Amy Barrett Is in a Group That 'Speaks in Tongues'

The media spotlight falls on a 'charismatic community' called People of Praise
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2020 3:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court belongs to a tightly knit Catholic group called People of Praise—but what exactly is it? The media spotlight is falling on Amy Coney Barrett's "charismatic community" and reviving questions about its spiritual advisers, communal living spaces, and alleged connection to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. For starters, America magazine reports that the group began in South Bend, Indiana, in 1971 and has members from various Christian churches, while most are Catholic. Some People of Praise practices are Pentecostal in flavor and include prophecy, healing services, and speaking in tongues.

  • 'A nut': Bill Maher had a field day with that one, saying Friday on Real Time that Barrett is a "nut" who is "Catholic, really Catholic, I mean really, really Catholic, like speaking in tongues." Legal scholar Jonathan Turley fired back that Maher indulged in a "raving assault" that showed "the triumph of rage over reason."

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