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By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing, Oct. 15, 2020
Stephen P. White is executive director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America and a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
A strange ritual is being conducted by the United States Senate this week. Senators have been taking regular turns refining talking points into sound bites and cable news video clips, which will later be spliced into campaign ads and fundraising videos. The ostensible reason for this tedious rite is the vetting of a nominee for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court: Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Such confirmation hearings have become a farce.
Judge Barrett, for her part, has demonstrated grace and patience, and flashes of legal brilliance, during the proceedings. If confirmed, Judge Barrett will be the sixth Catholic member of the Supreme Court. Judge Barrett’s Catholic faith – and her membership in the ecumenical charismatic group, People of Praise – has been the subject of much discussion since she was nominated and confirmed to the Seventh Circuit back in 2017. …