Franciscan University of Steubenville has announced that on Monday, Fr. Terence Henry, TOR, accepted the resignation of one of the school’s board of trustee members, Dr. Nicholas Cafardi, who recently made public his support of Sen. Barack Obama for president.
Shortly after becoming aware of Dr. Cafardi’s position in support of Sen. Obama, the university, which is known for its strong pro-life convictions, issued a statement emphasizing that Cafardi’s views were his own private views and underlining the university’s opposition to abortion.
Four days after distancing itself from Cafardi, university president Fr. Terence Henry announced that he had received a voluntarily submitted letter of resignation from Dr. Cafardi, and that he had accepted the board of trustee member’s resignation.
A statement from the university says that Fr. Henry expressed his thanks for the "many ways Dr. Cafardi has assisted and advised Franciscan University over the years."