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Texas Judges and Lawyers Pray Together at St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Dallas

A Divine Failure: The Society sponsors the annual Red Mass to invoke divine guidance and strength during the coming term of the Court.

These Catholic Texas Lawyers and Judges Believe Segregating Service Enhances Ochlocracy

JUL 13, 2022

Last Update Name Title Address
June 22, 2010 Mark D Cronenwett Director 5707 Keller Springs Road, Suite 600
Addison, TX 75001 USA
June 22, 2010 Thomas P Brandt Director 4849 Greenville Avenue, Suite 1300
Dallas, TX 75206 USA
June 22, 2010 Ellen Eisenlohr Dorn Director 7414 Yamini Drive
Dallas, TX 75230 USA
June 22, 2010 Brian T Gaddy Director 10210 N. Central Expressway, Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75231 USA
June 22, 2010 Charles R Helms Director 5950 Berkshire Lane, Suite 850
Dallas, TX 75225 USA
June 22, 2010 Vincent J Hess Director 2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 2200
Dallas, TX 75201 USA
June 22, 2010 Raymond E LaDriere II Director 2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 2200
Dallas, TX 75201 USA
June 22, 2010 Patrick J McLain Director 3131 McKinney Avenue, Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75204 USA
June 22, 2010 Barbara J Panza Director 3913 Marchwood Drive
Richardson, TX 75082 USA
June 22, 2010 Timothy E Taylor Director 1717 Main Street, Suite 3700
Dallas, TX 75201 USA
June 22, 2010 Jeffrey S Turner Director 5950 Berkshire Lane, Suite 850
Dallas, TX 75225 USA
June 22, 2010 Michael J Uhl Director 2515 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201 USA
June 22, 2010 S Cass Weiland Director 2001 Ross Avenue, Suite 3000
Dallas, TX 75201 USA
June 22, 2010 Ft Paul Weinberger Director 4300 Stuart Street
Greenville, TX 75401 USA
Name Organization Legal Specialty
Locke Lord LLP
Real Estate & Corporate Transactions
Martin Powers & Counsel, PLLC
Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Financial Services Litigation
5th Court of Appeals Texas
Litigation
U.S. District Court
The Bassett Firm
Civil Trial
Labor & Employment; Litigation
Our Lady of Angels
Canon Law
Winstead P.C.
Land Use, Zoning, Permitting, Building Code Violations
Children’s Health System of Texas
Health Care
Law Offices of Jim Burnham
Criminal Defense, Federal and State Cases
AT&T Inc.
Tax
Cevallos Law Group, PLLC
Trusts & Estates, Wills, Small Business
Chester & Jeter LLP
Intellectual Property, Business & International
Chalker Flores LLP
Intellectual Property
Commercial Real Estate and Banking
The Rodriguez Law Firm
Civil Litigation
Law Offices of William D. Cox III
Criminal Law – bd certified; Apellate-CR
Jackson Walker LLP
Zoning and Land Use, Economic Development
Stutzman Bromberg Esserman & Plifka, PC
Bankruptcy, Litigation
General Counsel, technology, commercial and vendor agreements, employment law, corporate governance
Holland & Knight LLP
Intellectual Property
Law Office of Ellen Eisenlohr Dorn
Probate & Trust Administration; Charitable Gift Planning; Nonprofit Organizations
Jackson Walker LLP
Health Care
Polunsky Beitel Green
Mortgage Law
Castaneda + Heidelman, LLP
Internal Investigations, Dispute Resolution, Regulatory Compliance
Law Offices of William J. Dunleavy, P.C.
Personal Injury, Employment
Contractor Integrity Solutions LLC
Government contracts, healthcare
Christopher J. Everett, PC
probate
Oncor Electric Delivery
Real Estate Transactions
Board Certified, Labor & Empl. Law (TBLS)
Cambridge Holdings
Real Estate
Law Office of Brian T. Gaddy
Commercial Litigation
Andrews Kurth Kenyon
Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions
Holland & Knight
Employee Benefits
Hagan Law Group LLC
Law Office of Christopher P. Hamm, PLLC
Probate, Guardianship, Estate Planning, Family Law and Mediation
University of Dallas
Civil Rights
The Hartnett Law Firm
Estate and Trust Litigation
