Ordain Women says LDS First Presidency denied founder’s excommunication appeal

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SALT LAKE CITY — The group Ordain Women said the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had denied an appeal of founder Kate Kelly’s excommunication.

The announcement was made in a post on Ordain Women’s website early Saturday.

“I am disappointed in the outcome, but not surprised since the disciplinary process has been entirely opaque and inequitable from the get-go,” Kelly said in a statement posted on the website. “Fortunately, men do not control my happiness, nor do they control my connection to God. I am proud of what I have done. I am proud of the women and men who have taken a stand with me in this struggle for gender justice. We will continue to act with integrity and courage. Mormon women and their legitimate concerns cannot be swept under the rug or summarily dismissed by one ‘Court of Love.'”

Kelly, one of the founders of Ordain Women, was excommunicated from the LDS Church last year for “apostasy.” Her group has pushed for women in the Mormon faith to have the priesthood. Kelly and supporters have tried to sit in the men’s priesthood session at LDS General Conference, as well as been outspoken proponents of women’s ordination.

Most recently, “Mormon Stories” podcaster John Dehlin was excommunicated by the LDS Church for apostasy. He has said it stems from his support of same-sex marriage and women’s ordination.

33 comments

  • bob

    Why can’t people just mind their own business? She obviously doesn’t believe in the basic premise of the Mormon church, so what’s the point of hassling them?

    “Opaque and inequitable” is defined as “didn’t do what she wanted them to do.”

    Your 15 minutes is over. Go away.

  • ANOTHERBOB

    ANOTHERBOB
    DAVID WHITTINGTON The Good Shepherd knows his sheep and they come at His call. Families who have a specific child who is always in trouble sometimes refer to them as ” the black sheep of the family”.
    It is one thing to question and quite another to rebel.

  • ANOTHERBOB

    DAVID WHITTINGTON – Yes, in any organization people that rebel are asked to leave. Kinda like removing the rotten apple so the rest don’t spoil. I rather suspect that you understand the concept.

  • ANOTHERBOB

    The good news is that Kate Kelly is free to start her own church and ordain as many women as she wants. Based on his interest she may even want to ordain David Whittington a bishop.

    • David Whittington

      I don’t want to just be a Bishop. I want to start my OWN church and name myself President – just like Jim Jones and Marshall Applewhite and David Koresh and L. Ron Hubbard and a certain charismatic 19th Century guy with piercing blue eyes who performed certain magic ‘translation’ tricks that fooled six local farmers. By naming myself President, I get free money from my ‘flock’ and I also get all the female companionship I can handle – just like all the men listed above. Please refer to me as ‘President Whittington’ in the future. Thank you.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        By all means start your own church. Only question is whether members of your flock will accept a president who lives an alternate lifestyle? You can get DDD to be your vice president in charge of local affairs.

      • Meeksy

        I’m sorry but that’s just not socially acceptable. If you don’t believe our church is true then that’s totally fine. You have your own beliefs and I respect that. But to blatantly attack the founder of our church is not okay, especially when your comments are based on hateful rumors and common misconceptions. If you want to know what we actually believe you can go to lds.org. But don’t just blindly ridicule our church with no real basis for any of your comments.
        As a woman in the church I feel highly respected by the men. We have different roles in this life and I don’t feel like I’m discriminated against at all by not having the priesthood. Kate Kelly only wants to stay in the church to cause trouble, she clearly doesn’t believe in our leaders anymore. No one wants someone like that in the flock. If people agree with her instead of a prophet of God, then they have no reason to stay in this church. We are accepting of people’s doubts and questions about our doctrine. We encourage them to pray to God for help in understanding and accepting any doctrines they may not understand. It is only when they try to lead others away instead of seeking to understand for themselves that we feel we have to take action.

  • johnnygreen101

    Its interesting to watch how this church gets rid of people that question. Should we break out the list?

  • Wayne

    When I watch the news and I see all of the ‘women’ (with a few ‘men’) lined up wanting to get into the men’s conference, I wonder just how many of them are actually members of the LDS Church, or just a bunch of anti-Mormons that are there just to back her up and make it look more impressive.

  • THISISNOTNEWS

    What 1 person thinks is not a “movement”. This is yesterday’s news. Let’s move this along with yesterday’s newspaper, in the trash

  • BETHANN

    if you truly have a connection with God then you would know his intentions with the church and ordaining women is not one of them. if you are questioning the church then just leave and make your own.

  • Ron

    why is this news???? no one cares!!!! If she did not like how her church was then she could of left at anytime. I doubt anyone was making her stay.

  • Hilary Przystupa

    Look, I have no priesthood holders at home . It is separate from men and women but the mandate is given to men, I hope one reason is because the parallel track through life women walk is so important they would discover it exhausting having to wield the power of the Priesthood as well with all its concomitant responsibilities. If I need it, I pray. If I discover I need a blessing or anointing I phone my ward. I can hardly do that to myself. Prophets throughout biblical history have lost consciousness, or collapsed on occasion having come into contact with the power of God .Moses being a case in point. Joseph Smith certainly did. As women we should not be over reaching ourselves and wanting more! When the Lord closes a door as the saying goes, stop trying to hack your way through.

  • Tom

    Actually the problem is not a different opinion but that is an organized and focused attact. The post about sheep is just stupid – like a toddler who doesn’t get his way. We understand and feel everything. However we belive things are done by revelation. If you don’t believe that then why are even worried about being part of the church?

  • Elmer Jorgensen

    Her statements here demonstrate that her purpose is not reconciliation with the church or any indication of repentance. She is proud of what she has done, she is grateful for those who have stood by her —- For what purpose would the First Presidency grant her the audience she claims to have been denied. We haven’t heard from her in quite a while, and this seems to me evidence that she is seeking an additional fifteen minutes in the limelight.

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