The Catholic university's board of trustees passed on approving the memorial during its regular April meeting Tuesday.
statue would aim to "memorialize those who have died as a result of
legalized abortion and all those who suffer physically, emotionally
were made about any specific memorial or the broader issue of
university memorials on campus,” read a university statement.
“Villanova as a Catholic university remains strongly supportive of the
dignity of human life.”
Joe McCullen Jr., a venture capitalist and Villanova alumnus, and his wife, Eleanor, donated the $20,000 for the statue.
disappointed [about the indecision] and I'm curious to find out what
the reason is," said McCullen, head of McCullen Capital LLC in Boston.
He donated $1 million to the university's endowment fund this year.
Eleanor, a St.
Joseph's University graduate and a secular Franciscan, told the Daily
News she thought perhaps the board’s indecision meant they are “afraid
to come forward and to take a stand.”
donation for the statue had been acknowledged in a letter by
Villanova's president, Fr. Edmund Dobbin, a board trustee. McCullen
hopes the board will approve the statue at their next meeting in June.
plan for a memorial on the Villanova University campus to the victims
of abortion is currently in limbo, reported the Philadelphia Daily News.