tv Justice Scalia 1936-2016 FOX News February 20, 2016 8:00am-10:01am PST
he was. he was always making a joke picking on people. that usually meant he really liked you and he was a jokest rerkser: so, when i think of the portrait and the casualness of it it reminds me of the kind of man he was. to be one of nine supreme court justice, very vaulted position in this country. but to be a very down to earth, fun loving jokester person who very much enjoyed using the english language to his advantage and very well. he was a mixture of so many thing, but you never had to wonder where he stood on an issue or with you as a person. he was transparent with his emotion and we saw that in his reaction to the loss of other justices. he was very emotional at the loss of reinquist. and he wasn't somebody who was subdued in any way. that's what people loved about him. >> i think, not everyone shares warm and fuzzy feelings.
i do to the bush gore supreme court decision 5-4, he was very important in that ruling an those who objected, i think he said to get over it. that didn't sit well with a lot of folks then. pithy remarks after other decisions not so well received to what do you think about that part of it? >> well, he was combative. he was not mean not ill tempered. he relished the combat and kind of wanted you to stand up to him and kind of figured i think that he thought he was right and if you disagree with him, that you were wrong. he wanted to hear your best argument and in fact yesterday, that very moufing picture of all his clerks over the 29 years lining the steps of the supreme court as his coffin casket was
carried up. he made a point of trying to get a liberal clerk on his team. every year. not because he necessarily agreed with him, but precisely because he didn't and he wanted to be able to hear the opposing argument and you know he didn't always follow and that was part of his judicial philosophy. originalism. he said that the constitution means what it says and you have to follow it whether you like the results or not. he hated the idea of justices who tried to legislate from the bench bench. in one famous case he voted to protect the right to burn the american flag. you know as a strong patriot, he hated the idea of protesters doing that but on the other hand he believed the first amendment said what it said and freedom of speech included somebody he thought was abhorrent, namely burning the american flag and especially because it was abhorrent, it deserved protection.
he was, he believed strongly in what he believed. he was willing to take on all arguments. in fact, he relished the arguments and i think he generally and he made a point. one of the court for instance on abortion which was i think the decision he felt troubled him the most over the course of the years. when i interviewed him, i said something about, well, the court says there's a right to privacy. he said there isn't. there we see the bidens coming in. vice president and mrs. biden and the men in the scarlet top there of course is the cardinal of washington. the archbishop of washington and he said there's no generalized right to privacy. i said well the court said so in 1965. he said well the court was wrong. >> pretty blunt. we're watching now, five of them are directly members to chris's point. to the left it's a little scattered now. that locked like part of the
large scalia brood there, 64 strong family members. including 36 grand kids. who were there as well. >> you know something that struck me today when we arrived there were protesters from the church. it was an 8-1 decision. justice scalia was the only disenter. he voted in favor of the protesters right to do what they're doing today at his very funeral. it was one of those ironic moments. he voted in favor of protecting their ability to have that free speech and to be here and to protest at his funeral today, neil. >> did you ever get the -- his son talked a great deal yesterday, that he did have time for his family. he always made time for his family. and that was a priority. even with the busy travel
schedule. >> that is true. and he had such a large family as we've noted many times with all the grandchildren. he seemed to really love being a hands on father and grandfather by all accounts. it was something he took great joy in and today, we're told there are 64 members of the scalia family here now walking in. with the casket. >> all right, we are now, i'll shut up as we properly should as the nation pays its final respects to this longest serving supreme court justice. 30 years. laid to rest.
