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Senators Take Fire Over Questions for Catholic Judicial Nominee

posted on September 11, 2017

POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein reports that University of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins and Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber criticized questions posed in a confirmation hearing last week, which challenged a Catholic judicial nominee’s ability to keep her faith separate from the law. California Senator Dianne Feinstein said to law professor Amy Barrett, “Dogma and law are two different things. And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma.” Eisgruber wrote in a letter, “Because religious belief is constitutionally irrelevant to the qualifications for a federal judgeship, the Senate should not interrogate any nominee about those beliefs.”