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scaliaSupreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, often described as the leading conservative voice on the high court, passed away earlier today, February 13. A strong defender of life and the Constitution, Scalia was a supporter of Christendom College and its mission. He died at the age of 79, leaving behind a powerful legacy of conservatism and deep Catholic faith.

“We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Justice Scalia. He was a man who had a deep love for God, his Catholic faith and our beloved nation. Not only as a Justice, but as a husband and father of nine, he was an inspiration to a countless number of people,” said college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell.

“As a man of deep principle, he defended the fundamental right to life, the beauty and dignity of marriage and the Constitutional understanding of limited government. We will be forever grateful for his support of the college and our Politics Practica Program.  His passing, at the age of 79, is truly a great loss for our Church and nation. We will remember him and his family in our prayers.”

Born in Trenton, NJ, Scalia obtained his law degree from Harvard, before serving in the Nixon and Ford administrations. President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1986, and he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate soon after. Serving on the high court for nearly thirty years, Scalia was known for his conservative voting record, including his historic decision in the District of Columbia v. Heller case, his critique of Roe v. Wade, and his scathing dissent of Obergefell v. Hodges. Scalia leaves behind his wife, Maureen, and nine children, including Fr. Paul Scalia, a friend of Christendom College.

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