Loading
Catholic Charities 'appalled' by former board member's abortion stance
Catholic Charities 'appalled' by former board member's abortion stance
By Kevin J. Jones
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida says it is saddened that a former board member has become a Planned Parenthood lobbyist, noting that she had affirmed Catholic teaching in applying for the board.

“We were appalled and equally saddened and disappointed to learn of her advocacy on behalf of Planned Parenthood, and want to reiterate Catholic Charities' absolute commitment to upholding Catholic teachings on abortion and other issues threatening the sanctity of human life,” Mark Dufva, executive director of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, told CNA April 9.

Dufva said former board member Alisa Lapolt Snow underwent a vetting process that included a detailed application, checking personal references, an interview, and approval by the local bishop.

The process concluded with an orientation that Dufva said “clearly explains Catholic social teaching on a number of issues, including abortion.”

“At several times throughout the process, potential board members are asked if they have any conflicts with these teachings,” he said.

“At no time during the process did Ms. Snow express any disagreement with the Church's teaching on these subjects, and she signed a board member agreement wherein she reiterated that understanding.”

Snow sparked controversy last month during her appearance before a Florida State House committee as a lobbyist on behalf of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates.

The committee was considering a proposed bill to protect infants born alive during an abortion. A state legislator asked Snow what Planned Parenthood would want to happen to a baby born as a result of a botched abortion.

“We believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician,” she replied.

The Planned Parenthood Florida affiliates’ alliance partially backed away from Snow’s comments April 4, saying that it condemns physicians who do not follow the law or endanger a woman’s or child’s health.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S. and is a frequent opponent of the Catholic Church on pro-life issues and matters of sexual morality.

Dufva noted that Snow resigned from the Catholic Charities affiliate’s regional advisory board on January 21. He said her activities on behalf of Planned Parenthood began after she resigned.

He said members of the Catholic Charities’ regional advisory board serve as “ambassadors” for the organization and help raise funds to provide “vital assistance” to those who are vulnerable.

“All of us at Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida are praying for Ms. Snow and are deeply saddened by this turn of events,” Dufva said.

Tags: Planned Parenthood, Catholic Charities

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
Sep
18

Liturgical Calendar

September 18, 2014

Thursday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 7:36-50

Gospel
Date
09/18/14
09/17/14
09/16/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 15: 1-11
Gospel:: Lk 7: 36-50

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
09/18/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 7:36-50

Homily
Date
09/18/14
09/17/14
09/16/14