Reports: Justice Scalia May Have Been Attending A Secret Hunting Society Before He Died

Reports: Justice Scalia May Have Been Attending A Secret Hunting Society Before He Died

All I can say is that Justice Scalia must have really liked wearing robes!

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died 11 days ago at a West Texas ranch, he was among high-ranking members of an exclusive fraternity for hunters called the International Order of St. Hubertus, an Austrian society that dates back to the 1600s.

After Scalia’s death Feb. 13, the names of the 35 other guests at the remote resort, along with details about Scalia’s connection to the hunters, have remained largely unknown. A review of public records shows that some of the men who were with Scalia at the ranch are connected through the International Order of St. Hubertus, whose members gathered at least once before at the same ranch for a celebratory weekend.

Members of the worldwide, male-only society wear dark-green robes emblazoned with a large cross and the motto “Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes,” which means “Honoring God by honoring His creatures,” according to the group’s website. Some hold titles, such as Grand Master, Prior and Knight Grand Officer. The Order’s name is in honor of Hubert, the patron saint of hunters and fishermen.

Kind of weird and baroque, which would fit the profile, right?

In other news, it turns out he was in really terrible health. Not just a little high blood pressure, but some pretty life-threatening conditions on this list.


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