LOS ANGELES (ChurchMilitant.com) - 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."
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.— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) March 26, 2013
Cardinal Roger Mahony, former archbishop of Los Angeles, started the REC in 1968. He 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 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.