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By David F. Forte, The Catholic Thing, June 21, 2022

David Forte is Professor Emeritus at Cleveland State University and is on the Board of Scholars at the James Wilson Institute.

David F. ForteIn a few days, we’ll know if Samuel Alito’s leaked draft in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization will survive as the majority opinion and become the “law of the land.” Whatever happens, Alito’s draft will stand as one of the greatest and most courageous declarations by a Supreme Court Justice. It’s a purifying document, cleansing the Court of many wrongheaded and pretentious rationalizations in the past.

The opinion is prophetic – in the classical sense of the word.  We often speak colloquially of prophecy as predicting the future. But in Scripture, prophets were not primarily clairvoyants, although some issued warnings of what might come (Jonah to the people of Nineveh), or statements of God’s great and good things (Isaiah about the coming of the Messiah). …

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