in the name of the arch decisis, personally and together with bishop paul, the home of the scalia family and director of this basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception and express with all who are here to you, maureen, to your children to all of your family to you, father paul who will be the principle at this liturgy. our heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your husband, your father, your grandfather. and friend. and pledge once again our prayers that god will grant him eternal rest. and you comfort and consolation. in keeping with your desire to
have a simple parrish family mass. i will confine my remarks to these few words of greeting and welcome. to the many many people who are here in this magnificent basilica simply to show their respect for the extraordinary man justice antonin scalia and to express their faith, their faith in god's abiding love and all embracing mercy. however, before proceeding with this welcome, i want to apologize for the condition of the center area in this basilica. the floor covering and the temporary seating arrangement as well concealed as they may be are the result of a major project underway to complete the
renovation and the final decoration of this great, great basilica. the great dome is going to be faced in mosaic and the preparation is underway so i'm grateful for your understanding and your patience. it's a pleasure for me to welcome to this funeral liturgy, archbishop car lo marie and our holy father, pope francis' personal representative. also, bishop paula laverde. distinguished participants at this funeral, especially the honor honorable john roberts and other justices of the supreme court. the vice president of the united states, joseph biden, former vice president, richard cheney. newt gingrich, formerspout.
president and mrs. john garvey of the catholic university of america. and so many other distinguished guests here present. to my brother priests, deacons, women and men in consecrated life brothers and sisters in the lord and friends all who have come here to show their respect. as i extend this warm welcome to each of you, i also express profound gratitude to all who are here as i now ask justice scalia's son, father paul so lead us in the church's liturgy for him whom god has called to his eternal home. ♪ let us pray ♪
oh god whose nature is always to give and show mercy, we humbly implore you for your servant antonin whom you've called to journey to you and since he hoped and believed in you, grant that he may be led to a true home land to delight in its ever lasting joys. through our lord jesus christ your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit. one god forever and ever. ♪ amen ♪
a reading from the book of wisdom. the souls of the just are in the hand of god. and no torment shall touch them. seemed in the view of the foolish to be dead and their passing away was thought an affliction and they're going forth from us, utter destruction, but they are in peace. for if before men, indeed they be punished yet is there hope
full of immortality. chastise the little they shall be greatly blessed because god tried them and found them worthy of himself. as gold in the furnace, he proved them. and as sacrificial offerings, he took them to himself. in the time of their visitation, they shall shine. and shall dart about as sparks through stubble. they shall judge nations and rule over peoples. and the lord shall be their king forever. those who trust in him shall understand truth. and the faithful shall abide with him in love. because grace and mercy are with his holy ones and his care is with his elect. the word of the lord.
a reading from the letter of st. paul to the romans. hope does not disappoint. because the love of god has been poured out into our hearts through the holy spirit that has been given to us. for christ while we were still helpless yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly. indeed only with difficulty does one die for a just person. though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. but god proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners, christ died for us. how much more than since we are
now justified by his blood shall we be saved from him by the wrath. indeed, if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to god, through the death of his son, how much more one's reconciled will we be saved by his life. not only that but we also boast of god through our lord jesus christ through whom we have now received reconciliation. the word of the lord. >> amen. ♪
to the child like. yes, father. such has been your gracious will.e been handed over to me by my father. no one knows the son except the father. and no one knows the father except the son. and anyone to whom the son with wishes the reveal him. come to me. all you who are labor and are burdened and i will give you rest. take my yolk upon you and learn from me. for i am meek and humble of heart. and you will find rest for yourselves. for my yolk is easy and my burden, light. the gospel of the lord.
bishop higgins, my brother priests, deacons, distinguished guests dear friends and faithful gathered. on behalf of our mother and scalia family i want to thank you for your prepzsence here, your many words of consolation and even more for the many prayers and masses you have oufrffered at the death of our father, antonin scalia. in particular i thank cardinal whirl, first for reaching out so quickly and graciously to console our mother. it was a consolation to her and therefore, to us as well. thank you, also for allowing us to have this parish funeral mass here in this basilica dedicated to our lady. what a great privilege and consolation that we were able to bring our father through the
holy doors and for him, gain the indulgence promised to those who enter in faith. i think bishop of our decisis, a shepard liked and respected a great deal. thank you for your propt visitmpt visit to our mother, for your words of consolation, for your prayers. the family will depart for the private burial after mass and will not have time to visit, so i want to express our thanks at this time so that you all know our profound appreciation and thanks. you'll notice in the program, mention of a memorial that will be held on march 1st. we hope to see many of you there. we pray that the lord will reward your great goodness to us.
