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Project Sycamore ^ | 5-16-2011 | Sycamore Trust

Posted on 05/21/2011 8:15:59 PM PDT by Diago

Notre Dame Fellows elect a new Trustee who gave thousands to pro-abortion groups, including Emily's List with its focus on "electing pro-choice Democratic women to office."

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.

Its power is formidable. It has been named the largest political action committee in the country, raising, for example, some $46 million for candidates in 2006.

The very long list of candidates it has helped elect provides a rogues gallery of enemies of the Church on the abortion issue.

On the legislative front, Emily’s List is a leading pro-abortion lobbying organization. Most recently, it joined NARAL and Move-On in “mounting an all-out [and successful] attack on a bill...that bans taxpayer funding of abortions across all government programs."

Emily’s List is not Ms. Martino’s only pro-abortion beneficiary. The Cardinal Newman Society reported:

It appears that Martino has given a total of somewhere between $3,250 and $5,996 to the pro-abortion Chicago Foundation for Women between 2004 and 2011.

CNS scrupulously noted that there might be a remote possibility that this was another “Roxanne M. Martino” from Chicago, but it would have to be one whose husband was named “Rocco.”

Moreover, we have verified from another source the CNS findings that Ms. Martino has contributed both to Emily’s List and the Chicago Foundation, and we have given the University an opportunity to dispute these facts and it has not.

During the years Ms. Martino contributed, CNS wrote, the Foundation “made grants to the Chicago Abortion Fund, Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, the ACLU Reproductive Rights Project, and Black Women for Reproductive Justice.”

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.

Plainly the University’s attitude remains unchanged. It is “Pro-Life Lite”: pro-life when convenient, but not when it would endanger a presidential drop-in or threaten the promise inherent in the appointment of a prominent businesswoman to the board or perhaps make Notre Dame appear too Catholic in the eyes of secular academe.

It is perhaps remotely possible that the University’s vetting for this candidate was so superficial that the University didn’t uncover the data lying in plain sight of the Cardinal Newman Society. This would scarcely be justification for letting the matter rest.

In that event, Ms. Martino should courteously be requested to leave. Surely she would not want to be the cause of embarrassment to the University unless, contrary to Fr. Jenkins’s statements, the University is not truly committed to the pro-life cause.

The Fellows elected Ms. Martino. They are specifically charged by the University’s statutes with the duty of maintaining the Catholic character of the University. You may wish to get in touch with them. Here is their contact information. Let us know if any of these addresses do not work.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.:
Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.:
W. Douglas Ford, c/o Board Secretariat:
William M. Goodyear:
Enrique Hernandez, Jr, c/o Board Secretariat:
The Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.:
Rev. James B. King, C.S.C.:
Hon. Diana Lewis, c/o Board Secretariat:
Patrick McCartan:
Richard C. Notebaert, c/o Board Secretariat:
Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C.:
Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C.:


TOPICS: Activism; Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: catholic; notredame; prolife
Send some e-mails. The left keeps winning these battles because they know how to pester people.
1 posted on 05/21/2011 8:16:08 PM PDT by Diago
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To: Diago
Seriously, that board, right off hand, doesn't seem to have any Jewish people on it, or Protestants for that matter, so why the rush to get an abortionist on board.

Are they trying to pretend some sort of meaningful diversity or something?

2 posted on 05/21/2011 8:20:09 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: traditional1; padre35; Between the Lines; Coleus; Salvation; wombtotomb; Cicero; mabelkitty; ...


BTW, a very good website fighting to restore the Faith at ND:

There remain a splendid, if radically reduced, corps of Catholic scholars at Notre Dame, a number of supportive non-Catholics, a heavily Catholic student body, and the continuing, if diminished, presence of priests on the campus. And there is Sycamore Trust – the first effort of its kind by alumni to resist the forces of secularization at their alma mater.

