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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 01:27 PM

Amy Coney Barrett's People of Praise faith group has had a complicated relationship to Catholicism

Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett charge that questions about her faith are anti-Catholic. But the relationship between People of Praise — the small Christian community Barrett has belonged to since birth — and Catholics has not been seamless.

A drumbeat of members who have left since People of Praise’s founding in 1971 said they felt the group wasn’t sufficiently Catholic or had teachings or practices that went against the Church, according to letters they sent to bishops and interviews with The Washington Post.

People of Praise is an ecumenical lay group, although most of its members identify as Catholic. Barrett has not spoken about her Catholic faith or her lifetime membership in the People of Praise, and during her confirmation hearings, she sought to reassure lawmakers about her independence, saying she keeps her “personal moral religious views” distinct from the “task of applying law as a judge.”


People of Praise, which has about 1,700 members worldwide, is what’s called a “covenant community” and is not part of the Catholic Church. Its core is that members make commitments to one another, to shared values and practices and to submission to authority. It is the product of a period in American religion when big denominations like the Catholic Church were being rattled and transformed by the social upheaval of the 1960s. There were calls for more experiential faith with more contemporary music, deeper interpersonal connection and higher intensity. That period opened a discussion that’s still going on in the Catholic Church about how much transparency and power-sharing clergy are required to give, and who gets to define “Catholic.”


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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 01:42 PM

1. So she is part of a splinter group that is more akin to reconstructionist or dominionist group...

IOWs she is just a christian extremist nut.

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