “Mind-boggling” “Repressive”:”Oppressive” “Paternalistic” “Bigot” “Harmful” “Archaic” “Sad” Welcome to our world.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 12:48 PM By JPietras
Matthew gives a common caricature of traditional catholics. A more representative description is that traditional catholics maintain those traditions which were handed on to great benefit to both the faithful and all men of goodwill in both the natural and spiritual realms. Most things that trad catholics are concerned with, not obsessed, are important in the life of the Church. The use of coverings on women is a tradition going back to the apostolics times. It has always been part of the liturgical expression of the faithful and traditional catholics are pretty much the only ones who acknowledge its importance and promote its use. Never forget what St. Paul wrote: “All things are lawful for me, but all things do not edify.” Some practices may be legal in the Church, but not all edify. The traditions handed on to us from the ages have stood the test of time and continue to edify.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 2:13 PM By JMJ
Thank you C.C.D. for giving us this story, I must have missed it on the daily news and in our “newspaper”; properly on the front page. +JMJ+

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 2:54 PM By Jay
Matt: just because something is allowed doesn’t mean it is either legitimate or praiseworthy. There are also very solid arguments against the ordinary form of the mass that are quite legitimate. problems with its genesis, the fact that it goes against the v2 document on the liturgy, a complete rupture with the organic development of the liturgy for 1900 years. Seems you have a problem with traditional Catholics who haven’t thrown out the historical beliefs and forms of piety that were so casually cast aside so we could look more modern.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 4:50 PM By Edlizabeth
Wonderful words from Judge Scalia. God bless him. And I totally agree with JPietras. I was instantly struck when I read the comment by Matthew. Seems Matthew’s got an issue with “traditional” Catholics. Communion in the hand may be widespread and allowed, at lease for the moment, but have you taken a look at what our Holy Father does at public Masses. He distributes to those that are kneeling and on the tongue. He’s trying to lead by example. The new Mass may be legitimate, but it’s been disastrous for the life of Mother Church. Praying the Rosary and devotion to Our Lady, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, is exactly what Catholics SHOULD be doing.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 5:14 PM By Walt
Justice Scalia, you are a beacon of common sense and a pillar of strength for our great, yet challenged, country. Thank you for your wisdom and unwavering commitment to speak the truth. We should embrace the ridicule and abuse put forth by the arrogant, lost and pathetic media and much of the public at large. By offering it up to our Creator we become, in some small way, more like him. Our reward will be a place in Heaven. Being that our lives are but a breath in time that day will come sooner than any of us think. It’s as though the sophisticates are afraid or feel inadequate of those of faith. There is only one truth and one way. Jesus said it, I believe it. So let them bring on the persecution. As Christ said “The world shall pass away but my words will NOT pass away”. God bless all of us.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:33 PM By Linda Cattanach
Thank you Justice Scalia for inspiring us and giving us hope!

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:34 PM By Paula
What a great man Justice Scalia is…a breath of fresh air! We may look simple or peasant-like to the world when we practice our faith as we should (the devil seeks to make us look ‘uncool’) but it is wisdom in the sight of God. I care not what the world thinks of me, I am here to worship and please God, not to impress or fall in line with the expectations of the ‘worldly’…and the foolish!

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:50 PM By Anita
Justice Scalia is right on. Those who are criticizing him are wrong.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:55 PM By Thomas
Judge, You are courageous and a role model for all of us traditional Roman Catholics, especially Roman Catholic legal professionals. We pray that Almighty God will watch over you and protect you on the Supreme Court. We pray that your good example will motivate the other 4 US Supreme Court supposedly Roman Catholic Justices to follow the 10 Commandments to their fullest meaning.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 7:59 PM By Nan
Amen to that, Judge Scalia!

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 8:04 PM By Anton L. Seidl
God bless Justice Scalia! He was sent by Providence to rescue the republic from its unholy enemies.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 8:05 PM By Martha
What judge Scalia said make a lot of sense.The best thing to do as Catholics I believed is defend our Church and Faith and pray for the empty shells so they see the light.

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2012 10:04 PM By John Feeney
Matthew, regarding women wearing veils in church, I suggest that you read the Bible. Of course, perhaps the Bible is too “traditional” for you. Those of us who refuse to receive Communion in the hand, do it because we are not worthy to touch the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 5:10 AM By Paul
It is not a requirement for women to wear veils in either the OF or EF Masses. However, about 50% of women do at EF Masses.

