Justice Scalia remembered as both an upstanding Catholic and jurist

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February 17, 2016

Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley, in red vestments, chats with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas following the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington Oct. 5. Also pictured is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, lower center right. The Mass traditionally marks the start of the court year, including the opening of the Supreme Court term. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) See OBIT-SCALIA Feb. 15, 2016.

Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley, in red vestments, chats with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas following the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington Oct. 5. Also pictured is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, lower center right. The Mass traditionally marks the start of the court year, including the opening of the Supreme Court term. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Tributes to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia poured in almost as soon as news emerged of his Feb. 13 death at a Texas ranch while on a hunting trip.

Scalia “was routinely described as a conservative, and so he was. He held fast to a lot of traditional values. He loved his church, his wife and nine children, and his country. He favored small government over big, and local over national,” said a Feb. 14 column by Catholic University of America president John Garvey written for Catholic News Service. “But as a judge he was a democrat, not a conservative, and his death diminishes by one strong voice our commitment to constitutional democracy.”

Scalia’s body is scheduled to lie in repose Feb. 19 at the Supreme Court, with a funeral Mass to be celebrated Feb. 20 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The day of repose and the funeral will be open to the public.The wake and burial will be private.

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