I am going to be very brief with this post, because it’s almost Christmas and I’d like to think about more enlightening things. But I need to inform the faithful about what Abby Johnson just proudly declared on Twitter in front of the whole world. I suppose this has been a long time coming.
For ten years now, Abby Johnson has had a career based on telling the story of her alleged conversion, from a post-abortive woman working at a Planned Parenthood to becoming a repentant and obedient Catholic mom of eight. Abby was, famously, brought into the Catholic Church by Father Frank Pavone. She is now a prolific speaker; she charges, according to Speakerpedia, between ten and twenty thousand dollars per appearance to speak about Planned Parenthood and how she converted to being a faithful Catholic. The film based on her autobiography garnered $21.1 million at the box office and it’s still being shown at pro-life church get togethers from time to time.
Lately, Johnson has been engaged in spreading conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 shots and condemning the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; she thinks they are remiss in reminding the faithful that the Church’s teaching on remote material cooperation allows Catholics to get vaccines even if they might have used embryonic cells at some point in the research and development. I refer you to Father Matthew Schneider for an excellent breakdown of the Church’s teaching on material cooperation there, in case there’s any question.
People have been dismayed at Johnson’s insistence on going against Catholic teaching, even when repeatedly called out. Truth be told, some of us have been dismayed with her for a very long time. I am publicly on the record as being one of them.
Now, Abby has come right out in the open. She’s not making a mistake but publicly and deliberately setting herself against the teaching of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
A priest on Twitter wondered aloud whether people like Abby honestly didn’t understand the teaching of the Church, or were outright rejecting it. To which Abby readily, publicly and proudly responded in one word: “Rejecting.”
I thank my friend Melinda Ribnek for that screenshot, but you can see the conversation for yourself here. It’s been public since yesterday night, so it’s not as though she thought the better of it and clarified her statement.
Abby Johnson is a Catholic convert. When she converted to Catholicism, she professed ““I believe and profess all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, teaches and proclaims to be revealed by God.” And she has been making bank ever since, based on that conversion story. Churches and other Catholic venues have shelled out enormous amounts to tell her story and screen her movie for the edification of the faithful.
Abby Johnson has now declared, right here in public, that she rejects Catholic teaching and substitutes her own instead.
Please spread the word of her apostasy before she bilks another Catholic venue. It’s time for this grift to be shut down.
Image via Wikimedia Commons.
Mary Pezzulo is the author of Meditations on the Way of the Cross.
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