Funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

The funeral for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was held on Saturday at the nation's largest roman catholic church in Washington D.C. Thousands of people gathered to pay their respects. Scalia's son, a catholic priest, led the funeral mass.

"God blessed dad, as is well known, with a love for his country," said Reverend Paul Scalia.

Father Scalia, one of the justices nine children, added humor to the somber ceremony telling a story of the time his father came to church for confession only to learn his son was the priest on duty.

"As he put it later, like heck was I confessing to you. The feeling was mutual," said Reverend Scalia.

More than 3,300 people were in attendance as the casket of Justice Antonin Scalia was taken into the church draped in an American flag. Along with family and friends, Vice President Joe Biden, Scalia's fellow Supreme Court Justices, U.S. Senators, and presidential hopefuls were all there to pay their respects. Despite criticism President Obama did not attend the funeral, saying his security detail is too large. President Obama paid tribute to the justice at the Supreme Court Friday. Scalia died last weekend at a ranch near Marfa. He spent nearly three decades on the nation's high court. He was considered one of the country's most influential conservatives. Talk has already begun on Justice Scalia's replacement on the Supreme Court. President Obama says he will nominate a new justice. Even though he wants a vote on his nomination, that has the Republican led Senate heated, they say that won't happen until a new president is elected.