3 posted on 05/21/2011 8:20:40 PM PDT by Diago (What is the Silver Lake Conspiracy?)
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To: Diago

Get them all in one swoop:,,,,,,,,,,,,

4 posted on 05/21/2011 8:25:13 PM PDT by Diago (What is the Silver Lake Conspiracy?)
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To: Diago

5 posted on 05/21/2011 8:28:50 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (GOP mantra: 'Repeal and replace.' Translation? 'We can do socialism better than the Democrats.')
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To: EternalVigilance

Pray for Notre Dame. One great man could turn the whole mess around and that would have a significant impact on this country.

6 posted on 05/21/2011 8:48:13 PM PDT by Akron Al (Discover Matt Ryan)
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Oh, and I’ll send an e-mail as well as pray.

7 posted on 05/21/2011 8:49:20 PM PDT by Akron Al (Discover Matt Ryan)
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To: Diago

She evidently purchased her spot on the board. Pressure should be exerted to remove her.

8 posted on 05/21/2011 9:06:34 PM PDT by Havisham
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To: Diago

Notre Dame... I always thougth taht was a Catholic University... guess I was wrong.

9 posted on 05/21/2011 9:24:06 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: Diago

The question that needs asking, “Did Mary abort?”

10 posted on 05/21/2011 9:26:32 PM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Diago
Unfortunately, there's very little that's Catholic about Notre Dame or 95% of so-called Catholic colleges any more.
11 posted on 05/21/2011 9:52:09 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Diago

Just sent:

I have just learned of the election of Roxanne M. Martino to the Notre Dame Board of Trustees. It is well known that Ms. Martino is a staunch supporter of abortion. My son has just registered with Notre Dame and I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to learn that this school, that I thought adhered to Catholic values, elects someone to a leadership position who supports the greatest sin of our lifetime, the murdering of unborn children.
I will pray that you will once again dedicate Notre Dame to adherence to God’s will and the teachings of Jesus, and refrain from supporting those who publically oppose those teachings.



12 posted on 05/21/2011 10:09:44 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Diago

I pray they lose to USC, SMU, TCU, Baylor, Abiline Christian, Holy Cross and every other Christian school they play.

It appears they’re trying to shut down the Notre Dame football team. If women keep having abortions they’ll be short quite a few players.

13 posted on 05/21/2011 10:30:56 PM PDT by Terry Mross (Only a SECOND party will get my vote.)
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To: muawiyah

Plenty of Jews and Protestants, but they’re not necessarily the worst/most liberal. The list of Trustees apparently was truncated to show just the Catholics. This is the actual list of trustees, from Notre Dame’s web page:

