This is not a day for hot takes, or political grandstanding. What police officials believe was a lone gunman, named Stephen Paddock, killed more than 50 people, and wounded at least 500 more at a music festival in Las Vegas overnight. The urge to pin this crime on a specific political agenda is very strong.
In the wake of Senate Democrats toying with the idea of religious tests for federal judges, some Catholic leaders are pushing back hard. Among them: Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins, who wrote a letter to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein about her bigoted assault on federal judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Article Six of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." Those words ought to be clear to even the dullest of elected officials.