Pesek & Helms, LLP
O’Neil Wysocki, PC
Family Law
Dallas Diocesan Tribunal
Canon Law: Tribunal Procedure; Eastern Rite Canon Law
Intellectual Property, Data Privacy
Barnes & Thornburg
Civil Trial
Jones Day
Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration law
Attorney at Law
Probate; Wills and Powers of Attorney
Jackson Walker
Healthcare
Kastl Law, P.C.
Personal Injury Trial Law
Name Organization Legal Specialty
Haynes & Boone, LLP
Intellectual Property
Michael A. Koenecke, Attorney & Counselor
Estate Planning; Probate
Curnutt & Hafer LLP
Litigation
University of Dallas
Locke Lord
Litigation
Higier Allen & Lautin, PC
Commercial Real Estate/Lending
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Law, Securities Law
Weil Gotshal & Manges
Private Equity M&A
John J. Little Law, PLLC
Business Litigation; Probate & Trust Litigation
Foley & Lardner LLP
Commercial Litgation, Class Actions
Litigation
Lopez Freshwater PLLC
Immigration
Lewis Brisbois
Labor & Employment
Manigrasso Law Firm PLLC
Tax, criminal
Law Office of Richard Mazzio LLC.
Immigration
Patrick J McLain, Judge Advocate and Attorney at Law, PC
federal criminal defense, Texas criminal defense, military law
Holland & Knight LLP
Tax Controversies
John V. McShane PC
Family Law; Criminal Defense; Collaborative Law
Shupe Ventura, PLLC
Morgan Buildings & Spas
Hunton & Williams
Real Estate; Finance
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Intellectual Property
Gainsco, Inc.
In house counsel; corporate; securities
366th District Court, Collin County
Fifth District Court of Appeals
Appellate Law
University of Dallas
PhD in history of political/ecclesiastical thought
Pena Arbitration & Mediation Group
Labor & Employment; Litigation; ADR
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Commercial Real Estate
Municipal Court Judge
Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Mergers and Acquisitions
Holland & Knight, LLP
Civil Trial
UNT Dallas | College of Law
Hilgers Graben PLLC
Litigator and counselor on business and constitutional issues
RegitzMauck PLLC
Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity
Retired
General
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Securities Litigation
Law Offices of Romero | Kozub
White Collar Defense, Securites Enforcement & Regulation
Law Office of John Roper, PLLC
Construction & Real Estate Litigation
Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons, L.L.P.
Civil Appellate, Insurance Litigation
Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Commercial Real Estate
The Marketing Arm
Corporate Law
SMU Dedman School of Law
Holland & Knight LLP
Commercial Litigation
Commercial Law
SHEETZ LAW FIRM
Criminal Law – Federal and State – White Collar Defense
Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC
Criminal Defense
Construction Law
Partners for Ethical Care
Corporate, Technology, Copyright
Name Organization Legal Specialty
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
City of Arlington City Attorney’s Office
Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton PLLC
Real Estate
retired
real estate, M&A
Sullivan & Holston
estate planning – business law
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Commercial Litigation/Business Divorce
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
Contracts, Government/Administrative, Health Care
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Finance and Restructuring
SMU Dedman School of Law
Intellectual Property
Law Office of Jeff Turner
Estate Planning; Probate
Scheef & Stone
Business and Construction Litigation
SMU Dedman School of Law
Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP
Insurance Defense Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Harness, Dickey & Pierce
Intellectual Property
The White Law Firm
Family, Civil Litigation, Estate and Probate
Nokia
Intellectual Property
Locke Lord LLP
Financial Services Litigation