Dr. John F. Affleck-Graves
Rev. José E. Ahumada F., C.S.C.
Mr. David M. Baron
Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.
Ms. Cathleen P. Black
Mr. John J. Brennan
Mr. Stephen J. Brogan
Dr. Thomas G. Burish
Mr. Robert M. Conway
Mr. John P. Delaney, Jr.
Mr. James J. Dunne, III
Mr. José Enrique Fernández
Mr. James F. Flaherty, III
Mr. W. Douglas Ford
Ms. Kathleen M. Fox
Dr. Marye Anne Fox
Ms. Stephanie A. Gallo
Mr. F. Michael Geddes
Mr. John W. Glynn, Jr.
Mr. William M. Goodyear
Dr. Nancy M. Haegel
Mr. Enrique Hernandez, Jr.
Mrs. Carol Hank Hoffmann
Mr. Douglas Tong Hsu
Rev. James B. King, C.S.C.
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., D.D.
Mr. John W. Jordan, II
Rev. James B. King, C.S.C.
Mr. Thomas E. Larkin, Jr.
Hon. Diana Lewis
Mr. Patrick F. McCartan
Mr. Terrence J. McGlinn
Mr. Richard C. Notebaert
Mr. Richard A. Nussbaum
Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C.
Mr. Joseph I. O’Neill, III
Mr. Philip J. Purcell, III
Mr. J. Christopher Reyes
Mr. James E. Rohr
Mr. Phillip B. Rooney
Mrs. Shayla Keough Rumely
Mr. John F. Sandner
Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C.
Mr. William J. Shaw
Mr. Kenneth E. Stinson
Mrs. Phyllis W. Stone
Ms. Ann E. Thompson
Ms. Sara Martinez Tucker
Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C.
Mr. Roderick K. West
Hon. Ann Claire Williams
Mr. Michael Wong
Mrs. Kathleen W. Andrews
Rev. Ernest Bartell, C.S.C.
Mr. Robert F. Biolchini
Mr. Roger E. Birk
Rev. Thomas E. Blantz, C.S.C.
Dr. John Brademas
Mr. John H. Burgee
Dr. Thomas P. Carney
Mr. John B. Caron
Mr. Arthur J. Decio
Mr. Alfred C. DeCrane, Jr.
Mr. Fritz L. Duda
Mr. Anthony F. Earley
Rev. Carl F. Ebey, C.S.C.
Dr. Philip J. Faccenda
Mr. Charles K. Fischer, Sr.
Mr. F. Michael Geddes
Mr. J. M. Haggar, Jr.
Mr. Bernard J. Hank, Jr.
Mr. Philip M. Hawley
Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.
Mr. John A. Kaneb
Mr. Donald R. Keough
Mr. Thomas E. Larkin, Jr.
The Honorable George N. Leighton
Mr. Ignacio E. Lozano, Jr.
Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C.
Mr. Donald J. Matthews
Mr. Ted H. McCourtney
Mr. Terrence J. McGlinn
Mr. Andrew J. McKenna
Mr. Newton N. Minow
Mr. Martin Naughton
Prof. Timothy O’Meara
Dr. Anita M. Pampusch
Mrs. Jane Pfeiffer
Dr. Percy A. Pierre
Mrs. Ernestine M. Raclin
Mrs. Shirley W. Ryan
Mr. John A. Schneider
Mr. Arthur R. Velasquez
Rev. Richard V. Warner, C.S.C.
Mr. William K. Warren, Jr.
Mr. Robert J. Welsh
Mr. Robert K. Wilmouth

14 posted on 05/21/2011 11:10:13 PM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus
Thankyou ~ a quick thought ~ that committee is less than half Catholic.

Is that unusual for Catholic colleges and universities, or are they all crazy.

15 posted on 05/22/2011 5:23:11 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
Is that unusual for Catholic colleges and universities, or are they all crazy.

No to the first, and yes to the second, about 90% of the time. The Cardinal Newman Society keeps a list of the Catholic colleges that are actually Catholic.

16 posted on 05/22/2011 5:30:38 AM PDT by Campion ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies when they become fashions." -- GKC)
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To: Diago

A better option:

Until last Saturday, I had successfully avoided quite a string of college graduation ceremonies.

Neither my wife nor I attended our own, because we went to a huge university where the proceedings consisted of a speech or two and a series of commands along the lines of, “OK, accounting majors, stand up. Congratulations. Sit down. Biology majors, stand up.” And so on.

I went in and worked my shift at the paper that day, the university mailed my degree to me and everybody was satisfied.

The first three of my children to earn their degrees didn’t bother with the ceremonial trappings, either. All graduated from big schools, and my impression was that all viewed the graduation formalities as something more to be dreaded than embraced.

I didn’t object. Far from it. I applauded their good sense.

My wife, my first three children and I all left college with a similar feeling: Glad that’s done.

No. 4, however, took a different approach — a lifelong custom of hers, I hasten to add.

She was graduating from a small school that she loved unreservedly, and she was going to take every last step — figurative and literal — that she could with her classmates.

So my wife and I went. Of course we went. When your child considers something in her life a significant rite of passage, you go.

And we — lifelong college commencement evaders though we were — went with a sense of anticipation.

We had gotten to know the school and her friends a bit through her stories and through our visits, and we had been impressed. We strongly suspected that this school would put together a graduation well worth attending. We were not disappointed.

And as we stood to leave, I was finally able to put into words what made this institution so radically, refreshingly different from every other college or university I’d come in contact with, either personally or professionally — and there have been many.

This was the first I’d seen whose primary mission is to affirm, reinforce and build upon the religious faith, moral clarity and strength of character that loving parents strive to instill in their children.

