One of the problems I have had with Kate Kelly is that she presented herself as a believing LDS person, but then, on closer examination, proved to be rather a different kind of Mormon. I'm OK with her idiosyncratic faith, and I can't cast aspersions on anyone for their unorthodoxy, but the problem with Kate's unorthodoxy is that, wedded with her iconic leadership role in Ordain Women, it has proven to be something of a liability for the other participants in OW. After all, other participants in OW were and remain quite a bit more orthodox than Kelly. Kristy Money is a good example. Anyone who wants a taste of her perspective can listen to her three-part Mormon Stories interview.
It was inevitable that someone would jump on odd press from the life of Kate Kelly to make a specious case against Ordain Women and those who are sympathetic to the OW cause. Recently, Kate Kelly participated in the ordination of a woman to the Catholic priesthood.
Dr. Peterson does not disappoint:
DCP wrote:This sort of thing, in my judgment, should strengthen the suspicion of many orthodox members in the pews that partisans of the women’s ordination movements in Mormonism and Catholicism don’t really believe in cardinal principles of the faiths in which they seek ordination. It suggests, yet again, that they’re not merely seeking incremental reform of their traditions but creating, wholesale, some kind of new religion or religions of their own.
It is specious reasoning to use the rather idiosyncratic excommunicant Kate Kelly to cast suspicion on all women associated with the Ordain Women movement or other LDS women who want the priesthood, but this is precisely with DCP does here. Peterson takes this one example as an invitation to "strengthen suspicion" that LDS women who desire ordination in the priesthood "don't really believe in the cardinal principles of the faiths in which they seek ordination."
Of course, this is pure nonsense. Kate Kelly does not represent all women who want ordination to the LDS priesthood. Very rare is the LDS woman who would express her desire for female ordination in Mormonism by ordaining a non-LDS woman to the Catholic priesthood. I would say this is definitely good evidence that Kate Kelly is a universalist--something she has expressed publicly on more than one occasion. In that, she is probably not representative of most LDS women seeking priesthood ordination.
How do I know? Because these are LDS women. Most of them remain LDS because they believe in Mormonism and its claims to being the one true church with efficacious priesthood conferred by divine beings. Ordaining a woman to the Catholic priesthood would probably be one of the last things any one of these LDS women would contemplate doing.
One bit of DCP's post deserves a little closer examination:
DCP wrote:It suggests, yet again, that they’re not merely seeking incremental reform of their traditions but creating, wholesale, some kind of new religion or religions of their own.
Anyone who is conversant in Mormon history knows that women's roles in the authorized use of spiritual gifts have contracted over time. The movement of LDS women seeking ordination to the priesthood is informed by this well-documented history. It is informed by the actual history of the founding of the Relief Society. Ordain Women, in particular, sought the priesthood by asking the prophet to seek revelation in a gesture that was reminiscent of Emma asking Joseph to pray about the issues that led to the revelation we know as the Word of Wisdom. In other words, this movement is informed by the Mormon religion's own history and it has thus far, on the whole, behaved in a way that is entirely consonant with that religion.
It is misleading to say that Kate Kelly, ex-communicated Mormon and former leader of OW, is representative of the behavior of the rest of the women in the OW movement. Kate may now embrace a different religion. She may have been unorthodox for some time. But her actions do not really reflect on OW.