Catholic convert and Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork remembered

Judge Robert H. Bork, a Catholic convert whose defeated Supreme Court nomination helped ensure the continued dominance of legal abortion in the U.S., died Wednesday morning at the age of 85.

“We will remember him with great fondness,” Ave Maria School of Law President and Dean Eugene R. Milhizer told CNA Dec. 19. “Judge Bork was a national figure, a very important jurist, writer and academic. It was a real privilege to be a colleague of his at the law school.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins praised Bork as “a fellow champion of the sanctity of human life.”

He cited the judge’s “great respect for the text and history of the constitution” and his philosophy of judicial restraint.

“His brilliant legal mind also saw the truth of Christianity, and in his later years Judge Bork grew closer in his relationship with Jesus. His deep faith and trust in God is an example for all of us,” Perkins said.