How wonderful it was, after all these years of matching parental wits against a society that seems intent on going off the rails, to finally find an academic ally.

When I think back to my own college years, what I remember is an almost relentless institutional effort to tear down any religious, moral and patriotic lessons students had been taught thus far. And I’ve heard similar stories from my children and their friends. The situation, if anything, has worsened.

What parent of sound mind doesn’t worry at least a little, while pulling away from freshman move-in day at the dorm, that 18 years of parental love and guidance will prove insufficient immunization against an unremitting stream of bad advice and worse example not only from peers, but from “authority” figures?

Higher learning has always been about questioning. But there was a time when the goal of those doing the teaching was not to raise the questions and walk away, leaving the students to devise the best answers that untrained minds could devise. There was a time — a time before my time, unfortunately — when the broadly understood purpose of a university education was to impart to good, young minds the wisdom and knowledge of the best thinkers the world has produced.

At colleges with religious underpinnings, that mission was amplified by the effort to impart a sense of individual place and purpose in God’s creation.

The questions had correct answers, and those answers were rooted in an appreciation of what is good and virtuous and beautiful and blessed.

I would suggest that there are precious few campuses in this nation where that description fits today.

But there are a few. The place where we attended Saturday’s graduation, Franciscan University of Steubenville, is one of them.

You can feel the difference just by taking a walk through the campus. You can see it in the way students act toward one another. You certainly can see it in the way they dress. You can hear it when they talk about why they’re there and what they hope to do once they move on. You can hear it when they talk about their professors and their mentors on the faculty.

“They love us,” my daughter explained. But, first and foremost, they love God.

And therein lies the difference

17 posted on 05/22/2011 6:27:18 AM PDT by Diago (What is the Silver Lake Conspiracy?)
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To: muawiyah

In 1968, Notre Dame led a conference (”Land o’ Lakes conference”) of every major American Catholic university to eliminate the Vatican influence by secularizing their controlling boards, one of the great non-secret conspiracies of all time. Instantly, American Catholics were robbed of their educational heritage, and about $100 billion in endowments and real property.

Researching for this trustee committee, however, I made a pretty amazing discovery: that this takeover was actually illegal, since the founding documents of Notre Dame prohibit the board from abandoning its Catholic heritage.

18 posted on 05/22/2011 6:45:41 AM PDT by dangus
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Bishop Jenky, CSC - a hope for Notre Dame?
American Papist ^ | April 28, 2009 | Thomas Peters

Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 12:16:40 AM by

In the interest of completeness I must mention one episcopal figure whose silence is notable in this Notre Dame scandal: the Most Rev. Daniel Jenky, CSC of Peoria, IL.

There are four reasons I hope Bishop Jenky is taking an active role in this situation, at least behind the scenes if not in public:

1) He is a member of the Notre Dame community. He completed several degrees there and was appointed Superior of the Holy Cross Priests and Brothers of Notre Dame (who administer the University).

2) He is a member of the Notre Dame administration - appointed both to its Board of Trustees and Board of Fellows (where the real decisions are made). Their charter includes this as a duty of the office:

The essential character of the University as a Catholic institution of higher learning shall at all times be maintained, it being the stated intention and desire of the present Fellows of the University that the University shall retain in perpetuity its identity as such an institution. (PDF source)

3) He is a member of the U.S. bishops. He was a one-time auxiliary under Bishop D’Arcy in the diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend. And in 2002, as Ordinary of Peoria, he was a full member of the body which released the 2004 directives that Notre Dame has now been convicted of violating.

4) Finally, to my knowledge, he is the only CSC-congregation bishop in the United States. He is, in other words, a brother priest with President Jenkins and half of the others members on the Board of Fellows.

He is thus able to speak as member with, administrator of, overseer from without and brother to Notre Dame.

That’s four ways we can hope he’ll help.

19 posted on 05/22/2011 6:46:14 AM PDT by Diago (What is the Silver Lake Conspiracy?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks Diago.

20 posted on 05/22/2011 8:53:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link --
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