Scaraffia told the AP that the decision was taken after the new editor of L'Osservatore, Mr. Andrea Monda, told her earlier this year he would take over as editor.
She said he reconsidered after the editorial board threatened to resign and the Catholic weeklies that distribute translations of "Women Church World" in France, Spain, and Latin America told her they would stop distributing.
"After the attempts to put us under control, came the indirect attempts to delegitimze us," she said, citing other women brought in to write for L'Osservatore "with an editorial line opposed to ours."
There was no immediate comment Tuesday from the Vatican. Ms. Scaraffia launched the monthly insert in 2012 and oversaw its growth into a stand-alone Vatican magazine as a voice for women, by women, and about issues of interest to the entire Catholic Church.
"Women Church World" had enjoyed editorial independence from L'Osservatore, even while being published under its auspices.
In the final editorial the editorial board said the "conditions no longer exist" to continue working with L'Osservatore, citing its initiatives with other women contributors.
"They are returning to the practice of selecting women who ensure obedience," the editorial read. "They are returning to clerical self-reference and are giving up that 'parresia' (freedom to speak freely) that Pope Francis so often seeks." More