Pentacostal Catholic People of Praise scrubs Amy Coney Barrett their website
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People of Praise, a tiny charismatic Catholic organization, admits removing mentions and photos of Amy Coney Barrett.
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People of Praise tied to Amy Coney Barrett, erased all mentions and photos of her from its website before she meets with lawmakers and faces questions at her Senate confirmation hearings.
Barrett, 48, did not mention People of Praise in her 2017 or 2020 Senate judicial vetting questionnaires, the most recent of which was released on Tuesday.
The AP reported earlier this week that People of Praise’s belief system is rooted in so-called charismatic Catholicism, a movement that grew out of the influence of Pentecostalism, which emphasizes a personal relationship with Jesus and can include baptism in the Holy Spirit and “speaking in tongues”.
Catholic charismatic movement that initially took hold in the U.S. in the 1960s that used to call its female leaders “handmaids.”
Barrett, 48, grew up in New Orleans in a family deeply connected to the organization and as recently as 2017 she served as a trustee at the People of Praise-affiliated Trinity Schools Inc., according to the nonprofit organization’s tax records and other documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Only members of the group serve on the schools’ board, according to the system’s president. The AP also reviewed 15 years of back issues of the organization’s internal magazine, Vine and Branches, which has published birth announcements, photos and other mentions of Barrett and her husband, Jesse, whose family has been active in the group for four decades. On Friday, all editions of the magazine were removed from the group’s website.
“It’s not about the faith,” said Massimo Faggioli, a theology professor at Villanova University, who has studied similar groups. He says a typical feature of charismatic groups is the dynamic of a strong hierarchical leadership, and a strict view of the relationship between women and men.
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One of the women also said she was forbidden from getting birth control because married women were supposed to bear as many babies as God would provide. Wives were expected to obey their husband’s wishes in all matters, including providing sex on demand.
People of Praise erased numerous records from its website during the summer of 2017 that referred to Barrett and included photos of her and her family. The AP was able to track the deletions and access the missing information through the Internet Archive, a non-profit group that has saved digital versions of more than 330bn web pages since 1996.
Former members have said the group’s leaders teach that wives must submit to the will of their husbands.
Founded in 1971, the group’s 22 branches organize and meet outside the purview of the Roman Catholic church and include people from several Christian denominations, though the majority of its roughly 1,800 adult members remain Catholic.
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