The National Catholic Reporter is at it again. This time, they’re profiling 12 Catholic women under 40 who are “making a difference.”
They write, “Here are 12 women our judges selected that you may not have heard of, but are making a difference in the church by the work they are doing.”
While many of these women seem like they’re doing wonderful work, the National Catholic Reporter included a pro-abortion rights/pro-gay marriage open lesbian legislator in the mix.
Here’s what they wrote:
Heather Mizeur, 39
Even at a young age, Heather Mizeur knew that she wanted to serve others. She now serves as a delegate representing the 20th legislative district in the Maryland General Assembly, a position she’s held since 2007.
She has a passion for service, connected to her love for Christ and the social justice teachings of the church. As a teenager, she was respected by elders and given leadership roles as a eucharistic minister and lector, chair of the Altar and Rosary Society, and member of the parish council. She keeps a commitment to the Catholic beliefs of love, peace and social justice.
As a delegate, she has helped extend health coverage to thousands of low-income women and children, amputees and young adults. She has been a leading proponent to repeal Maryland’s death penalty and improve transitions for the incarcerated. Mizeur, herself a lesbian, was a leader in the debate over same-sex marriage in Maryland. In March, the bill to legalize same-sex marriage passed. For four years Mizeur was the domestic policy director for Sen. John Kerry, during which time she was the principal architect of his 2004 presidential campaign’s health care reform agenda.
Media such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Nation and NPR have profiled her work.
“Build a church with open doors, not folded arms,” she says. “A church as enlightened as its Creator. A church whose greatest commandment is to love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Just for evidence sake, here she is in a news article espousing her beliefs on abortion and gay “marriage.”
What is your position on abortion?
I fully support a woman’s right to choice and reproductive freedom.
Should the Maryland constitution be changed to allow same-sex marriages?
I fully support the right of same-sex couples to marry. Maryland’s courts are currently reviewing the constitution to determine whether or not this right already exists. I would oppose any efforts to write discrimination into our constitution. This is a civil issue, not a religious issue. I do not support forcing churches to perform wedding ceremonies.
Unsurprisingly, Mizeur put this article from the National Catholic Reporter on her political website. Great work guys! Way to confuse Maryland Catholics even further.