Mark Cronenwett, the Wolf of Texas, Drank the Wine of Christ and Disappeared from the Church Non-Profit Website

ATTORNEY DIRECTORY

This is a directory of Catholic attorneys who are members of the St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Dallas.  Click on the attorney’s name for additional contact information.

Members who are Catholic mediators are listed in a separate directory, which you can access by clicking on “Catholic Mediators” in the menu bar above.

To search for an attorney by Last Name, Firm, or Specialty, use the search box below.

Name Organization Legal Specialty
Locke Lord LLP
Real Estate & Corporate Transactions
Martin Powers & Counsel, PLLC
Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Financial Services Litigation
5th Court of Appeals Texas
Litigation
U.S. District Court
NO RELATION TO KARLA BALLI IS SHE, MARK?
The Bassett Firm
Civil Trial
Labor & Employment; Litigation
Our Lady of Angels
Canon Law
Winstead P.C.
Land Use, Zoning, Permitting, Building Code Violations
Children’s Health System of Texas
Health Care
Law Offices of Jim Burnham
Criminal Defense, Federal and State Cases
AT&T Inc.
Tax
Cevallos Law Group, PLLC
Trusts & Estates, Wills, Small Business
Chester & Jeter LLP
Intellectual Property, Business & International
Chalker Flores LLP
Intellectual Property
Commercial Real Estate and Banking
The Rodriguez Law Firm
Civil Litigation
Law Offices of William D. Cox III
Criminal Law – bd certified; Apellate-CR
Jackson Walker LLP
Zoning and Land Use, Economic Development
Stutzman Bromberg Esserman & Plifka, PC
Bankruptcy, Litigation
General Counsel, technology, commercial and vendor agreements, employment law, corporate governance
Holland & Knight LLP
Intellectual Property
Law Office of Ellen Eisenlohr Dorn
Probate & Trust Administration; Charitable Gift Planning; Nonprofit Organizations
Jackson Walker LLP
Health Care
Polunsky Beitel Green
Mortgage Law
Castaneda + Heidelman, LLP
Internal Investigations, Dispute Resolution, Regulatory Compliance
Law Offices of William J. Dunleavy, P.C.
Personal Injury, Employment
Contractor Integrity Solutions LLC
Government contracts, healthcare
Christopher J. Everett, PC
probate
Oncor Electric Delivery
Real Estate Transactions
Board Certified, Labor & Empl. Law (TBLS)
Cambridge Holdings
Real Estate
Law Office of Brian T. Gaddy
Commercial Litigation
Andrews Kurth Kenyon
Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions
Holland & Knight
Employee Benefits
Hagan Law Group LLC
Law Office of Christopher P. Hamm, PLLC
Probate, Guardianship, Estate Planning, Family Law and Mediation
University of Dallas
Civil Rights
The Hartnett Law Firm
Estate and Trust Litigation
Pesek & Helms, LLP
O’Neil Wysocki, PC
Family Law
Dallas Diocesan Tribunal
Canon Law: Tribunal Procedure; Eastern Rite Canon Law
Intellectual Property, Data Privacy
Barnes & Thornburg
Civil Trial
Jones Day
Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration law
Attorney at Law
Probate; Wills and Powers of Attorney
Jackson Walker
Healthcare
Kastl Law, P.C.
Personal Injury Trial Law
Name Organization Legal Specialty
Haynes & Boone, LLP
Intellectual Property
Michael A. Koenecke, Attorney & Counselor
Estate Planning; Probate
Curnutt & Hafer LLP
Litigation
University of Dallas
Locke Lord
Litigation
Higier Allen & Lautin, PC
Commercial Real Estate/Lending
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Law, Securities Law
Weil Gotshal & Manges
Private Equity M&A
John J. Little Law, PLLC
Business Litigation; Probate & Trust Litigation
Foley & Lardner LLP
Commercial Litgation, Class Actions
Litigation
Lopez Freshwater PLLC
Immigration
Lewis Brisbois
Labor & Employment
Manigrasso Law Firm PLLC
Tax, criminal
Law Office of Richard Mazzio LLC.
Immigration
Patrick J McLain, Judge Advocate and Attorney at Law, PC
federal criminal defense, Texas criminal defense, military law
Holland & Knight LLP
Tax Controversies
John V. McShane PC
Family Law; Criminal Defense; Collaborative Law
Shupe Ventura, PLLC
Morgan Buildings & Spas
Hunton & Williams
Real Estate; Finance
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Intellectual Property
Gainsco, Inc.
In house counsel; corporate; securities
366th District Court, Collin County
Fifth District Court of Appeals
Appellate Law
University of Dallas
PhD in history of political/ecclesiastical thought
Pena Arbitration & Mediation Group
Labor & Employment; Litigation; ADR
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Commercial Real Estate
Municipal Court Judge
Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Mergers and Acquisitions
Holland & Knight, LLP
Civil Trial
UNT Dallas | College of Law
Hilgers Graben PLLC
Litigator and counselor on business and constitutional issues
RegitzMauck PLLC
Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity
Retired
General
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Securities Litigation
Law Offices of Romero | Kozub
White Collar Defense, Securites Enforcement & Regulation
Law Office of John Roper, PLLC
Construction & Real Estate Litigation
Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons, L.L.P.
Civil Appellate, Insurance Litigation
Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Commercial Real Estate
The Marketing Arm
Corporate Law
SMU Dedman School of Law
Holland & Knight LLP
Commercial Litigation
Commercial Law
SHEETZ LAW FIRM
Criminal Law – Federal and State – White Collar Defense
Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC
Criminal Defense
Construction Law
Partners for Ethical Care
Corporate, Technology, Copyright
Name Organization Legal Specialty
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
City of Arlington City Attorney’s Office
Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton PLLC
Real Estate
retired
real estate, M&A
Sullivan & Holston
estate planning – business law
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Commercial Litigation/Business Divorce
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
Contracts, Government/Administrative, Health Care
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Finance and Restructuring
SMU Dedman School of Law
Intellectual Property
Law Office of Jeff Turner
Estate Planning; Probate
Scheef & Stone
Business and Construction Litigation
SMU Dedman School of Law
Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP
Insurance Defense Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Harness, Dickey & Pierce
Intellectual Property
The White Law Firm
Family, Civil Litigation, Estate and Probate
Nokia
Intellectual Property
Locke Lord LLP
Financial Services Litigation

