KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter
September 26, 2018
By Brian Roewe
Supreme Council urged members to contact senators to back judge’s nomination for Supreme Court
Days before allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh went public, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council urged its membership to contact their senators to support the federal appellate judge’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Knights are one of several Catholic institutions in recent weeks that have urged their membership to support Kavanaugh’s nomination for the nation’s highest court, including the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, and the anti-abortion group Priests for Life.
Once seen as a surefire candidate, Kavanaugh’s confirmation now faces uncertainty after Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, in California, alleged he sexually assaulted her at a house party in approximately 1982, while the two were in high school in the Washington, D.C. area, with Kavanaugh attending Jesuit-run Georgetown Preparatory School. Since Blasey Ford’s accusation became public, two additional women have come forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
Kavanaugh has steadfastly denied the allegations and is scheduled to address them Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as is Blasey Ford.
The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council declined to answer questions about the “action alert” to its membership, estimated at 2 million worldwide, including whether it stood by its support for Kavanaugh’s confirmation in light of the accusations brought against him, or if it supported an investigation beyond the Senate hearing.
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