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The high school (Georgetown Prep) Kavanaugh went to was run by the Jesuit order. Jesuit and Catholic institutions have been rocked by allegations of sexual assault, abuse and scandal for the past several years.

America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture is the leading Catholic journal of opinion in the United States. It was first published in 1909. Today, the editors of the review withdrew their endorsement of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, writing:

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today clearly demonstrated both the seriousness of her allegation of assault by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and the stakes of this question for the whole country. Judge Kavanaugh denied the accusation and emphasized in his testimony that the opposition of Democratic senators to his nomination and their consequent willingness to attack him was established long before Dr. Blasey’s allegation was known.

Evaluating the credibility of these competing accounts is a question about which people of good will can and do disagree. The editors of this review have no special insight into who is telling the truth. If Dr. Blasey’s allegation is true, the assault and Judge Kavanaugh’s denial of it mean that he should not be seated on the U.S. Supreme Court. But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear Judge Kavanaugh’s name, we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country. 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of his legal credentials and his reputation as a committed textualist, it is now clear that the nomination should be withdrawn. […]

If Senate Republicans proceed with his nomination, they will be prioritizing policy aims over a woman’s report of an assault. Were he to be confirmed without this allegation being firmly disproved, it would hang over his future decisions on the Supreme Court for decades and further divide the country. Even if one thinks that Dr. Blasey’s allegations are not credible, demonstrating them not to be would require further investigations and testimony. This would including 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. — www.americamagazine.org/…

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. No doubt the Party of tRump believed that their vetting of Kavanaugh would be bullet proof. Even if they had an inkling that Dr. Ford would make her charges, tRump’s sycophants would have viewed Kavanaugh’s behavior as standard operating procedure in their sphere. Stonewalling, denying, covering up, and subverting investigation has always worked for them…..until now.

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