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University President John Garvey was quoted in several publications following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He also appeared on EWTN News Nightly (minute 6:14). His Catholic News Service column was quoted in the outlet's coverage of his death. See below.

EWTN News Nightly - 2016-02-15

From: EWTN
Date: Feb. 15, 2016

 

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CNS column – Justice Scalia: Man of the people

From: Catholic News Service 
Date: Feb. 16, 2016
Author: John Garvey

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, God rest his soul, 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. He believed that change would be gradual and difficult, if things are working right.

But as a judge, he was a democrat, not a conservative, and his death diminishes by one strong voice our commitment to constitutional democracy.

Justice Scalia perceived that the greatest threat to self-government was the Supreme Court’s tendency to read into the Constitution the values it would like society to adopt. That is why he opposed the court’s decision to make abortion a constitutional right. “The permissibility of abortion,” he said in 1992, is “to be resolved like most important questions in our democracy: by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting.” ...

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Scalia dies at 79; was longest-serving justice on current Supreme Court

From: Catholic News Service (via Catholic Philly)
Date: Feb. 15, 2016

... In other reaction in Washington to Scalia’s death, The Catholic University of America in a Feb. 15 statement called him “a man who loved his family, his faith, his country and the Constitution that established it.”

“He insisted that there is no such thing as a Catholic judge, only good and bad ones,” the university said. “But in his 30 years on the Supreme Court, he offered a model for American Catholics of how we might serve both God and country.”

In 1994, Catholic University honored Scalia with the James Cardinal Gibbons Medal, given for service to the nation, the Catholic Church or the university. In 1999, the university gave Scalia an honorary degree. ...

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Death of Justice Scalia Stirs Sadness — and Fears of a Deadlocked Court

From: National Catholic Register
Date: Feb. 15, 2016
Author: Joan Frawley Desmond

... The White House quickly countered that the president would make his choice known in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the dispute served to remind the public that the nation’s highest court has increasingly become the final arbiter of contentious policy debates, rather than Congress.

“The tug of war we are seeing now is a result of the court’s decision in Roe v. Wade and in cases like Obergefell v. Hodges,” John Garvey, a constitutional scholar and the president of The Catholic University of America, told the Register. ...

But Scalia’s seat will be vacant when the oral arguments are scheduled next month, and that means the ideologically split court could produce deadlocked decisions that will likely kick the cases back to the lower courts.

“Changing the balance of votes on the court has become a political question. But if you took Roe v. Wade and sexual politics out of the equation, it would be a relatively easy matter to find someone suitable,” suggested Garvey.

“If we had followed Justice Scalia’s advice, the temperature would go down, and the disagreement we are having would be relegated to the political realm.” ...

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