Abortion Activist Quits Catholic Church, Walks Out of Mass Because New Priest is Pro-Life

God forbid a Catholic priest preaches what the Catholic Church teaches. But because of that, Mary Elizabeth Williams, a staff writer for Salon and self-proclaimed Catholic, doesn’t know how she can be Catholic anymore.

William’s parish got assigned a new priest who is outspokenly pro-life and for traditional marriage, she wrote in a July 29 piece. That’s not a surprise, as these beliefs are in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. But apparently this newfound information caused her to walk out of Mass. She agrees with a Catholicism that is “spirituality rooted in real world action, one that speaks out from the pulpit against greed and violence” and praised her parish for collecting food for the poor. But a priest teaching doctrine is “the other kind of Catholicism,” the bad kind.

She and her daughter “flinched when he spoke of ‘traditional’ marriage, which can ‘only be between a man and woman,’” she wrote. She knew the “Vatican’s official stance on marriage equality,” but preferred the previous priest who quoted Pope Francis’ unverified statement about gay marriage (“God makes us who we are and loves us as we are”).

The major thing that set her off and caused her to walk out was his position on abortion. She had to “figure out where my daughters and I fit in within a culture that is inhospitable to women,” she wrote. This “inhospitality has become intolerable,” she added, because the priest dared to quote Mother Teresa saying that “the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.”

She continued to write about why this is harmful to a woman, using a 2012 story of a pregnant teen with leukemia who, according to the CNN link she provided, “had been undergoing chemotherapy, died from complications of the disease.” But according to Williams, the teen was denied chemo because she was pregnant. Seems like she didn’t thoroughly read the link.

She doesn’t “expect any parish to contradict the church’s official stance on key issues,” however, she said a priest cannot “speak authoritatively on the motivations of women with regard to their own bodies” because he has “never faced that choice — or likely even spoken honestly with someone who has.”

Afterwards she had a talk with her 14-year-old daughter about “what to do when our personal beliefs don’t match up with what someone in authority says we should do.” It’s probably safe to say she will not be returning to Mass, claiming that “it’s not our beliefs that have changed; it’s our staffing.”

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2 comments on “Abortion Activist Quits Catholic Church, Walks Out of Mass Because New Priest is Pro-Life

  1. Thanks to and prayers for the unnamed priest who did his job regardless of the potential that arrows of evil may be slung at him. The cafeteria has been opened for far too long — too many guitars not much theology. Thanks, Father, for helping to close the door.

    Mary Elizabeth Williams has every right to practice her beliefs as well as publish her thoughts be they in conformance with the laws of God or not. Like it or not abortion and sodomy are intrinsically evil and as such they cry out to heaven for retribution. Abortion is murder and sodomite marriage, man+man or woman+woman, is impossible since marriage can only be between a man and a woman. Catholics who have reached the age of reason are responsible for all of their actions and thoughts. They are obliged to know their faith. It must be understood that one must live by the consequences of his/her thoughts and actions. God loves every human. The trouble is that humans in the state of unrepentant sin do not love God. If one is prideful enough to choose perdition, it is on you, so be it.

    Christ has instructed us telling His apostles, “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words: going forth out of that house or city shake off the dust from your feet. Amen I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. … he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

    The time has come for the touchy-feely catholicism to end. The preponderance of American bishops has demanded that this effete method of evangelization be used. Its yield has been stunning — giving the Church the likes of Uncle Ted McCarrick; Cardinals Wuerl, Cupich, Tobin, Farrell, Dolan, Maradiaga, O’Malley, DiNardo; and Bishops McElroy, Gumbleton, Weakland, Hubbard, Zubik to name only a few. The successors of the Apostles must teach, speak and live the Truth. Perhaps they no longer consider Psalm 14, Domine quis habitabit, relevant.


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