Amid renewed scrutiny of Barrett's personal life and beliefs in advance of a possible Trump nomination, Princeton University Professor Robert George highlighted the anti-Catholic tropes again being used in criticism of the judge.
"One would have hoped that having brought shame on themselves last time, and blunted their spear on Judge Barrett by attacking her religion, they would be more careful this time about exposing their bigotry to public view. But no," he said on Twitter.
During Barrett's confirmation hearings, questions were also raised about Barrett's association with the lay organization People of Praise.
People of Praise has been referred to in the media as a "cult," and criticized for a practice, which has since been changed, that called leaders "heads" and "handmaidens," both of which are references to Biblical passages.
People of Praise was founded in 1971 as part of a "great emergence of lay ministries and lay movements in the Catholic Church," following Vatican Council II, Bishop Peter Smith, a member of the organization, told CNA.
The group began with 29 members who formed a "covenant"- an agreement, not an oath, to follow common principles, to give five percent of annual income to the group, and to meet regularly for spiritual, social, and service projects.
Covenant communities- Protestant and Catholic- emerged across the country in the 1970s, as a part of the Charismatic Renewal movement in American Christianity.
While most People of Praise members are Catholic, the group is officially ecumenical; people from a variety of Christian denominations can join. Members of the group are free to attend the church of their choosing, including different Catholic parishes, Smith explained.
What will happen next?
On Monday President Trump announced that he expects to name his nominee for the Supreme Court by the end of the week, following memorial and funeral services for Justice Ginsburg.
Ginsburg will lie in state at the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol on Friday, following two days of lying in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday. Ginsburg will lie underneath the Portico, and the public will be permitted to view the casket outdoors.
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As per tradition, Ginsburg's former law clerks will serve as her honorary pallbearers.
Ginsburg will be buried in a private ceremony alongside her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.