“Mary’s Pence” reportedly celebrated its 25th anniversary on the campus of Loyola University in Chicago April 28. Mary’s Pence describes itself as “a grassroots organization that directs donated resources to small women’s projects. Funding decisions are rooted in a Catholic tradition of social justice together with feminist values where all are welcome at the table.” In reality, however, Mary’s Pence is an organization whose work is often diametrically opposed to the Catholic Church and which awards grants to gay advocacy organizations and female ordination advocates. The organization’s name itself is, according to the National Catholic Reporter, a take-off on the church’s annual “Peter’s Pence” collection for the Vatican. In fact, keynote speaker and “founding mother” Edwina Gateley, reportedly recalled Mary’s Pence encouraging donors to put wooden nickels in the collection basket during the annual Peter’s Pence collection to indicate a donation was made to Mary’s Pence instead.
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