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Professor loses seminary job after offering to fly women for abortions

Terminated for contradicting the Catholic Church

A professor who also has a pilot’s license is no longer teaching at a Catholic seminary after he offered to help women fly out of pro-life states to obtain abortions.

“If any women need to make an unexpected trip from the south to, say, Illinois or New Mexico or Virginia for reasons that are none of my business, I can provide safe, private air transport that would get you where you need to go and back the same day at a price that will work for you,” Greg Williams wrote on his Facebook last summer after the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Williams’ (pictured, with his wife) removal from his job at St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana has only been reported this week.

“Your Facebook post publicly and deliberately advocated a position contrary to the official teaching of the Catholic Church,” a letter, reviewed by The Guardian, reportedly stated. “The decision is to terminate your employment … effective immediately.”

The Guardian reported:

As an Episcopalian, Williams said, he wishes he lived in “a world where abortion isn’t needed any more” because he believes life begins at conception and therefore a terminated pregnancy is “a terrible tragedy.”

“But that’s just not the world we live in,” he added. “And my personal belief about abortion is, I’m not going to be in that position as a man, and there’s all kinds of stuff that might lead somebody to make that decision.”

He then blamed the college for his not being able to start a family with his wife.

“Having lost my job … I can’t afford it,” Williams said, although The Guardian says he had a new job. “You want to talk about pro-life? They’ve literally prevented me and my wife from starting a family,” the pilot who volunteered to fly women across the country to kill their preborn babies told the publication.

Employees are required to “act with the highest degree of integrity and moral standards that will reflect favorably on SJASC and consistent with the teachings of both the Order of St. Benedict and the Roman Catholic Church,” according to the school policy and Catholic News Agency.

The Catechism, which lists the teachings of the Catholic Church, explains how the abortion is viewed as a “moral evil.”

“Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion,” the Catechism states. “This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.”

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IMAGE: Photo provided to The Guardian

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.