Antonin_Scalia,_SCOTUS_photo_portraitAntonin Gregory Scalia was an Associate Justice of theSupreme Court of the United States from 1986 until his death in 2016. Appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia was described as the intellectual anchor for the originalist and textualist position in the Court’s conservative wing.

# 1 Antonin Scalia was born to immigrant parents. His  father came from Sicily and his mother came from Italy. This made his childhood filled with  dicipline and dedication obvious. His mother was a school teacher.

#2 H attended Xavier High School. The great missionary St. Francis Xavier was from a Basque noble family, like his beloved mentor St. Ignatius Loyola. When Francis met Ignatius in Paris he was a proud, autocratic, ambitious man wanting to accomplish great deeds in the world. For three years Ignatius patiently encouraged Francis to look at his life differently. “What profits a man,” Ignatius asked Francis, “if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” Antonin obviously was influenced by this.

#3 Justice Scalia has a son, Paul,  who is a Catholic priest.

#4 He preferred attending a traditional Catholic church. In keeping with  his conservative   beliefs he attended  the  Tridentine Latin Mass in both Chicago and Washington and also the Latin version of the Mass of Paul VI at St. Catherine of Siena in Great Falls, Virginia.

#5 He loved opera.In 1994 production of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Scalia appeared onstage for about an hour and a half during the second act in a costume first worn by Plácido Domingo during the world première of Goya in 1986.

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