Notation by Marc Aupiais
According to the Associated Press (AP) [ Secular; Independent; American]:
"WASHINGTON (AP) -- An American cardinal on Sunday issued a plea for the rights of the unborn at a church service that included Vice President Joe Biden, six members of the Supreme Court and hundreds of members of the legal community.
Five of the six Roman Catholics on the high court - Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito - heard the homily by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo; the sixth, Justice Clarence Thomas, did not attend. Justice Stephen Breyer, who is Jewish, was there as well.
Speaking at the annual Red Mass the day before the opening of the Supreme Court term, DiNardo said that people represented by lawyers are "more than clients. ... In some cases the clients are voiceless for they lack influence; in others they are literally voiceless, not yet with tongues and even without names, and require our most careful attention and radical support."
As DiNardo spoke, protesters opposed to abortion demonstrated in front of the church.
DiNardo did not elaborate on the rights of the unborn, focusing instead on how the complexity of the law can have a dehumanizing effect on those who practice it."(AP [ Secular; independent; American] 04 / 10 | October / 2009)
A number of these attendees are known for their support of legislated abortion. The Mass was what was known as a "red mass", and was hosted by a group of Chicago professionals.
According to AP:
"The Red Mass has been held since 1953 at the cathedral by the John Carroll Society, a group of Washington professionals who are Catholic.
The name of the service, which dates to the 13th century and is conducted to ask for guidance for those who seek justice, comes from the red vestments worn by the celebrants."(AP [ Secular; independent; American] 04 / 10 | October / 2009)
Biden, and Sotomayer, are both known for their stance in support of, or in attempting to justify: America's Democrat's, and country's President, Barack Obama's pro-abortion stance and schemes. Sotomayer, believes that the Rode v Wade ruling is settled law, not to be disturbed. The Obama administration, has been accused, by multiple established services: of taking the Catholic religion out of context in order to manipulate voters. Many pro-Obama Catholic websites popped up prior the last US election.
According to CNN (Central News Network) [Secular; Independent; American], the disproportionate amount of Roman Catholics on the US supreme court, is due to the perception that a Catholic is neither right wing nor left wing, and that this perception has been abused by right and left wing in America.