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Mon Jan 29, 2024, 10:23 AM Jan 2024

People of Praise: New role for Amy Coney Barrett's father inside Christian sect sparks controversy

Source: The Guardian

New role for Amy Coney Barrett’s father inside Christian sect sparks controversy

Alleged abuse survivors at People of Praise worry Michael Coney may block group’s handling of sexual abuse from becoming public

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington
Mon 29 Jan 2024 11.00 GMT
Last modified on Mon 29 Jan 2024 14.14 GMT

Survivors of alleged childhood abuse inside the People of Praise, a secretive Christian sect that counts Amy Coney Barrett as a member, are voicing concerns that the supreme court justice’s father, who was recently promoted to a new role, may seek to block information about the group’s historic handling of sexual abuse becoming public.

Barrett, a conservative justice who was appointed by former US president Donald Trump, has never publicly disclosed her participation in the covenant Christian community, which some former members have compared to a cult.

Her father, Michael Coney, a Louisiana-based lawyer who worked for Shell and has been a longtime member of the PoP, was this month appointed to serve as the group’s new legal counsel. Coney is also taking the helm of a “consultation team” that, internal correspondence seen by the Guardian shows, has been dealing with “issues of concern” to the group’s 1,100 members, including “misuse of authority” inside the PoP, “lack of accountable leadership”, and “mistrust of the board”.

Coney’s appointment is part of a broader shake-up inside the PoP, whose leadership has been consumed by a contentious debate over the legitimacy of the 2021 election of its current leader, Charlie Fraga. Known as the “overall coordinator”, Fraga has said the bitter fight has emerged as an “urgent threat to the unity of the community”.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/29/amy-coney-barrett-father-christian-sect-controversy

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People of Praise: New role for Amy Coney Barrett's father inside Christian sect sparks controversy (Original Post) Eugene Jan 2024 OP
SCOTUS, a family affair. enough Jan 2024 #1
The tree doesn't fall far from the nut Major Nikon Feb 2024 #2
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