In September 2019, Archbishop Gregory offered a funeral Mass for the outspoken pro-abortion journalist, Cokie Roberts. Gregory praised Roberts in his homily, calling her an “extraordinary, professional servant of truth” who “believed in God’s word…accepted it and fashioned her life around that word.” Throughout her career, Roberts ridiculed pro-life advocates and referred to them as “extremists.” Recently, Roberts had stated that the federal ban on partial-birth abortions was “off the track.”