Leading Catholic magazine retracts Kavanaugh endorsement: 'No longer in the best interests of the country'
Justice Brett Kavanaugh. (AFP Photo/SAUL LOEB)

America, the nation's only weekly Catholic news magazine, has published an editorial pulling its endorsement for Brett Kavanaugh following Thursday's hearings.

The publication's editorial board took the extraordinary step of calling out Kavanaugh after the day's hearings, while stressing that it did not know who to believe.

"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," the editorial board wrote.

America had previously endorsed Kavanaugh, saying that "anyone who recognizes the humanity of the unborn should support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh."

Yet the editors say that pushing forward with the Catholic judge is "no longer in the best interests of the country."

This despite the fact that the editors of America desperately want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

"There are many good reasons to support the nomination of a qualified judge who is committed to a textualist interpretation of the Constitution to the Supreme Court," the editors write. "We continue to support the nomination of judges according to such principles—but Judge Kavanaugh is not the only such nominee available."

Kavanaugh is now tainted, an the editors suggest his decisions would be, too.

"For the good of the country and the future credibility of the Supreme Court in a world that is finally learning to take reports of harassment, assault and abuse seriously, it is time to find a nominee whose confirmation will not repudiate that lesson," they write.