The word “resignation” is in the news a fair amount lately. Since it is in the news outside of the Archdiocese of Boston, we thought we would bring up the topic here once again as we see an increasing need for at least one or more resignations to be happening inside the archdiocese.
The most obvious situation in the headlines where the resignation question is a hot topic is the scandal over NY Rep. Anthony Weiner. BCI will not repeat the salacious details here. BCI thinks he should resign–because of the underlying actions themselves, the public lies and deception, his bad judgment and flawed character to be representing the people, the scandal it has created, and a host of other reasons.
Another situation outside the archdiocese has been reported this week in the Chicago Tribune. The paper reports that a recently appointed trustee of the University of Notre Dame, Chicago investor Roxanne Martino, has just resigned from their board after it was revealed that she had given $25,000 to Emily’s List, a political fund-raising organization committed to electing women who support abortion rights. This Op-Ed piece in the Tribune by Rev. Robert Barron, priest and theology professor at University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, offers some interesting insights:
The Cardinal Newman Society observed that because Ms. Martino had donated $25,000 to Emily’s List, an organization whose stated purpose is “the electing of pro-choice Democratic women,” she would be unfit to serve in such an important position of governance at a Catholic university. A controversy ensued, and Martino, concluded that it was in the best interest of Notre Dame for her to step down.
I believe that she made the right decision.
Catholic morality rests upon the assumption that certain acts are intrinsically evil, precisely because certain values are so fundamental that they can never be undermined. The chief of these values is the cultivation of life, and this is why the direct killing of the innocent is so massively repugnant to a Catholic moral sensibility.
Those who claim that the abortion question is “one issue among many” simply fail to understand this centrality. Therefore, a person who has actively supported an organization pledged to fight for abortion rights in the political arena cannot in good faith participate in the governance of a university committed to Catholic doctrine and moral values.
To those who feel that Ms. Martino has been unjustly hounded from her position on the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, I would propose a simple thought experiment. Suppose that someone who had made substantial monetary contributions to an organization dedicated to the undermining of civil rights in America had been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame. Would you support his or her candidacy? I think the question answers itself.
These two examples bring us back to the Archdiocese of Boston, and specifically Finance Council member and chair of the institutional advancement committee, Jack Connors.
Jack Connors has been party to a public deception of Catholics in the archdiocese. For those who do not recall, he chaired the “sham search” committee for the new Cabinet Secretary for Institutional Advancement (publicly announced last June) which never really intended to conduct a search and had already selected Connors’ crony and former Hill Holiday exec Kathleen Driscoll for the job, as we reported in “Biggest Boston Archdiocesan Sham Search Yet Now Announced.”
And he has also publicly demonstrated significant support for people who support abortion, as we have reported multiple times, including last month when we called for his resignation:
On May 18, a Finance Council member with oversight for fundraising and influence over Catholic schools, Jack Connors, hosted a highly-publicized $2 million fundraiser for President Obama at his home. Obama has voted against banning partial birth abortion and commemorated Roe v Wade in January 2011 saying he is committed to protecting women’s “constitutional right” to an abortion. Connors has been quoted in newspapers recently saying that he and his wife were “both smitten” and “really impressed’’ after meeting Obama in 2007 and believe he has lived up to their expectations in the White House. In 2009, Connors publicly endorsed pro-abortion political candidate Attorney General Martha Coakley, and he is also chair of Partners Healthcare, whose Brigham and Women’s Hospital is one of the largest abortion providers in Massachusetts.
BCI proposed a 30-day truce to the archdiocese on our criticism of Jack Connors and never received a response, so with the topic of resignation in the air, it is time to revisit this one. It is our opinion that a person who has been party to public deception of the people of the archdiocese should not be participating in the governance of the archdiocese. (Yes, we know there are more individuals that meet this criteria than the one named here). Even more importantly, a person who has actively supported political candidates who support abortion and who serves as chair of a healthcare network that provides abortions cannot in good faith participate in the governance of diocese committed to Catholic doctrine and moral values.
BCI believes the word “resignation” needs to be discussed a great deal more in this archdiocese. Jack Connors is just one example. His actions represent collaboration with and support for those who support taking the lives of the unborn. If this collaboration with moral evil is not sufficient to justify his resignation, his actions also create scandal and objectively violate the archdiocese’s own Code of Conduct, which disqualifies him from both membership on the Finance Council and involvement in any advisory capacity. He should voluntarily resign or be asked to leave by the Archbishop of Boston.
If the Archbishop of Boston is too shy, out-of-touch, depressed, dependent on Jack and his minions for fundraising, over-controlled and browbeaten by his handlers, and/or afraid to take such action, then that obviously represents an even graver problem.
That’s what BCI thinks. What do you think?
(Note: Please do not turn the comments into a discussion about Anthony Weiner. He was just used to exemplify the point and is not the subject of this post).