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Former People of Praise members accuse U.S. ecumenical community of covering up sexual abuse in its ranks. The report comes just before the U.S. Senate votes on filling the vacant Supreme Court justice post.
As the U.S. edition of the "Guardian" reported on Wednesday (local time), citing dropouts, there are said to be more than two dozen affected people who suffered from emotional trauma. At least one case involved sexual abuse, he said. Whistleblowers remain anonymous to protect them. According to the Guardian, the organization is currently having the allegations investigated by a law firm.
A few days before the vote
The report comes just days before the U.S. Senate votes on filling the vacant Supreme Court judgeship for which President Donald Trump has nominated conservative federal judge Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett belongs to the "People of Praise," which is an ecumenical community not under the control of the Catholic Church. Her father held a leadership position there.
Controversies surrounding "People of Praise"
The Senate Judiciary Committee refrained from addressing the 48-year-old's Catholic faith or her affiliation with the "People of Praise" during its hearings on Barrett's case. Officially, Barrett has not commented on her current relationship with the charismatic community.
In particular, the required obedience of members and the subordination of wives have caused ongoing controversy since Barrett was nominated for the vacant judgeship. Critics accuse the "People of Praise" of intransparency, among other things.