Catholic Amy Coney Barrett front-runner


Catholic Amy Coney Barrett front-runner as Trump signals Supreme Court nomination plans

Catholic Amy Coney Barrett front-runner as Trump signals Supreme Court nomination plans

President Donald Trump on Saturday signalled he would soon nominate a potential replacement to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday evening at 87. Judge Amy Comey Barrett, a Catholic mother of seven, is widely reported to be the front-runner in the president’s deliberations regarding a nominee.

“.@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!” the president tweeted Saturday morning.

Barrett, a federal judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, has been reported to lead the president’s short list, and was also a contender for Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination in 2018, before the president nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

According to Axios, Trump reportedly in 2018 told confidantes of Barrett that he was “saving her for Ginsburg” in explanation of his decision not to appoint her to the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Appointed a federal judge in 2017, Barrett had been a professor at Notre Dame’s law school until her nomination was confirmed. Barrett has twice been honoured as “Distinguished Professor of the Year” at Notre Dame, and had clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

As a nominee to the federal bench, Barrett was pointedly questioned by Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee in 2017 on how her Catholic faith would influence her decisions as a judge on cases of abortion and same-sex marriage.

Pro-life groups hailed Barrett’s 2017 appointment to the bench.

Barrett is the mother of seven children, including two adopted from Haiti; one of her children has special needs. She is also reportedly a member of the People of Praise charismatic community, which was criticized as a “cult” during her 2017 confirmation hearings.

Bishop Peter Smith, a member of a related association of priests, told CNA in 2018 that there is not anything unusual or out of the ordinary about the group, which is a “covenant community,” mostly of laity.

“We’re a lay movement in the Church,” Smith explained. “There are plenty of these. We continue to try and live out life and our calling as Catholics, as baptized Christians, in this particular way, as other people do in other callings or ways that God may lead them into the Church.”

Whether or not he selects Barrett, Trump’s likely nomination of a Supreme Court Justice to replace Ginsburg has become a matter of serious political controversy, in an already fractious U.S. political and social context.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Friday that a Trump Supreme Court nominee will be voted on for confirmation by the United States Senate, even while there are fewer than seven weeks until the November 3 presidential election.

Democratic leaders have pushed back, and pointed to McConnell’s refusal to consider Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in March 2016, seven months before that year’s presidential contest. At the time, Republicans said that it would be more appropriate to wait until after the November election to fill the Court vacancy.

McConnell defended his decision Friday night, saying that “in the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.”

“By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary, we will keep our promise,” McConnell said.

Also reportedly on Trump’s short list are is 11th Circuit Court judge Britt Grant, 6th Circuit Court Judges Amul Thapar and Joan Larsen, and 10th Circuit Judge Allison Eid.





Praise Jesus and Mary!

I am sorry to let you know that Sister Muriel Geisler died on July 21,2020 one hour before she would have turned 96.  She died in Libujski, Bosnia/Hercegovina and has been buried in Medjugorje.

With the permission of her Order (Sisters of the Cenacle), Sister Muriel went to Medjugorje  in 1992 while the war was still going on in Bosnia/Hercegovina and waited on tables to support herself. English speaking pilgrims started giving Sister Muriel money and the Irish pilgrims also gave her vans which enabled her to commence doing food deliveries to elderly and families in need. I joined Sister Muriel in 1999. Since that time, Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD has delivered food to 200 to 300 families/month and has built a 52-bed nursing home in Libujski, a 25-bed hospice in Libujski, a 50-bed nursing home in Ravno and is in the process of building a day care facility in Citluk for children and young adults with special needs.

Currently, Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD is delivering food to 195 destitute elderly and families in the nearby villages and mountains of Bosnia/Hercegovina on a monthly basis. The day care facility should be completed by the end of 2020 or very early in 2021. With the assistance of 2 local volunteers, I intend on continuing our food delivery until mid-2021 at which point Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD will cease delivering food and will cease operations in Bosnia/Hercegovina. At that time, it was Sister’s wish that we give our list of destitute elderly and families to Jakov of Mary’s Hand, Medjugorje. Mary’s Hand is a local operation that delivers food and assistance to those in need.  Their website is www.marijine-ruke.ba.  Donations may be made to:  Raiffeisen Bank,  Zmaja od Bosne bb Sarajevo.  SWIFT CODE: RZBABA2S.  IBAN CODE:  BA391610000163330066.

We are fortunate that we currently have sufficient funds to finish the day care facility and to continue our food delivery operations until I leave Bosnia/Hercegovina in mid-2021. As a result, effective immediately, we are not accepting new donations.

I want you to know that your prayers and support over the years of Sister Muriel and Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD have been greatly appreciated.

Prayerfully in Our Lady of Medjugorje

Mary Walsh, Director