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 5:45 AM By Mugiira
We are not worthy to receive HIM, but say a word and I shall be healed. That’s true. If you can receive HIM in the tongue, don’t be afraid to touch HIM.

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 5:53 AM By JudeThom
The Ordinary form of the Mass is not worthy of respect. It is a Protestant constructed liturgy–in fact, it was formulated to appease Protestants and to denude the Mass of heavy traditional trappings. I would never attend a Novus Ordo Mass, but the few times I do I am always shocked and disappointed, especially when it comes time for communion and the lay minister, in a skirt and blouse, takes hold of the host and does “her thing.” This is scandal. And there is NO defense for it–ever.

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 6:07 AM By Michael
We Catholics serve a Holy God we want to be holy and humble no not the other four letter word cool.Jehovah Shalom to all.Blessed be our Lord and Lady.How privileged we Catholics are to be given the Holy Mass.Also the grace of faith and love.

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 11:24 AM By Anne T.
Sometimes I wear a veil, hat or scarf tied back and sometimes I go bareheaded, It depends on the custom of the Catholic church I am attending since the newer canon law does not require a head covening. Also, some women wear them because of the weather to keep their hair from flying around. It was and is in the Traditional Latin Mass (which is now called the Extraordinary Mass) the tradition for men to take their hats or hoods off in the presense of the Blessed Sacrament and for women to cover their heads in honor of Christ present in the Sacrament. I think some of the customs changed as the Church became larger and entered more countries with different customs. I find that many women from island countries do not care too much for head gear.I follow the custom of the area, and it has nothing to do with the subjugation of women but the honoring of Christ to whom we all should be sub serviant. It also depends on how women were brought up, and some ladies do not wear a head coverning to the Traditional Latin Mass since they do not know the reason behind the older teaching.. If the Holy Father does require it of us again, I will then wear a headcovering at all times, but I doubt that will be the case. Some women like head gear, but some women have never liked it. One of my female cousins and one of my daughters would not wear hats, at least not for very long, when they were children and the other daughter kept them on and still wears hats. I do not know, but perhaps some girls’s heads are more sensitive than others, so we should not be too quick to judge.

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 11:57 AM By Imre Kovacs
Justice Scalia is a pioneer in what is to follow the late secularization of the Catholic Church which began with people who feared Catholics would “stay away” from a quickly developing modern word by not assimilating to its spirit. 40 years ago many churchmen and theologians made their best to win the world’s applause to the agenda of the Catholic Church. They loathed everything which could “irritate” the atheist world. Today we begin to see that we will never be loved by the world. Our mission is to suffer the persecution and victimization just as our Master had suffered. Authenticity of the word of the Church, humanly speaking, entails her freedom from all attempts at an assimilation with this world. God bless you, justice Scalia.

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 12:29 PM By Anne T.
Sorry! I meant first to thank Supreme Court Justice Scalia for his comments.

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 12:53 PM By Lou
God bless Justice Scalia. The Supreme Court is the last resort for justice in the US. The faithful look longingly towards Jesus and His rule. We implore, beg, and plead for Jesus to return and take His followers and Church out of this world of woe.

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 5:11 PM By philip
“Unless you convert, and become on e like this you shall not inherit the kingdom.” Jesus was holding a child on his knee as he professed the importance of childlike trust. Thank all of you for sharing the Truth about our relationship with each other before the Master returns to find us busy attending to His Fathers business…loving neighbors. Thank you Justice Scalia.

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 7:56 PM By Steve
Thank you Justice Scalia for your courage. Dont expect any thanks in this world from the powers that be,but your reward in heaven is great

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 10:31 PM By Mary Ann mcAndrew
Thank you Justice Scalia for being a faithful servant to our Lord Jesus Christ! He placed you in the highest court of our land, so that you, and all the other devout Catholics Justices who serve beside you, voices shall be heard.I rest better knowing that you speak the word of God and are willing to stand up and defend your faith.You are where has meant for you to be and thank God for that…we appreciate your voice and your stand on defending not only the Constitution, but most importantly God’s Ten Commandments.I have 12 beautiful grandchildren and I pray each day that they will also be defenders of there catholic faith.My grandfather was an Italian immigrant who came to America bringing his beloved Catholic faith with him….I owe not only to him, but especially to God, to protect, honor and defend that wonderfully-beautifully Catholic Faith that has been my sorce of strength! Thank you and God bless you and God bless America! In Jesus’ name, Mary Ann McAndrew

Posted Friday, March 09, 2012 6:45 AM By joe
Thank You!! Lord for giving this man the courage and wisdom to make decisions benificial to the world.