Justice Clarence Thomas was asked about Senator Dianne Feinstein suggesting in 2017 that Amy Coney Barrett was too dogmatic to be a judge.
“I thought we got away from religious tests,” Thomas said. Article VI of the Constitution provides that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
“I don’t think I know a single judge who has allowed religion to interfere with their jobs,” the justice added.
Thomas is himself a Catholic who entered the seminary and studied for the cloth. He left the Catholic Church in 1968, having judged its efforts to fight racism insufficient. He returned to Catholicism in 1993 and told attendees that he goes to morning Mass before beginning his work at the high court.