Martino Resigns from Notre Dame Board

For those of you who have been following the controversy of the appointment of Emily’s List booster Roxanne Martino to the Notre Dame Board  (background here and here), this is some welcome news.

Roxanne Martino has resigned from the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees, effective immediately, in the wake of reports criticizing donations she has made to organizations that characterize themselves as pro-choice.

“In the best interests of the University, I regretfully have decided to step down from the Notre Dame Board of Trustees,” Martino said. “I dearly love my alma mater and remain fully committed to all aspects of Catholic teaching and to the mission of Notre Dame. I had looked forward to contributing in this new role, but the current controversy just doesn’t allow me to be effective.”

“Ms. Martino has served Notre Dame in many ways over the years and is highly regarded as someone who is absolutely dedicated in every way to the Catholic mission of this University,” said Richard C. Notebaert, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “She has lived her life and faith in an exemplary way, including the counsel and support she has provided to Notre Dame, many other Catholic institutions and Thresholds, an organization that provides programs for thousands of people with severe mental illness.”

Note the weasel words here.  She doesn’t apologize for donating to an overtly pro-abortion organization – oh no, she resigns because the controversy is too much.

Whatever.  At least she’s out.  But the fact that she was even appointed says all you need to know about the current state of this “Catholic” university.

10 Responses to Martino Resigns from Notre Dame Board

  • Here is the line that Notre Dame was taking a few days ago:

    “Now Father Jenkins has chimed in, sending some concerned alumni an email from “the Office of the President” that is almost word for word the same as Notebaert’s. One forwarded to me reads as follows:

    “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 assume they thought their alums were blithering fools and would buy any lie they tell. “Yeah she contributed to Emily’s List but she didn’t know it supports pro-aborts.” What unmitigated mendacity! Emily’s List exists for only one reason: to elect female pro-aborts to Congress as they state on their website.

    I will concede one point to Jenkins and his crew. With them in charge of Notre Dame any orthodox pro-life Catholic who gives one thin dime to Notre Dame probably is gullible enough to believe anything they tell them.

  • Marco Colombini says:

    It is not at all surprising that those who support child-killing, disguised as pro-choice, will use distortions and lies to hide their dirty deeds. Their father is satan, the father of lies. Catholics must continue to work together to get these weeds out of Catholic institutions.

  • Ifiwereking says:

    Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) should have hired Fr. Jenkins to explain that he really didn’t know what he was doing and that he will now review all of his on-line practices to ensure that he does not inadvertantly engage in these activities in the future.

  • Dale Price says:

    The most grating thing about this was the smoke blowing by Jenkins and the ND administration. She sluiced cash to a group whose purposes she did not understand. Seriously?

    If true (the likelihood of which defies the best stochastic analysis), then she has no business being the trustee of her own checkbook, let alone a university. That explanation suggests she should be the subject of a conservatorship petition instead.

    Score one for the critical mass of rich alumni who cleared their throats on this one.

  • RL says:

    If true (the likelihood of which defies the best stochastic analysis), then she has no business being the trustee of her own checkbook, let alone a university. That explanation suggests she should be the subject of a conservatorship petition instead.


  • LBG says:

    If this woman was not outed for having pro-abortion beliefs, how would we know? Shame on Notre Dame University for promoting personnels into their offices while not doing a thorough background check on their principles and their beliefs that are not in line with the teachings of the Church.

    Ms. Martino, you are unapologetic for your sinful ways against the sanctity and dignity of the human life. I hope you see your confessor and repent for your evil ways. You are NOT fit to be called a Roman Catholic if you do not follow the teachings of the Successor of Saint Peter, and if you are not in line with the teachings of our Holy Mother Church.

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