we are gathered here because of one man. a man known personally to many of us known only by reputation to even more. a man loved by many. scorned by others. a man known for great controversy. and for great compassion. that man, of course is jesus of nazareth. it is he whom we proclaim. jesus christ son of the father born of the virgin mary, crucified, buried risen, seated at the right hand of the father. it is because of him. because of his life, death and resurrection that we do not
mourn as those who have no hope. but in confidence we commend antonin scalia to the mercy of god. scripture says jesus christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. and that sets a good course for our thoughts and our prayers here today. in effect we look in three directions. to yesterday in thanksgiving. to today in petition. and into eternity with hope. we look to jesus christ yesterday. that is to the past in thanksgiving for the blessings god bestowed upon dad. in the past week, many have recounted what dad did for them.
but here today, we recount what god did for dad. how he blessed him. we give thanks first of all, for the atoning death and life giving resurrection of jesus christ. our lord died and rose not only for all of us but also for each of us. and at this time we look to that yesterday of his death and resurrection and we give thanks that he died and rose for dad. further, we give thanks that jesus brought him to new life in baptism, nourished him with a eucharist and healed him in the confessional. we give thanks that jesus bestowed upon him, 55 years of marriage.
to the woman he loved. a woman who could match him at every step. and even hold him accountable. god blessed dad with a deep catholic faith. the conviction that christ's presence and power continue in the world today through his body, the church. he loved the clarity and coherence of the church's teachings. he treasured the church's ceremonyies, especially the beauty of our ancient worship. he trusted the power of her sacraments as the means of salvation. as christ working within him for his salvation. although although one time one
saturday afternoon, he did scold me for having heard confessions that afternoon. that same day. and i hope that is some source of consolation if there are in lawyers present. that the roman collar was not a shield against his criticism. the issue that evening was not that i had been hearing confessions, but that he had found himself in my confessional line. and he quickly departed it. as he put it later, like heck if i'm confessing to you. the feeling was mutual.
god blessed dad as is well-known, with a love for his country. he knew well what a close run thing the founding of our nation was. and he saw in that founding as did the founders themselves a blessing. a blessing quick lyly lost when faith is banned from the public square or when we refuse to bring it there. so, he understood there is no conflict between loving god and loving one's country. between one's faith and one's public service. dad understood that the deeper he went in his catholic faith, the better a citizen and public servant he became.ed him with the desire to to be the country's good servant because he was god's first. we scalias, however, give thanks
for particular blessing god bestowed. god blessed dad with a love for his family. we have been thrilled to read and hear the many words of praise and admiration for him. for his intellect, his writings speeches influence and so on but more important to us and to him, he was dad. he was the father that god gave us for the great adventure of family life. sure he forgot our names at times or mixed them up. but there are nine of us. he loved us. and sought to show that love. and sought to share the blessing of the faith he treasured.
and he gave us one another. to have each other for support. that's the greatest wealth parents can bestow. and right now, we are particularly grateful for it. so we look to the past to jesus christ yesterday. we call to mind all of these blessings and we give our lord the honor and glory for them. for they are his work. we look to jesus today in petition. to the present moment here and now. as we mourn the one we love and admire. the one whose absence pains us. today, we pray for him. we pray for the repose of his soul. we thank god for his goodness to
dad as is right and just, but we also know that although dad believed he did so imperfectly like the rest of us. he tried to love god and neighbor, but like the rest of us, did so imperfectly. he was a practicing catholic. practicing in the sense that he hadn't perfected it yet. or rather christ was not yet perfected in him. and only those in whom christ is brought to perfection can enter heaven. we are here then to lend our prayers to that perfecting. to that final work of god's grace in freeing dad from every incouple
sin. but don't take my word for it. dad himself, not surprise glio, had something to say on the matter. writing years ago to a minister whose service he admired, he summarized quite nicely the pitfalls of funerals and why he didn't like eulogies. he wrote even when the deceased was an admiral person especially when the deceased was an admirable person, praise for his vir chus can cause us to forget that we are praying for and giving thanks for god's inexplicable mercy to a sinner. now, he would not have exempted himself from that. we are here then as he would want. to pray for god's inexplicable mercy to a sinner. to this sinner. antonin scalia. let us not show him a false
love. and allow our addmiration to deprive him of our prayers. we continue to show affection for him and do good for him by praying for him. that all stain of sin be washed away. that all wounds be healed. that he be purified of all that is not christ. that he rest in peace. finally, we look to jesus forever into eternity. where better we consider our own place in eternity and whether it will be with the lord. even as we pray for dad to enter swiftly into eternal glory, we should be mindful of ourselves.
