Two Mormons Threatened with Excommunication

John Dehlin and Kate Kelly received disciplinary letters from the Church of Latter Day Saints for recent "controversial" actions.
2:05 | 06/13/14

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controversy inside the Mormon church. Officials threatening to expel two activists. One who is pushing for women priests. The other targeted for questioning church doctrine. Maura schiavocampo has the story. Reporter: It's a stunning move by the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day states. Trying to make itself more inclusive. An advertising campaign. A husband and a Mormon. Reporter: Within the past week, the church sent two letters, threatening disciplinary action. The first to John Dullen, known for his podcast and who creates forums for those questioning their faith. The second to Kate Kelly, founder of ordain women. A year of old organization dedicated to shining a spotlight on gender inequality within the Mormon faith. Kelly's letter comes nearly two months after she led hundreds of women in a March demonstration in Salt Lake City, asking to be admitted to a meeting reserved for members of the priesthood, which includes most male members of the church 12 and older. She says the threat of excommunication is devastating. They are trying to force me out of my faith. And it's excruciatingly painful. Reporter: Dullen believes the church is sending a terrible message to followers. You can't say we're a broad, diverse church. And be excommunicating people like it was the 1800s. Reporter: In a statement to ABC news, the church says, quote, when some members attempt to change clear church teachings to fit their personal preferences and encourage others to follow them, doctrine needs to be clarified so that others are not misled. Experts say the church's actions show where they will draw the line. The church has its limits about how far they're willing to go towards liberalization. Reporter: Dehlin and Kelly's hearings are next week. Dehlin says if he is excommunicated, he will continue his work. And members can return, if they choose to repent. Some story, Mara. Thank you. Now, for the world cup.

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