Author and Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Charity Parish, Margaret Mary O’Connor, nods in agreement when podcast hosts ask her if she is the “modern-day David ready to slay Goliath,” with her newly released book, Scandal in the Shadows, The Original Priest, Mother Mary Quiet and humble by nature, the author has made it her mission to reveal the truth of Your Catholic Church.
After years of research, Ms O’Connor has painstakingly chronicled the oppression of women priests, dating back centuries. “Do you consider yourself to be the modern-day David?” asks hosts near and far.
With no hesitation, in a tone that would be approved in any church setting, she smiles and says, “Absolutely!”
Margaret Mary O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University At Buffalo (NY), and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, NY. She is a former Chaplain and is currently a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Charity Parish where, ironically, the Church windows depict the Vatican II Council.
One window represents the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World,” which includes an article that speaks directly to ending sexual discrimination of all kinds in our Church.
O’Connor literally “walks the walk” on picket lines to help keep this issue of Women’s Ordination in the forefront of Catholics’ minds. She also pickets for Church accountability on the priest sexual-abuse issue.
As a fellow member of the Laity, herself, she believes any Catholic, deserves at minimal at least the truth from Rome, as opposed to the continual outright deception they are receiving.
She also is a member of Call to Action, Future Church, Roman Catholic Women Priests, the Women’s Ordination Conference, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), Preservation Buffalo Niagara and Western New York Land Conservancy and Buffalo Central Terminal.