From The Denver Post:
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
today told a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500 Catholics to
have "the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity" by
Scalia, the longest-serving justice on
the high court and one of its most conservative, received a rousing
welcome from a throng sprawled across several adjoining rooms of the
Denver Convention Center. ...
The 75-year-old Scalia said
that today one can believe in a creator and the teachings of Jesus
being the brunt of too much ridicule, but that to
hold traditional Christian beliefs that Jesus is God and He physically
rose from the grave is to be derided as simple-minded by those
considered leading intellectuals.
Traditional Catholics, Scalia
said, are seen as peasant-like in their saying the Rosary, kneeling
before the Holy Eucharist and indiscriminately following the teachings
of the pope.
"(Yet) the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight," Scalia said, quoting the Bible.
He is also reported to have said, ""My point is
not that reason and intellect need to be laid aside. A faith without a rational basis should be laid aside as
false. ... What is irrational is to reject a priori the possibility of
miracles in general and the resurrection of Jesus Christ in
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