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.CMR admits responsibility for inadvertently contributing to a campaign to abort her tenure on the Notre Dame board. Oooop. So sorry.
“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.”
A good amount of the real credit for this proper development must go to William McGurn. His articles on this travesty at the increasingly awesome National Catholic Register were devastating to Notre Dame and to Martino.
What is not awesome is that the leadership at the University that selected Martino, and then bold faced lied about it, remains in place. Fr. Jenkins should resign as well. It is clear that while he may check "pro-life" on his Catholic bona fides, his commitment to issue (like his commitment to the truth) is about as shallow as a kiddie pool after a Michael Moore cannonball.
Anyway, this is a positive development even if Fr. Jenkins gets away with it (for now.)
See Paul Zummo at American Catholic for additional commentary.