A political figure, abortion activist and journalist, Maria Shriver also claims to be a practicing Catholic.
And despite her opposition to many Catholic Church teachings, Shriver is slated to speak at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in March, California Catholic Daily reports.
Shriver, a journalist for NBC News and the former first lady of California, has not kept her beliefs private either.
According to the blog, in 2008, she told the Washington Post that she is “pro-choice” on abortion:
Even though I consider myself a Catholic in good standing, I disagree with a lot of the teachings of the Church. …. 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.
In a 2014 report for NBC, Shriver also fawned over Texas late-term abortion activist Wendy Davis, claiming, “Her personal story resonated across the nation.” Davis filibustered a bill to prohibit late-term abortions on pain-capable unborn babies in Texas.
Shriver’s beliefs contradict Catholic Church teachings about the sanctity of human life. The church teaches that every human life is valuable and deserving of protection from the moment of conception to natural death.
For her to receive such an invitation to speak, her fame must have been more important than her anti-Catholic positions.
The event comes on the heels of a Catholic bishop denying communion to pro-abortion Democrat Dick Durbin, a top Democrat in the Senate who has long supported and promoted abortion. Durbin joined other Democrats to block a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks.