Pro-Abort Catholic Maria Shriver to Open LA Religious Ed Congress

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by Alexander Slavsky  •  •  February 28, 2018   

Shriver supports abortion, contraception, gay marriage, women priests

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LOS ANGELES ( - The wife of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is slated to speak the first day of the 2018 Religious Education Congress (REC). 

Maria Shriver will be a holding a "Conversation with Maria Shriver." The REC is hosted by the archdiocese of Los Angeles under Abp. Jose Gomez. Shriver is a member of the Kennedy family through her mother, the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, whose brothers included President John F. Kennedy and senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. 

Shriver supports abortion, "gay" marriage, birth control, Holy Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, and women's "ordination." In 2008, she considered herself a "cafeteria Catholic" in an interview with The Washington Post. She justified her support for abortion: 

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.

She co-authored a letter with pro-women's "ordination" supporter Sr. Joan Chittister to Pope Francis in 2015 before his visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families.

Both praised their vision of the 21st century Church and pleaded for mercy "to divorced Catholics who want to remarry in the Church and take Communion, without getting an annulment," "to gay couples who want to be married in the eyes of God, "to those who choose birth control over having another child they can't afford" and "to women who feel called to celebrate the Eucharist."   

Shriver spoke out against Proposition 8 in California, which made it illegal for same-sex couples to "marry" in 2008. "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."  
The bill passed but was overturned in 2013 by the courts. Shriver tweeted her support at the time: "Big day for love. Big day for marriage equality. I do believe that everyone deserves to say 'I do' to whomever they choose. Yes, I do."

Cardinal Roger Mahony was released in 2013 from all administrative and public duties in the archdiocese of Los Angeles by Gomez, following claims he failed to protect young people from sexually abusive priests between 1985 and 2011. 

Mahony, considered by liberals to be a "leader in justice for farmworkers, immigrants and other victims of economic justice," is scheduled to speak at this year's REC.  

The Congress started in 1956 as an institute for religious education teachers but has since expanded to include people from all vocations and different faiths. The event hosts nearly 200 speakers, more than 300 workshops, 14 different liturgies and book and CD signings. 

Taking control over the REC in 2011, Gomez has allowed dissident speakers who normalize homosexuality, gender ideology and transgenderism while disregarding Church teaching. The Congress continues liturgical abuses, including liturgical dancing. 

This year's speakers include celebrity Jesuit Fr. James Martin, Fr. Bryan Massingale and Arthur Fitzmaurice. Martin is best known for his attempts to normalize homosexuality. He has said chastity is not required of homosexuals, Catholics should "reverence" gay "marriage," "transgender" children should be able to register for religious education under their preferred sex and people who have left the gay lifestyle do not live an "integrated life." 
Last year, Massingale distorted Church teaching on Catholic morality at the REC, using passages from the Pope's exhortation on marriage and family life, Amoris Laetitia, to support his claim that Catholics are duty-bound to "do the best they can, even if it goes against Church teaching." He has rejected Church teaching that God created us male and female and claimed that the Church can support transgenders' "true gender identities."
 Taking control over the Congress in 2011, Gomez has allowed dissident speakers who normalize homosexuality, gender ideology and transgenderism while disregarding Church teaching.
Fitzmaurice also supports transgenderism, distinguishing between sex, gender, expression and orientation at last year's Congress. He also brought in a panel of people suffering with gender dysphoria, normalized their illness and praised their subversion of Catholic teaching. At the REC in 2015, he rejected Church teaching on homosexuality, referring to the Catechism's language as "abusive" and "gravely evil." 
However, despite Shriver's dissent from Church teaching on abortion, marriage, contraception, the Eucharist and ordination, Shriver considers herself a "Catholic in good standing." 


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