Mormons Expel 'Ordain Women' Founder
Kate Kelly excommunicated until she shows 'true repentance'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2014 1:33 AM CDT
Kate Kelly receives a hug from a supporter after walking to the Church Office Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

(Newser) – Mormon leaders have made good on their threat to inflict the church's harshest punishment on an activist who wanted women to become priests. Kate Kelly, a founder of the Ordain Women group, was found guilty of apostasy and excommunicated by church elders who found her guilty of launching an "aggressive effort to persuade other church members" that women should receive the priesthood, reports the Deseret News. Kelly, a human rights lawyer who lives in Utah, was told that she may be re-baptized and readmitted to the church after a year if she shows "true repentance."

"The decision to force me outside my congregation and community is exceptionally painful," Kelly said in a statement. "Today is a tragic day for my family and me as we process the many ways this will impact us, both in this life and in the eternities. I love the gospel and the courage of its people. Don't leave. Stay, and make things better." Kelly was expelled not for her belief that women should be priests, but for "engaging and advocating and then organizing others to act and speak contrary to the doctrines of the church," a professor of religious studies explains to the Guardian, which notes that this is the highest-profile Mormon excommunication since a group known as the "September Six" was forced out in 1993 for questioning church doctrine.

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Jun 25, 2014 10:32 PM CDT
The only thing preached from pulpits today is "DEATH!" - Listen to the next six sermons, and know that I am correct. - Who but disbelievers preach DEATH ? Jesus preached life!
Jun 24, 2014 4:53 PM CDT
Any woman that believes in the abrahmic religions and their origin story that women are made from disposable parts of men should expect to be treated like second class humans. Wake up idiots!
Jun 24, 2014 2:14 PM CDT
I have no desire to become another Billy Graham; he and others like him believe women can speak and preach in church. However, GOD SAYS, - "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. ---First Corinthians 14:34 "And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. " ---First Corinthians 14:35 - Why is it is a shame to preach from a pulpit of God while having their period? Two bloods: Jesus' blood and once every month their own blood. Think about it spiritually logically. - Jesus is in the in the pulpit right along with the preacher, and the preacher has to be clean from the world, though, unfortunately, some are not. - And I could not care less about anyone having a problem with this reply. It's for Christians only! Argue with God, not me. Intrude, and you are actually seeking Christianity for yourself. - P.S. I have absolutely nothing against anyone who preaches Jesus and Him Crucified. Jesus proved that you don't have to die, or could choose resurrection, in this life in this world if you loved your neighbor and believed, equaling the necessary righteousness!