Brett Kavanaugh, Republican

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  • Christian community’s social obligation is to disturb the official doings of society when they are in conflict with the best interest of justice for human beings.

Jurgen Moltmann

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.


Improper Formation? 

This is a Commonweal article by John Gehring a man whose bona fides I trust . he wrote this article in Commonweal, another trustworthy Catholic literary organ.

Here is Gehring’s background

John Gehring is Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life, an advocacy group in Washington, and a former associate director for media relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church (Rowman & Littlefield, 

Brett Kavanaugh’s possibly imperiled nomination to the Supreme Court has me thinking about elite institutions, power, and privilege as the backdrop to explosive charges brought by Christine Blasey Ford—the Palo Alto University psychology professor who alleges that Kavanaugh, while a student at Georgetown Prep, locked her in a room during a party, held her down, covered her mouth, and attempted to rape her. ]

I do not know who is right here but Gehring in his article goes on to point out the small shadow side  of this prestigious Catholic prep school-–where I found out the tuition was $37,000 per.and i have no doubt about the many fine people in these schools who believed and attempted to live the Jesuit motto: Men for Others, which instilled instilled an ethic of service, a spirituality of discernment, and a faith-based commitment to justice. ‘


But Gehring goes on  about  “ another context rarely acknowledged but ever present: a culture of entitlement where young men born into privilege walked with the jaunty confidence of those who knew instinctively that society was organized to defer to them. Even if we couldn’t explain the sociology of power, or spell out the specifics of why, for example, the criminal justice system and the prospects of professional opportunities would be far kinder to us than the black kids at a public school only miles but a world away, the order of things remained unquestioned. 

I distrusted Kavanaugh from the getgo. As soon as he pulled the humble “I’m just the basketball coach at Blessed Sacrament,“ the school where his daughters went, my radar began to beep.  Then the NYT fleshed out his uber-privileged Republican  background. His father was a shill for the cosmetics industry whose buy out was $13 million ; his bother a secretary for GW Bush.  I projected on to this the type of Catholicism he  lived—pillar of the community, reader at mass and dished out of baked beans at the parish fall fair. Probably voted for Trump as 55% of RCs did.

Then Ralph Nader undressed  the judge’s  total corporate rulings, similar to those other 4 RCs on the supreme Court—yes, the one that gave the USA the “Citizens United” decision, allowing untold money into presidential elections.

I venture to say–and i could be wrong- but my whole life has exposed me to these Catholic chancers. Are there any photos of that Mr. Kavanaugh seen in a march for justice against US imperialism in Central America, or a “Ban the bomb” rally or really anything that whiffed of radical concern for the poor in the American fun house which has so richly rewarded him. I think not. For this blue blood it was always Excelsior, onward and upward.

Mexican theologian José Miranda writes

The fact that Christians have not set out to conquer the world for love of neighbor shows that they do not believe that the messianic eschaton has arrived. They have adapted to the “world” and to history. Civilization has ensnared them so that they have made Christianity  into a conventional religion and by this very fact they deny that Jesus is the messiah..They have withdrawn from the otherness of millions of hungry, tormented human beings.

I believe Kavanaugh assiduously spent his life in Dan Berrigan’s phrase “an upward ride on the golden escalator to nowhere,” in Kavanaugh’s case  a Republican oriented, upperly mobile legal career.The  fact that he was effusively praised by Trump should have been the early warning sign, then his  kiss ass answer:

Mr. President, thank you. Throughout this process, I’ve witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary. No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds, to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination.

Matthew Iglesias writing on VOX pointed to Kavanaugh’s first lie in 2004

Brett Kavanaugh’s habit of dissembling makes it hard to take his word over Ford’s

From his public remarks to his congressional testimony, he’s awfully dishonest. Kavanaugh has been bullshitting recently, but at other times, he seemingly did seek to outright mislead people.

The overall impression one gets of Kavanaugh is of a man who is not that scrupulous in his recollections and who is very willing to say things that are false or misleading to both Congress and the public in order to get ahead.

Nick Kristoff in Sunday’s NYT: “He appears to have given misleading testimony, though perhaps short of perjury, about his knowledge of stolen documents when he was in the Bush White House and about his involvement in judicial nominations.”

And then his stunning political speech on Friday where he lacerated the Clintons and left wingers. This alone should disqualify him for partisanship  and now the American Jesuit magazine has disqualified him

In an editorial posted late Thursday, America magazine said it had no special insight into whether Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford is telling the truth. But it said that the nomination was no longer in the interests of the country and “should be withdrawn.”

“If Senate Republicans proceed with his nomination, they will be prioritizing policy aims over a woman’s report of an assault,” the editors wrote. “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.”

The reversal is significant given Kavanaugh has repeatedly cited his Catholic faith. I do not presume to judge Kavanaugh’s soul  but i do know this: all faith communities  have taken a terrible hit under capitalism. Look at the stunning betrayal of  evangelicals under Trump. Look at the way Zionism has wormed its way into the Judaism. We Christians  have trimmed our sails to a tidal wave of  sweet seduction. What the hell are catholics doing hanging with Bush and voting Republican,

Catholics who  become Republican boosters  are suspect in my judgment, This is the party which has fought every advancement of hunan betterment in my lifetime and you simply can not divorce faith from politics.

DiAIRMUID O’MURCHU reminds us  that

We have come a long way from the fiery prophetic figure Jesus of Nazareth who shocked and disturbed the conventions of his day in the name of justice and liberation. Our respectability has taken a terrible toll on the authentic calling of Christian life. We have lost sight of the deeper vision and lost heart for the passion and enthusiasm of God’s New Reign. The following of Jesus is not a respectable religion.

Kavanaugh’s Catholicism is a bit too respectable for me.