Shocker: Notre Dame Elects Trustee Who Donates to Pro-Abort Causes

I’m trying so hard to root for the Irish but they keep doing stuff like this:

The Cardinal Newman Society last week reported the stunning news that the Chicago businesswoman just elected to the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, Roxanne M. Martino, has in recent years contributed sizable sums to pro-abortion groups.

The largest contributions, totaling $16,150.00 between 2005 and 2008, went to Emily’s List. There is no ambiguity about the purpose of that organization. It declares: “The mission is simple, really: Emily’s List is dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office.”

This discouraging news via the Sycamore Trust, alumni of Notre Dame who are attempting to protect ND’s Catholic identity. This news must have been a punch in the gut to them. They write:

For the University to make this startling and deeply disappointing appointment in the wake of the torrent of criticism triggered by the honoring of President Obama displays an indifference to life issues that nullifies its efforts to shore up its pro-life credentials.

No kidding. Please consider emailing the President of Notre Dame, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. at and ask him why Mrs. Martino hasn’t already been excused from the board.



27 thoughts on “Shocker: Notre Dame Elects Trustee Who Donates to Pro-Abort Causes

  1. Matt says:

    Here is the reply I received from the president’s office:

    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.

  2. Kevin says:

    I just sent the following e-mail as suggested:


    Please see the enclosed link for source.

    I would like a response from Notre Dame about this situation. It need not be private a public one would actually be best for all but a private one as well would be appreciated.

    I am concerned about many things at Notre Dame but this is indeed the latest. Please help to remedy this situation. If indeed this is a confusion of identity then provide definitive proof otherwise she needs to be released from her responsibilities of a trustee.

    If you cannot support these actions it is just one more reason why my graduating daughter never considered Notre Dame nor any other Jesuit college in her choices for any length of time. I will continue to challenge each of my children to consider other universities including secular and those led by other denominations – like Pacific University where she will be attending for her undergraduate studies – over Jesuit schools. I believe these are a safer climate to educate as a Catholic because at least in those environments you know to question your sources on Catholic references. You shouldn’t have to question the source and its valid teaching of truth at a “Catholic” school.

    Clean house and get straight. I am praying for it, as I am sure many others are as well. As we both know Jesus wins over Satan in the end, a shame an order founded in His name struggles so hard to follow Him.


    Please join me in praying that something has some effect.

    1. Michael says:

      Notre Dame is not a Jesuit university.

  3. Mark says:

    ND needs a St Joan of arc as a leader

    Someone who has passion and courage to do the right things

    Someone who does not need votes or the support of a board more interested in revenue

    Pray for Father to find courage

  4. Ben says:

    As a recent graduate of Wyoming Catholic Catholic, I can’t help but feel disappointment that the other “Catholic” colleges aren’t following the example of the growing handful of sincere Catholic colleges that are truly committed to their Catholic identity. The fact is, however, that this decision to elect the blatantly pro-choice Mrs. Martino is not just a betrayal of Notre Dame’s Catholic identity, but a betrayal of any merely human sense of morality. How can this possibly be justified by any institution, let alone one that claims to be Catholic???

    1. Mik says:

      I couldn’t agree more. It’s not just that they won’t support the sanctity of life. That in itself is a serious failing. The moral crisis goes deeper still. The institution is morally incoherent. They profess one thing, but live out another. What ND is doing is simply dishonest. They are living a lie.

  5. donbtex says:

    ND recently announced that it would not permit any item ‘Made in China’ to carry the university seal, logo, etc. and the reason was the state of trade unions in China.

    With the appointment of Mrs. Martino to the board of trustees, ND has revealed its true colors – they care for ‘things’ and not for people. First it was inviting President Obama to speak and receive an honorary degree, and now Mrs. Martino.

    What a very slippery slope ND is on – Our Lady must be weeping. It’s time for the alumni to take back the university.

    1. Mik says:

      @ donbtex, I think that the election of Roxanne Martino is scandalous; however, I don’t disagree with ND dissociating itself from “Made in China” by reason of China’s unjust labor practices. Moreover, ND’s strategy regarding Chinese goods bearing ND’s logo shows that they do in fact care for people because it is the Chinese worker who suffers when wages and working conditions are sub-standard. ND is right to stand in solidarity with the Chinese factory worker. What is tragic is that they won’t stand in solidarity with the unborn child.

      1. donbtex says:

        Point well taken.

  6. Ronald Rolling says:

    This is no less than the continuing fruits of the “Land ‘O Lakes” agreement of 1967.

    1. Bruce says:


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