Kate Kelly. Photo by Reuters
Prominent Mormon activist Kate Kelly has been
excommunicated by her church for violating its "laws and order"
after advocating for women's ordination, a view that leaders of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said amounted
Kelly in 2013 founded the group Ordain Women, which has
pushed for gender equality. A panel of three men held a
church disciplinary hearing for her on Sunday in Virginia,
where she lived until recently, and their verdict was
delivered by email.
"Our determination is that you be excommunicated for conduct
contrary to the laws and order of the Church," Kelly's former
ecclesiastical leader in Virginia, Bishop Mark Harrison, said
in the message.
"These conditions almost always last at least one year," it
said, adding that if she showed "true repentance" and gave up
teachings and actions that "undermine the Church, its
leaders, and the doctrine of the priesthood," she could be
Kelly, a former Washington human rights attorney, said the
decision had forced her out of her community and her
congregation and was exceptionally painful.
"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," Kelly said in a statement.