Once again, the Catholic Church in America has a problem on its hands, only this time it involves one of their esteemed alumni and not one of their priests, at least that is what we know for now.
Brett Michael Kavanaugh graduated from Georgetown College Preparatory in 1983. Kavanaugh is the type of student every Jesuit high school wants: bright, athletic, personable, and from a family with money, hopefully, lots of it. Kavanaugh played on the football team and was the captain of the basketball team. Kavanaugh went on to attend Yale University whose motto is “Lux et Veritas” (Light and Truth). After graduating from Yale with honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Kavanaugh remained at Yale earning a Juris Doctor.
On paper, Kavanaugh is a strong candidate for any position within any organization. One might go so far as to say, “He is the type of man I want my daughter to marry.” I am only reminded of that old saying, “Be careful what you wish for,” and this my friends is what is so scary. Just like with any sporting event, games are not won or lost on paper because you don’t know how a player is going to react to a situation. While Brett Kavanaugh has a bright side, the “light” as it were to Yale’s motto, he has failed the school’s other motto, Veritas, because he has a dark side that he certainly does not want to shed light on for anyone to see.
Kavanaugh did an excellent job of protecting his dark side while he was vetted six times in the past. And although President George Bush nominated him in July 2003 for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, it wasn’t until May 2006 when the U.S. Senate confirmed him. Kavanaugh’s confirmation was filled with high drama. Bill Mears CNN Washington Bureau reported on May 9, 2006:
Democrats pressed for a new hearing to question Kavanaugh over what role he might have played in the administration’s secret wiretapping program of Americans suspected of terrorist ties. They also wanted to know about any dealings he might have had with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Several lawmakers attacked Kavanaugh’s experience, temperament, and political ties.
Mears went to report that even the American Bar Association had concerns with Kavanaugh:
In an unusual move, the American Bar Association recently downgraded its rating of Kavanaugh from “well-qualified” to “qualified” after a new round of interviews with colleagues raised concerns over “the breadth of his professional experience.
Working for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit offers a lifetime position, but it is not the Supreme Court. It’s like playing professional baseball. The U.S. Court of Appeals is like playing minor baseball while the U.S. Supreme Court is playing at the Major League level. Major League baseball is “the show,” and it deserves only the very best judges and should not be about partisan politics; it should be about having the most qualified judge in the nation regardless of race, gender, or creed.
Fortunately for Kavanaugh, his nomination to D.C. circuit was played without any fanfare. But EGO, my acronym for “Edging God Out” got the best of Kavanaugh, just like it did when he was a teenager at Georgetown Prep and a young man at a Yale.
Kavanaugh should now do the right thing and remove himself from being a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court Justice position. It will save himself, his wife, and children further embarrassment. Enough people have suffered. Ego, unfortunately, is like a dangerous drug and it can quickly destroy the best of certain people, like Supreme Court nominees and abusive Catholic priests.