HISTORY OF RED MASS

The Society sponsors the annual Red Mass to invoke divine guidance and strength during the coming term of the Court.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, It's All About the Money and Not the Rule of Law nor Judicial Ethics and Temperament

It is celebrated in honor of the Holy Spirit as the source of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and fortitude, gifts that shine forth preeminently in the dispensing of justice in the courtroom as well as in the individual lawyer’s office. It also offers prayers for all men and women in the legal profession, judiciary, and public life, asking that they be blessed with wisdom and understanding. We welcome all members of the legal profession at the Red Mass, regardless of religious affiliation.

The first recorded Red Mass was celebrated in Paris in 1245. In France, the inauguration of the judicial year was celebrated annually at the famous Sainte-Chapelle. Although the chapel was desecrated during the French Revolution, it was restored by Louis Phillipe and dedicated exclusively to the use of the “Messe Rouge.” In 1906, the Parliament secularized the chapel, and the French celebration transferred to Saint-Germaine-l’Auzerrois. The Red Mass has also been traditionally identified with the opening of the Sacred Roman Rota, the supreme judicial body of the Catholic Church.

In England, the tradition of the Red Mass began around 1310, during the reign of Edward I. The Mass was offered at Westminster Abbey at the opening of the Michaelmas term (September 29th). It received its name from the fact that the celebrant was vested in red and the Lord High justices were robed in scarlet. They were joined by the university professors who displayed red in their academic gowns. Today, the Catholic judges assemble at the Westminster Cathedral for the celebration of the Red Mass, and a short distance away in ancient Westminster Abbey, the non-Catholic jurists attend religious worship.

The inauguration of the Red Mass in the United States occurred in New York City on October 6, 1928 at Old St. Andrew’s. Now, several cities celebrate the Mass each year. In Washington, D.C., members of the Supreme Court, the President, and members of Congress often attend the Red Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In the United States, not only Catholic, but also Protestant and Jewish members of the judiciary and legal profession, attend the mass.

DIOCESE OF DALLAS RED MASS HONOREES

Vincent Hess, Counsel at Locke Lorde, Specializing in Finchin' Homes Illegally and Evicting Texas Families from Homes

During its history, the Society has been honored to present awards to those who exemplify the ideals of service and sacrifice in the pursuit of justice so conspicuously reflected in the life and death of St. Thomas More.

They are:

2019 The Hon. Amul Thapar, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

2018 The Hon. Amy Coney Barrett, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

2017 Gerard V. Bradley, J.D., Law Professor, University of Notre Dame

2016 Richard Thompson, Thomas More Law Center

2015 The Hon. Michael J. O’Neill, Fifth District Court of Appeals, Retired

2014 The Hon. Kerry FitzGerald, Fifth District Court of Appeals

2013 Frank Finn, Esq.

2012 Analeslie Muncy, Esq.

2011 The Hon. Jane Boyle, Federal District Court, N.D. Texas

2010 The Hon. Leslie Southwick, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

2009 Gerard Wegemer, Ph.D., University of Dallas Center for Thomas More Studies

2008 Most Rev. José H. Gomez, S.T.D., Archbishop of San Antonio

2007 Greg Abbott, Texas Attorney General

2006 Judge Edith Brown Clement, 5th Cir.

2005 Bowie Kuhn, Esq.†

2004 Henry Hyde†, U.S. House of Rep., 6th Dist. Ill.

2003 Rev. Paul Weinberger, KHS, Diocese of Dallas

2002 Avery Cardinal Dulles,† S.J., Fordam University

2001 Judge Robert C. McGuire, Chief Bankr. Judge, N. Dist. of Texas

2000 Prof. Robert P. George, J.D., D.Phil., Dept. Philosophy, Princeton University

1999 Hal F. Tehan, Esq.

1998 Rev. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

1997 Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Archdiocese of Denver

1995 Justice Joseph R. Nolan,† Mass. Supreme Court

1993 Judge Reynaldo Garza†, 5th Cir.

1991 Justice Raul Gonzales, Texas Supreme Court

1990 Justice Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court

1989 Tom Unis, Esq.†

Trump’s pick is a member of a ‘covenant community’ that faces claims of a ‘highly authoritarian’ structure

Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court, to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has drawn attention to a secretive Catholic “covenant community” called People of Praise that counts Barrett as a member and faces claims of adhering to a “highly authoritarian” structure.

The 48-year-old appellate court judge has said she is a “faithful Catholic” but that her religious beliefs would not “bear in the discharge of my duties as a judge”.

At the same time, the Louisiana native and Notre Dame Law graduate, a favorite among Trump’s evangelical Christian base, has said legal careers ought not to be seen as means of gaining satisfaction, prestige or money, but rather “as a means to the end of serving God”.

Interviews with experts who have studied charismatic Christian groups such as People of Praise, and with former members of the group, plus a review of the group’s own literature, reveal an organization that appears to dominate some members’ everyday lives, in which so-called “heads” – or spiritual advisers – make big life decisions, and in which members are expected to financially support one another.

Married women – such as Barrett – count their husbands as their “heads” and all members are expected to donate 5% of their income to the organization.

Some conservative and progressive activists have said any discussion of Barrett’s faith is inappropriate in the context of a Senate confirmation to assess her judicial qualifications, and potentially reflects anti-Catholic bigotry.

Other Catholic writers have said it is fair to scrutinize People of Praise because the group falls far outside mainstream Catholicism.

Barrett has not publicly discussed her affiliation but her connection was reported in multiple media accounts at the time of her confirmation to an appellate court in 2017.

Her picture appears in a May 2006 edition of People of Praise’s magazine, which documents her participation in a Leaders’ Conference for Women. Her father and her husband, Jesse Barrett, are also known members.

The group emerged out of the Catholic charismatic movement of the late 1960s, which blended Catholicism and Protestant Pentecostalism – Catholics and Protestants are both members – and adopted practices like speaking in tongues. The group’s literature shows communal living is also encouraged, at least among unmarried members, as is the sharing of finances between households.

A July 2007 “our money our selves” edition of People of Praise’s Vine & Branch magazine included an article about a 17-member group of women described as “single for the Lord” and living together in South Bend, Indiana. The women shared a “sisterhood budget”, which involved them pooling their paychecks while a “head of the sisterhood” determined, with the sisters’ input, how the money was spent.

“If one of us has a need, we’ll pay for it,” one woman named Debbie was quoted as saying. “But we also work hard to distinguish between our needs and our wants.”

The “sisterhood” is described as living “simply, frugally, and generously”, with about $36 put aside per week per person for food and dry goods and $10 for pocket money to buy “Slurpees and movie tickets”. They buy clothes at thrift stores and garage sales and 10% of their income is directed to People of Praise.

The article quotes a head sister named Nano as saying: “If each of us had her own money, it would change everything. Just as we would have our own shelf in the refrigerator, so we would probably partition off other parts of our lives and be more guarded in certain areas. Having money in common moves you to put everything in common.”

Whether People of Praise rises to the level of cult, I am not in a position to make that judgment

Adrian Reimers, a former member turned critic of the group, described in a book available online called Not Reliable Guides his “grave concern” about how the life of People of Praise members were “not his or her own” and how “all one’s decisions and dealings become the concern of one’s head, and in turn potentially become known to the leadership”.

Reached by the Guardian, Reimers said he did not want to discuss the matter further.

Writing for Politico, Massimo Faggioli, a historian and theologian at Villanova University, said there were “tensions” between serving as a supreme court justice, one of the final interpreters of the US constitution, and swearing an oath to an organization he said “lacks transparency and visible structures of authority that are accountable to their members, to the Roman Catholic church, and to the wider public”.

“A lot of what goes on in People of Praise is not that different than what goes on in a lot of rightwing or conservative Catholic circles,” said Heidi Schlumpf, executive editor for National Catholic Reporter, which reports on the church.

“Whether People of Praise rises to the level of cult, I am not in a position to make that judgment. But there is a level of secrecy that was concerning, and there was a level of reports by people who left the organization of authoritarianism that [is] concerning as well.”

