"The Word Meets Us... It Also Judges Us"
Six weeks before assuming the reins of the US bishops' top policy portfolio, Texas' ranking prelate was captured following the annual liturgy greeting the Supreme Court's newest member, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first-ever Latino named to the top bench and the sixth Catholic on the nine-member Court, a milestone likewise without precedent.
Celebrated each year on the eve of the Court's new cycle, Sotomayor was one of six Supremes in attendance at yesterday's Mass, leading an A-list congregation that included Vice-President Joe Biden, two Cabinet secretaries, and a capacity crowd of Federal officials, judges and lawyers.
And now, in full, the Cardinal of the South.... Suffice it to say, read closely: