Catholic Magazine Withdraws Support for Kavanaugh
American Magazine, a weekly magazine published by Jesuits, a Catholic religious order, is withdrawing all support for Judge Bret Kavanaugh. The editors of the religious magazine are revoking their initial endorsement of Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. The editors said the revocation became necessary after a Thursday confirmation hearing where Christine Blasey Ford testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
Blasey is one of three women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. American Magazine in July endorsed the candidacy of Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court over his strict views on abortion.
“While we previously endorsed the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh on the basis of his legal credentials and his reputation as a committed textualist, it is now clear that the nomination should be withdrawn… we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country,” the magazine wrote.
The magazine disclosed that they believe the hearings and how the Senate Judiciary Committee rules on the issue will reflect how the United States “treats women when their reports of harassment, assault and abuse threaten to derail the careers of powerful men.”
The magazine warned Republicans on the committee to not vote for Kavanaugh until it is proven that he did not commit the sex assaults he is charged with. Proceeding with his nomination would be tantamount to prioritizing policy over a woman’s report of sexual rape. The editors urged the committee to leave no stones unturned until the validity of Blasey’s claims can be verified.
“This would include calling additional witnesses and assessing further allegations against Judge Kavanaugh from other women, to which Republicans on the committee have been unwilling to commit and which would be divisive in any case,” the American Magazine wrote.
If Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee without verifying or refuting Blasey’s and other women’s sexual accusations, the dilemma would “hang over his future decisions on the Supreme Court for decades and further divide the country,” the editors claim.