every funeral reminds us of just how thin the veil is between this world and the next. between time and eternity between the opportunity for conversion and the moment of judgment. so we cannot depart here unchanged. it makes no sense to celebrate god's goodness and mercy to dad if we are not attentive and responsive to those realities in our own lives. we must allow this encounter with eternity to change us. to turn us from sin. and towards the lord. the english dominican father b. jarrett, put it beautifully when he prayed. oh, strong son of god, while you prepare a place for us prepare us also for that happy place
that we may be with you and with those we love forall eternity. jesus christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. my dear friends, this is also a structure of the mass. the greatest prayer we can offer for dad because it's not our prayer but the lord's. the mass looks to jesus yesterda it reaches into the past reaches into the last supper. to the crucifixion. to the resurrection and makes those mysteries and their power present here on this altar. jesus himself becomes present here today under the form of bread and wine so that we can unite all our prayers of thanksgiving sorrow and
father raised christ his son from the dead. with confidence we ask him to save all his people living and dead. for antonin, when baptism was given the pledge of eternal life that he may now be admitted to the company of the saints. we praise the lord. >> lord, hear our prayer. >> for our brother, antonin, who ate the body of christ the bread of life that he may be raised up on the last day. we pray to the lord. >> lord, hear our prayer.
>> for our deceased relatives and friends and for all who have helped us. that they may have the reward of their goodness. we pray to the lord. >> lord, hear our prayer. >> for those who have fallen asleep in the hope of rising again, that they may see god face-to-face. we pray to the lord. >> lord, hear our prayer. >> for the family and friends of our brother, antonin. that the lord who we wantpt at the death of his friend lazarus. >> lord, hear our prayer. >> for all of us assembled here to worship in faith, that we may be gathered together again in god's kingdom.
pray brethren my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to the almighty father. as we humbly present to you these sacrificial offerings, oh lord for your servant, antonin, we besuit your mercy that he who did not doubt your son to be a loving savior may find in him a merciful judge who lives and reigns forever and ever. >> amen. ♪ the lord be with you lift up your hearts ♪ ♪ ♪ let us give thanks to the lord our god ♪
♪ ♪ it is truly right and just our duty and our salvation always and everywhere to give you thanks lord holy father almighty and eternal god through christ our lord ♪ ♪ in him the hope of blessed rez reduction has dawned that those saddened by the certainty might be consoled by the promise of immortality to come ♪ ♪ indeed for your faithful lord life is changed not ended and when the dwelling turns to dust and eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven ♪
♪ to therefore most merciful father we make humble prayer and petition through jesus christ your son, our lord that you would accept these gifts and offerings, these holy sacrifices which we offer you first lyly for your holy catholic church, be pleased to grant her peace to guard, unite and govern her throughout the world together with your servant and donald our bishop and all those who hold to the truth on the catholic and apostolic faith. remember lord, your servants. and all gathered here whose faith and devotion are known to you. for them we offer you this
sacrifice of praise or they offer it for themselves and all who are dear to them. for the redemption of their souls in hope of health and well being and pay their homage to you, the eternal god, living and true. in communion with those whose memory we venerate especially the glorious ever virgin mary. mother of our god and lord jesus christ and blessed joseph peter and paul andrew james, john thomas simon and jude cornelius and lawrence john and paul cosmos and damian and all your saints. prayers and all things we may be defended by your protecting help. therefore, lord we pray graciously accept this of our service that of your whole family. order our days in your peace and command that we be delivered from eternal damnation and counted among the flock of those
who have chosen. be pleased, oh god, we pray that bless, acknowledge and approve this offering in every respect. make it spiritual and acceptable so that it may become for us, the body and blood of your most beloved son, our lord jesus christ. on the day before he was to suffer he took bread in his holy and venerable hands and with eyes raised to heaven to you, oh god, his all mighty father giving thanks he said the blessing broke the bread and gave is to his disciple, saying, take this, all of you and eat of it. for this is my body. which will be given up for you. in a similar way, when supper
