The New JFK

scaliaIn the West a number of celebrity deaths this year. It’s interesting to see how the response goes down in the Catholic blogosphere and its Facebook extension.

In many cases, a close friend may offer a surprising testimony–surprising to those who have spun off into the political fringes of the day.

Lots of people had critical, if not nasty, things to say about Justice Scalia. A good amount of inappropriate crudity, and I read a lot on Facebook, “Those mean liberals!”

The first reactions I read online had to do with political obstruction of a successor. And the conspiracy theories started floating to the top like dead, bloated fish in a pond. It all seems rather crass and opportunistic to me.

I wonder if the conspiracy meme for this century will find the pillow and the isolated retreat house near the Tex-Mex border replacing the grassy knoll and the book depository from the other side of the state.

Meanwhile, may Antonin Scalia find eternal rest and peace.


About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to The New JFK

  1. Liam says:

    It’s when we turn the lives of others as masticated in the news cycle as grist for our own egoistic needs. It happens in myriad ways.

  2. Devin says:

    I have always found the Justice’s deep friendship with Justice Ginsberg as one of the few signs of sanity in the otherwise dim world of Washington politics. Apparently Former Presidents Clinton and Bush Jr have also formed a close bond. In this election cycle, having a close friend in the opposite political party could be seen as a political liability. Oh how far we have come.

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