For some Latinas who study and practice law, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina on the court, is a hero. Now, as the court considers a high-profile case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, Sotomayor's dissent has become a symbol of the Latinx community's complicated relationship with the U.S. Catholic Church.
Tatiana Estrada, a second-year law student at Loyola Law School, found Sotomayor's elevation to the nation's highest court inspirational. "Going into a profession where I know I'm significantly underrepresented, it was really admirable and inspiring to see someone who looked like me reaching such a high level," she told NCR.
Sotomayor is one of six Catholics on the current court. Amy Coney Barrett, a Catholic who opposes legal abortion, has spoken publicly about how her faith shaped her beliefs. But for some young Latinas with aspirations in the legal profession, Sotomayor's upbringing and the way she navigates her role on the Supreme Court resonates on immigration and other issues.
An Indian Catholic nun and her associates are working around the clock to help stranded students and others fleeing war-torn Ukraine.
"God is using me to save people from death in Ukraine," says Sr. Ligi Payyappilly, the 48-year-old superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Saint-Marc in Ukraine.
Payyappilly, who is Indian, and 17 sisters of her congregation are giving shelter and food to the distressed students, besides helping them cross the Ukrainian border to escape to other countries such as Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.
Though communications with those in a war zone are difficult, Global Sisters Report received updates from some women religious ministering in Ukraine.
NCR political columnist Michael Sean Winters says we have learned a lot about what ails our society during the pandemic and near the top of the list is that many Catholics do not have the foggiest idea what the church actually teaches about conscience.
ICYMI: A loose collection of Catholic and other Christian ethicists, scholars and theologians has released a statement condemning Russia's "brutal, wholly unprovoked and unjustified" invasion of Ukraine.
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