Pro-Abortion Same-Sex Marriage Supporter Maria Shriver Featured Speaker at 2018 LA REC

2018-02-26T19:19:50+00:00February 26th, 2018|Blog, The Church|

On March 16, 2018, the opening day of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, journalist and former First Lady of California will be featured in a “Conversation with Maria Shriver.” Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty, is a life-long Catholic, but she has publicly departed from official Church teachings on several issues.

In 2008, Shriver was interviewed by “The Washington Post” about her Catholicism; Shriver referred to herself as a “cafeteria Catholic.” She said:

Even though I consider myself a Catholic in good standing, I disagree with a lot of the teachings of the Church. But I believe in the compassion and the justice of Jesus Christ; I believe in the social justice of the Catholic Church. But I don’t believe in, you know, that if someone’s divorced they shouldn’t get Communion. I don’t believe that people who are gay shouldn’t be accepted into the Church. There are a lot of things like that.

Concerning abortion Shriver said:

I’m pro-choice, I believe that a woman should have that right. I often talk to my daughters at my dinner table about the difference between pro-abortion versus pro-choice. I think a lot of people don’t make that distinction in life — they think everybody’s who’s pro-choice is like, ‘Yeah, let’s have an abortion.’ And I believe that choice should be left to a woman.

On the subject of same-sex marriage, during the contentious 2008 attempt to pass Proposition 8 in California, which prohibited same-sex couples from marrying in California, Shriver said she would vote against the ballot initiative:

I believe in people’s right to choose a partner that they love, and that’s a decision that I have come to, and I have felt that way for a long time.

In a statement from the California Catholic Conference, representing the Bishops of California, Catholics in the State were urged to support the passage of Proposition 8.

Proposition 8 was voted into law, but was later overturned in 2013; on that day, Shriver tweeted:

In 2015, Shriver co-authored a letter to Pope Francis, along with pro-women’s ordination advocate Sister Joan Chittister. They praised the Pope because “…you gave us hope when you said the Church has become too ‘obsessed’ with gay marriage, abortion, and contraception.” Shriver then cites a poll conducted by her own “Shriver Media” which found that the majority of Catholics perceive the Church as “out of touch and far to the right.” Shriver writes:

Fully 86% of them agree with you that, yes, the Church should be less “obsessed” with the culture wars and more focused on income inequality and the environment. But most of the Catholics we polled go even further — calling themselves “good Catholics” while holding positions that contradict Church doctrine. They insist one can be a good Catholic and use birth control (94%), be pro-choice (71%), get divorced (94%), have pre-marital sex (88%), or marry someone of the same sex (72%). Welcome to America! And while most of us agree with your call for a serious and more potent role for women in the Church, we Americans would do even more — a whopping 88% of us calling for women priests.

They continued:

You’ve proclaimed an upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy. Might that mercy ever be extended to divorced Catholics who want to remarry in the Church and take Communion, without getting an annulment? Might that mercy ever be extended to gay couples who want to be married in the eyes of God? Might that mercy be extended to those who choose birth control over having another child they can’t afford? Might that mercy be extended to women who feel called to celebrate the Eucharist?


  1. Frank February 26, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Just one more thing in this annual pagan fiasco.
    Moloch will be pleased that a “Catholic” conference is hosting an advocate of baby murder.
    The demonic dancing will be especially intense this year.
    God help them all.

  2. Vincent Fitzpatrick February 28, 2018 at 2:51 am

    What rejoicing there was among “orthodox” Catholics when Gomez was appointed! He could not be a more complete failure.

  3. Timothy Johnson March 2, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I would love to ask Shriver what would disqualify someone from being a “Catholic in Good standing”.

  4. RP McD March 2, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    One CANNOT be Catholic and pro-abortion. She’s very confused about Catholic Faith and as a result has excommunicated herself. A scandal emerges when a Catholic institution invites one such as Ms. Shriver to its functions because it gives the appearance of legitimacy to the one who holds beliefs contrary to Catholic Faith.
    Moreover, what’s really missing here is a rebuke from the Ordinary, both from her own diocese and the institution’s diocese.

  5. Mary Jane March 2, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Even though I consider myself a Catholic in good standing, I disagree with a lot of the teachings of the Church.

    These misguided people do so much to hurt the Church. Their definition of compassion is so misguided.

  6. Jimmy Chonga March 2, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    These “catholics” need to get the same treatment that Dick Durbin just received from the Arch-Bishop of his diocese. The faults these “catholics” are committing against Christ fall on the Bishops of the diocese in which they make a mockery of the Eucharist on a regular basis. I don’t think these modernists bishops understand the risks associated with their acceptance of the “PC” ways they’ve adopted .

  7. Timothy P Rookey March 2, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Maria Shriver is as far from being a Catholic as you can get! She should not be featured at any Catholic event. Her parents were true Catholics and about the only Kennedy clan members who adhered to the teachings of the Church. How far she has fallen from the true faith!

  8. Hammer March 2, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    It’s hard to imagine a person would claim to be a follower of Christ and yet be so adverse to His teachings. How hypocritical can one person be?

  9. Janice Brown March 3, 2018 at 12:06 am

    This is very sad for the children whose teachers will be attending this Conference. I’ve never able to understand how the LA Diocese could sponsor the list of speakers they have for this Conference. This has gone on for years and it just gets worse. What is the matter with Bishop Gomez? Has anyone reported this to the Pope?
    It was so refreshing to watch the Funeral for Billy Graham this morning. 5 children who all honored their Parents.. He and his wife never had a scandal touch them. His ministry was clean – never a hint of scandal. What an example for tthe World to see of a Christian marriage. What was also interesting were the attendees were mostly men. Men dressed like they were going to Church to worship God. (& also the women who attended)
    And to have that woman as a speaker! ‘cafeteria catholic’ she calls herself. Why is she permitted to speak at a Catholic Conference? No wonder everyone is so mixed up.

  10. Lois March 3, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Maria Shriver is not a “Catholic in good standing” if she clearly isn’t following church beliefs. Why the Archdiocese of Los Angeles would give her a forum to voice such beliefs is shocking to me. She should not be receiving Holy Communion with beliefs so strongly against what the Church stands for.

  11. Ken March 3, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Any surprise that a Kennedy supports things that are immoral?

  12. Nate de Norte March 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    The modernists Bishops job is to empty the Churches, so in their eyes they are great successes.

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