David, Thanks for a good catch. Where is everybody else on the obit? Sheesh. We never did get many judges like Noonan, who would qualify as sui generis, I guess. But we probably won't get any in the future, thanks to Addison Mitchell McConnell, with an assist from Harry Reid.
Would that all judges had training in philosophy. RIP Judge Noonan, a voice who'll be missed.
Yes, Noonan seemed the essence of a judge. I think he was still on the ninth circuit in SF. That is the appeals court that has steadily held up Trump's efforts to change the rules on visitors from afar and from majority-Muslim countries.His book, "Contraception: A History of Its Treatment by the Catholic Theologians and Canonists," flew off the shelves when it was published (sixties???). Informed and judicious. I reviewed if for that wonderful magazine, Jubilee (RIP). I need to look up what I wrote.
The book was published in 1966 according to the obit, that is, before Humanae Vitae..
Commonweal has this about Noonan: https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/remembering-john-t-noonanIt includes a quote about Catholic liberals that make me squirm--and deservedly so!