Matt C. Abbott
Stephanie Lynn Klatt, RIP
By Matt C. Abbott
June 1, 2022

Catholic writer and pro-life activist Stephanie Lynn Klatt, 48, passed away unexpectedly on May 21. Stephanie was an acquaintance of mine when I lived in Chicago. I last had communication with her in 2017, just a few months before I moved to Wisconsin.

She was a good person and a devout Catholic. Her background was impressive. In addition to writing for and, Stephanie “taught English in Tsu, Japan; Rome, Italy and Ferrara, Italy,” according to her obituary.

“Stephanie returned to the Chicago area to work for the non-profit Aid for Women Pregnancy Care Centers and Residential Programs. While she was responsible for payroll, she also responded to calls from pregnant women. She counseled them to choose life over abortion.”

A 1996 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and “a junior board member with Catholic Charities,” Stephanie “was the beloved daughter of Lorraine and the late Norbert Klatt; loving sister of Paul, Mary Beth, John (Lynn), Doug (Wendy), Michael, Bryan, Leslie (Bernardo) Navia, Andrew and Peter; cherished aunt of John Jr., Joseph, James, Jacquelyn, Jason, Jacob, Vanessa, Elena, Lucia, Xaiver, Inti, Leaf, Rain and Juniper.”

Please pray for the repose of her soul and for her family. May she rest in the peace of Christ.


For he knows how we are formed,

remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like the grass;

he blossoms like a flower in the field.

A wind sweeps over it and it is gone;

its place knows it no more.

But the LORD’s mercy is from age to age,

toward those who fear him.

His salvation is for the children’s children

of those who keep his covenant,

and remember to carry out his precepts.

— ¬Psalm 103: 14-18

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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