Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.
In the midst of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination confirmation hearings, one Washington politico has recast Mexico’s famous Our Lady of Guadalupe image with the face of the high court nominee.
Felix Sanchez, a Washington, D.C., attorney, CEO of the government and public relations firm TerraCom, and chairman of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, features the image on his Twitter page in an effort to appeal to Hispanics and promote Sotomayor’s confirmation.
While Hispanic actors Jimmy Smits and Sonia Braga, who co-founded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts might like the image, not everyone’s pleased.
Catherine Maggio of Newsbusters describes the superimposing of Sotomayor on the Virgin Mary’s image as a “desecration.”
“Besides showing the desecration of a holy image, Sanchez’s image has a sick irony,” writes Maggio. “For many reasons, including sash symbolizing pregnancy that the Virgin wears in the image, Our Lady of Guadalupe is often associated with and used as a symbol of the Catholic pro-life movement. She is also the ‘Patroness of the Unborn.’”
“While Sotomayor may claim to be Catholic, her views on abortion are unclear,” continued Maggio. “She told the Senate Judiciary Committee that ‘there is a right of privacy. The court has found it in various places in the Constitution,’ and ‘all precedents of the Supreme Court I consider settled law.’”