October 6, 2018
By Libby Berry
The Sunday after Christine Blasey Ford testified in front the Senate Judiciary Committee, local Catholics congregated for mass in Washington. Toward the end of the service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, parishioners recited a prayer for healing victims of clergy sexual abuse.
“Hear our cries as we agonize over the harm done to our brothers and sisters,” they said.
The prayer highlighted anguish in the Catholic church that is resonating in the Supreme Court confirmation battle.
Newly confirmed nominee Brett Kavanaugh had cited his Catholic faith when defending himself before the Senate against allegations of sexual misconduct raised by Ford and two other women. He noted his Jesuit education at Georgetown Preparatory School and said that going to church on Sundays was as routine as brushing his teeth.
But his religious credentials were not enough for some Catholics already grappling with reports of widespread abuse by priests within their own church. Despite what he may deliver from the bench on issues like abortion, members of the church find themselves just as divided on his nomination as the rest of the country.