Really? Notre Dame Claims Board Member Didn’t Know Emily’s List Was Pro-Abortion, After Donating $30K To ItBy
Talk about digging a hole for yourself. This is what the office of the President at Notre Dame is sending in response to people asking about why Roxanne Martino was invited to sit on their board:
Ms. Martino (along with her husband, Rocco) is a Notre Dame graduate, and she is fully supportive of Church teaching on the sanctity of life.
She has through the years contributed to organizations that provide a wide range of important services and support to women. She did not realize, however, that several of these organizations also take a pro-choice position.
This is not her personal position, and she will now review all of her contributions to ensure that she does not again inadvertently support these kinds of activities in the future.
I’m glad that M(r)s. Martino is “fully supportive of Church teaching on the sanctity of life.” I am.
But the idea that EMILY’s List provides “a wide range of important services and support to women” is, to be blunt, baloney (and I don’t mean “baloney”).
Furthermore, the idea that Mrs. Martino has been donating to Emily’s List for twelve years – right up until last year – normally to the tune of $5,000 (the legal max amount, coincidentally, for designated donations to candidate campaigns – and Emily’s List ONLY endorses pro-abortion candidates) for a total of almost $30,000, without EVER realizing what Emily’s List PROUDLY does … that idea also beggars serious doubt.
Finally – and this is my real point – when committed, Catholic, pro-life people come to a Catholic university and, knowing all these facts in the public record, ask for an explanation, they deserve a forthright answer and an apology – not a snow job.
Notre Dame never seems to miss an opportunity to strain its already tenuous relationship with Catholics of principle and passion. My patience with their current leadership has about snapped.