ended, he took this precious chalice in his holy and venerable hands and once more giving thanks, he said the blessing and gave the chalice to his disciples and said take this, all of you and drink from it. this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. do this in memory of me. ♪
resurrection from the dayead and glorious asengs into heaven, oh crist, your son our lord we your servants and your holy people offer to your glorious majesty from the gifts that you have given us is pour victim, holy victim, this thoughtless victim. the holy bread of eternal life and the chalice of ever lasting salvation. be pleased to look upon these with a serene countenance -- able to adjust the sake fis of abraham and the offering of your high priest a holy sacrifice.
in humble prayer, we ask you all mighty god, command these dwifts be born by the hands of your holy angel to your altar on high in the sight of your divine majesty so all of us who through this participation at the altar, receive the most holy body and blood of your son. may be filled with every grace and heavenly blessing. remember also lord your servants who have gone before us with a sign of faith and rest in the sleep of peace. grant them oh lord we pray and all who sleep in christ a place of refreshment, light and peace. to us also your servants who those sinners open your abundant mercies, graciously grant some share and fellowship with your holy apostles. with john the baptist, alexander, peter, felicity and
at the savior's command and teaching we dare to say our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. thy kingdom come thy will be done our father as it is in heaven. give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as he forgives those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from
evil. deliver us lord we pray from every evil graciously grant peace, your mercy we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress. as we wait the await the coming of our savior jesus christ. for the kingdom the power and glory are yours now and forever. lord jesus christ apostles peace i leave you my peace give you. look not on our sins on the faith -- and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with her will who live and reign for ever and ever. >> amen. >> the peace of the lord be with
♪ lord god whose son left us in the sacrament of his body food for the journey grant that strength our brother antonin may come to the eternal table of christ who lives and reigns forever and ever. >> amen. >> with faith in jesus christ we must reverently bury the body of our brother. let us pray with confidence to god in whose sight all creation
lives that he will raise up in holiness and power, the mortal body of our brother and command his soul to be numbered among the blessed. may god grant him a merciful judgment deliverance from death and pardon of sin. may christ the good shepard carry him home to be at peace with the father. may he rejoice forever in the presence of the eternal king and in the company of all the saints. ♪
♪ >> into your hands, father of mercy, we commend our brother, antonin, in the sure and certain hope that together with all who have died in christ he will rise with him on the last day. we give you thanks for the blessings which you bestowed upon antonin in this life. they are signs to us of your goodness and of our fell loiship with the saints in christ. merciful lord turn toward us and listen to our prayers.
[ church bells ringing ] you have been watching the funeral mass for antonin scalia. at the basilica of the national shrine of immaculate conception in northeast washington. and i guess in keeping with the justice's punctuality i'm told he was very particular about that with his nine children and i'm sure with his 36 grand
chilled. this went almost to the second as it was supposed to be two hours. it is looking like two hours. our colleague and friend chris wallace, that was an amazing event. and i cannot even imagine, chris, the pressure on father paul scalia speaking for his dad. >> well it's funny you mention that. that's exactly what i was thinking and what struck me so much during the ceremony was the grace of father paul scalia. it must be emotionally difficult enough to celebrate a funeral mass of someone you know. but to celebrate the funeral mass of your own father in front of the country and the world, he spoke so beautifully. he sang so beautifully. and there was that wonderful moment during his homily interesting, no public officials gave eulogies today. the only public