The Recusable Roberts?
Here's a comment from The Brothers Judd site that clarifies. Click through on the link to more clarification from Althouse:
Apparently Justice Roberts said that he would recuse himself if the law required him to rule in a way such that the act of ruling would be considered by his church as the commission of an immoral act. That's quite a bit different from the mess of pottage of a summary that we see in the Times, but what can you expect from such a tabloid?
I think Roberts, during the pause, thought this through and fixed on the key point, which was Scalia's point: a ruling in favor of abortion rights is not an immoral ruling, even if abortions are immoral. It is only if he becomes "part of the machinery" -- as is the case with the death penalty -- that the immoral act of another is the judge's own immorality.It's impossible to see inside another's mind, but the Scalia connection is a valuable discernment tool. Watch for broad MSM extreme interpretation of the matter.
Thus, Roberts' answer will not mean that he will need to recuse himself in abortion cases.