‘Neither an oath nor a vow’

People of Praise is headed by an all-male board of governors described as its “highest authority”.

On its website, the group, which was founded in South Bend in 1971 and has 1,700 members, describes itself as a community that “shares our lives together” and “support each other financially and materially and spiritually”.

“Our covenant is neither an oath nor a vow, but it is an important personal commitment,” the website says. “We teach that People of Praise members should always follow their consciences, as formed by the light of reason, and by the experience and the teachings of their churches.”

A spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment about allegations of authoritarian structure or why the group has been described as a cult by some former followers. The spokesman directed the Guardian to the website and said he was being inundated with media requests from all over the world.

Financial records previously submitted to Congress show Barrett served as a trustee for the Trinity School at Greenlawn, a private Catholic school affiliated with People of Praise, from 2015 to 2017. A parent handbook describes the school’s commitment to the establishment of “Christian relationships” that adhere to “scripture and Christian tradition”.

“We understand marriage to be a legal and committed relationship between a man and a woman and believe that the only proper place for sexual activity is within these bounds of conjugal love,” the handbook says, emphasizing that any sex outside of marriage – whether gay or straight – is not in keeping with “God’s plan for human sexuality”.

Students who experience same-sex attraction, the handbook says, ought not to “prematurely interpret any emotional experience as identity-defining”.

“We believe that such self-identification at a young age can lead to students being labeled based solely upon sexuality, generate distraction, create confusion, and prevent students from experiencing true freedom within the culture of the school,” the handbook says.

While the school’s objection to gay marriage and attraction is in line with mainstream Catholic teaching, the handbook also actively discourages teenage students from forming “exclusive relationships”, and asks them not to “be exclusive or give evidence of their dating relationships while at school”.

While the handbook does not describe its objection to such relationships, one expert who asked not to be named, because they had already received online abuse for speaking critically about People of Praise, said it revealed the importance the group put on the concept of community, rather than individual relationships.

“It’s typical of these charismatic communities that friendship is seen as a danger to the community,” the person said. “That’s normal.”

Teachers who apply for jobs at any schools affiliated with People of Praise are told, according to an online application, that they need to adhere to a “basic code of Christian conduct”.

‘A grave violation of religious freedom’

Democrats will likely be most concerned about Barrett’s views on abortion and the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that extended health insurance to millions of Americans.

In 2012, as a professor at Notre Dame, Barrett signed a letter attacking a provision of the ACA that forced insurance companies to offer coverage for contraception, a facet of the law later modified for religious institutions. The adjustment forced insurance companies – not employers – to alert employees to contraception and abortion drugs that were available under the insurance plan.

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The letter Barrett signed said: “The simple fact is that the Obama administration is compelling religious people and institutions who are employers to purchase a health insurance contract that provides abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization. This is a grave violation of religious freedom and cannot stand.”

If she is confirmed before the November election, one of Barrett’s first cases could determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

LIT Has the Data, Mark Cronenwett Steals Homes Unlawfully

Suzannah Cronenwett

Director of Community Engagement at Great Hearts Academies
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Campaign Leadership Team for "Giving" includes Mark Cronenwett - He's An Expert at Illegal Takings - Real Property

Home Builder or Remodelin’ Issues Mark?

On 12/31/2021 SUZANNAH CRONENWETT, MARK CRONENWETT filed a Contract – Debt Collection lawsuit against JAMES ST JOHN dba FWD BUILDERS. This case was filed in Dallas County Texas Courts, Dallas County Texas Courts At Law located in Dallas, Texas.

The Foreclosure Wolf of Texas is Back in SDTX With a Whip Ready for the Non-Responsive Whipples

Mark Cronenwett, the foreclosure mill lawyer from Mackie Wolf, who is on auto-dial from federal courts to file attorney fees, returns again.

Unpublished Foreclosure Opinion – What About Cronenwett’s $20k Post Judgment Attorney Fees Award Fifth Circuit?

It appears the homeowners’ attorney, an IP attorney, did not contest the $20k in attorney fees by Mark Cronenwett of Mackie Wolf on appeal.

Do Catholic Knights Follow and Apply Their Own Commandments as Federal Judges in Judicial Orders and Opinions?

The shame for new law clerks today is they are entering a very corrupt judiciary who delegate a substantial amount of case opinion writing to these clerks. These judges train them in the art of how to write a manipulated opinion for the judges’ preferred party, not necessarily the party who should obtain judgment in their favor.

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