Dorene Dominguez, a real estate developer and part-owner of the Sacramento Kings, was elected to the University of Notre Dame’s board of trustees at the board’s spring meeting last week, according to the university.
While much of her professional and personal story is exemplary, her $10,000 donation in 2014 to Women Vote!, a PAC tied to Emily’s List which works solely to elect pro-abortion candidates for elected office, raises serious doubts about her fitness and ability to maintain the now-shaky Catholic identity of Notre Dame.
A prior trustee, Roxanne Martino, resigned from the Notre Dame board in 2011 after The Cardinal Newman Society revealed her donations to pro-abortion PACs. But the university never acknowledged a mistake and claimed that Martino was unaware of the political agenda of “organizations that characterize themselves as pro-choice.”
Bill Dempsey, the president of the Sycamore Trust, was dismayed by the university’s apparent lack of concern.
“The university cannot even bring itself to concede that Emily’s List and the Illinois State Personal Pac are pro-choice,” he told the National Catholic Register. “The university says these groups ‘characterize themselves as pro-choice,’ as in ‘he says he is Christian.’ Is the suggestion that Ms. Martino just did not believe them?”
Still, the incident caused public embarrassment to Notre Dame… so why wasn’t Dominguez carefully vetted?
Catholic U. law school opens new center for religious liberty
The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., has established a new Center for Religious Liberty to educate students about protecting the fundamental right to religious freedom, according to the Washington Examiner.
The center will be led by CUA law school professor and Becket Fund Senior Counsel Mark Rienzi, who said at the inaugural event that addressing the legal questions related to religious liberty helps answer “how we deal with religious differences in a pluralistic society” and “how we learn to live together in light of our differences.”
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In recent years, courts have seen an increase in the number of religious liberty cases, after the conscience rights of individuals or organizations have been ignored or trampled on. These include the plethora of cases against the “HHS Mandate” and those filed by Christian business owners seeking the right to live out their faith.
LifeNews Note: Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report. Catholic Education Daily is an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society, where this originally appeared.