Bishop Ricken recalls Scalia's Green Bay visit

GREEN BAY — Hundreds of people filled St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Sunday afternoon, just as they did in October 2010 when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was in attendance at the invitation of Bishop David Ricken.

"It was so nice to have him around," said Ricken. "It was like talking to anybody, so I got to know him pretty well. We aren't friends or anything, but I got to know him pretty well."

Bishop Ricken first met Scalia in 2003 or 2004. Both were in Rome to see the Pope.

"He was so friendly and approachable," said Ricken. "I couldn't believe it, just a real down to earth man."

Ricken invited Scalia to Green Bay for the inaugural "Red Mass", marking the beginning of Northeast Wisconsin's St. Thomas More Society, a professional group for lawyers.
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