“I quite frankly don’t know how you do these hard jobs without some faith. I don’t know. Other people can come to you and explain it to you. I have no idea. I don’t know how an oath becomes meaningful unless you have faith. Because at the end you say, ‘So help me God.’ And a promise to God is different from a promise to anyone else.”
As one of six Catholics on the court, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas addressed the role faith plays in his work as a justice. He spoke at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday.