Thursday, January 26, 2006

Saint Thurgood?

Could Episcopalians soon be celebrating the Feast of St. Thurgood?

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington is to consider a resolution this Friday recommending that the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall be considered a saint.

A press release from the diocese said: "If the resolution passes, and is approved by consecutive meetings of the Church's national convention, Episcopal churches will have the opportunity to celebrate May 17 as Marshall's feast day."

On that date in 1954, Marshall, who was later to become the first black Supreme Court justice, won the Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case. He died in 1993.

The diocese said Thurgood Marshall didn't speak publicly about his faith, but belonged to Episcopal Churches in New York and Washington.
(From NBC Channel 4 TV, Los Angeles)

Thurgood Marshall was not only one of the justices voting in favor of Roe v. Wade, but was one of the leading voices on the Supreme Court in arguing for the decision. John 11:35.