...Bill Barr is plugged into, and gets his marching orders from, a network of reactionary Catholics, whose tentacles reach into the highest echelons of power.
...That’s the impression you might take away from a new profile of the attorney general in The New Yorker.
...Along the way, writer David Rohde dwells on Barr's Catholic faith and worldview.
..."The center's board of directors remains a nexus of politically connected Catholics. Pat Cipollone and Barr have both served on the board, as has Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society."
...The Guardian in October mentioned Barr's connection to the CIC, which it said is "Staffed by priests from the secretive, ultra-orthodox Catholic sect Opus Dei." The same month, The Nation's Joan Walsh sounded the alarm about Barr's links to "Extremist Catholic institutions," while an article on the liberal Web site Alternet speculated that Barr may be an Opus Dei member.
...A typical "Evening of recollection" at Opus Dei involves a sermon delivered by one of its priests, followed by confession for anyone who wants it and then a talk given by a lay member and a period of adoration, finishing with prayers in front of the Blessed Sacrament - the body of Jesus in the form of consecrated bread, according to Catholic belief.
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