Controversial Episcopal seminary dean Katherine Hancock Ragsdale to step down

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Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, Cambridge, MA, 2012. Photo courtesy of Episcopal Divinity School

Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, Cambridge, MA, 2012. Photo courtesy of Episcopal Divinity School

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(RNS) Dean Katherine Hancock Ragsdale has been outspoken in her support of abortion rights, earning the title of "the high priestess of abortion" from critics.


  • I am sorry to hear about Ragsdale’s departure from EDS. I greatly admired her work as head of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, on whose board I served for many years. She inspired many of us who labored for women’s religious freedom and rights of conscience. Best of luck to her in future.

    Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty (

  • Jennifer P

    I wish Ragsdale a long and happy retirement in good health. Unfortunately, she has done a lot of damage to the Episcopal Church. Her rejection (along with many others) of Biblical Teachings on numerous issues has malformed many people and hurt them. She certainly has the blood of innocents on her hands for her unbridled support of killing children in the cradle of the womb.

  • Ben Davidson

    That someone like Ragsdale was dean of one of the Episcopal Church’s flagship seminaries really shows what an utterly apostate group it is.

  • charlie heb

    Episcopalians: Diligently working to dismantle the church.

    Her appointment was not a surprise. Her departure is. And with so much destruction yet to do!

  • Alana

    The “Very Reverend” has done great damage to Christianity. Her selfish ways of giving in to the flesh (lesbian and pro-abortion) seems to be at odds with everything altruistic Christianity stands for.
    I wish her well but suspect she is her own worst enemy.

  • Carolyn George

    Yeah, the killing of innocent unborn babies is such a thing to be proud of!