Thursday, June 9, 2011

ND Trustee Martino resigns over pro-abortion contributions

Notre Dame's Office of Public Relations released the following announcement today:

"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.”

Martino received her bachelor’s degree in business from Notre Dame and a master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago. She joined Aurora Investment Management in 1990 and now leads the Chicago firm."

Fr. Bill Miscamble, C.S.C., Professor of History and Research Fellow of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture comments:

"I am grateful that Mrs. Martino had the decency to resign from the Board of Trustees but very disappointed that she included no apology in her statement for her sad record of donations to Emily's List and other virulently pro-abortion PACs like Illinois State Personal PAC.

I am further disappointed by the very limited press release from the University of Notre Dame and by the remarks of Board Chair, Mr. Richard Notebaert.  He neither gives an apology for his earlier misleading statements concerning Mrs. Martino's donations nor expresses regret for his failure to vet this appointment with appropriate diligence.  Further, he gives no assurance that contributing in any way to explicitly 'pro-choice' organizations is incompatible with service on the Notre Dame Board of Trustees.

There is clearly a need for a serious investigation as to how this appointment was made and how similar appointments can be avoided in the future.  Such action will be supported by all those who love Notre Dame and want it to be an unambiguously pro-life institution."

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