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Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is seen in this Dec. 5, 2003 file photo taken at the Supreme Court in Washington.
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening at his home in suburban Virginia, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg.
A statement from the spokeswoman said he was surrounded by his three children when he died in Arlington.
"The Chief Justice battled thyroid cancer since being diagnosed last October and continued to perform his dues on the court until a precipitous decline in his health the last couple of days," she said.
John, I didn't see any of the Roman Catholic Justices now on the Supreme Court vote against anything dealing with vouchers. :-( This is not separation of church and state. It is also exactly what the Vatican wants. I will give you something else to read about the political maneuvering of the Catholic Church. I have mentioned the article before, but never directed it to your attention. We need some good conservative Jewish judges on the Supreme Court, to balance out the Catholic viewpoint on it.
Of course JY we shouldn't be worried about the Roman Catholic Justices on the Supreme Court, because according to you they would have to be mentally ill to believe all that doctrine and we could never get a mentally ill Judge on the court :-)
Supreme Court Justices don't make much money, Renquist could have made a lot more by giving speaches, teaching, serving as a Lawyer. We need more men like him serving on the court.
Why is it troubling that the three conservative justices(including Roberts) are Roman Catholic? Are you afraid that the Vatican will start dictating the laws of the United States? You are about as sick as the Protestants were 45 years ago when Kennedy ran for president and the Protestants back then stated that the Vatican would dictate to Kennedy how to run the United States.
Rehnquist should have retired 15 years ago but he was so money hungry that he continued to work. Just like that stupid Thurmond was working as a senator when he was 100 years old.
I don't think we should expect Mr. Bush to base his choices on whether or not a person is catholic or not. It is well known that he is politically and spiritually linked to the Church of Rome. Have we soon forgotten what he did during the death of John Paul?
Do you realize that the three conservative justices (including Roberts) are Roman Catholic. This is very troubling. Where are the Non-R.C. Judges fit to serve? Probably hiding in a fundamentalist enclave. Let us pray that the Lord will give Mr. Bush wisdom.