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By Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine, February 8, 2019

In what is becoming yet another scandal for the Catholic Church, Rhode Island’s governor, Gina Raimondo, joined a growing list of Catholic lawmakers embracing a woman’s access to late-term abortion. A graduate of Providence’s Catholic college prep school La Salle Academy, an institution that describes itself as “rich in history and grounded in the tradition of Catholic education,” Raimondo has the dubious distinction of being the most pro-abortion governor the State has ever elected. Pledging her support for House Bill 5127, the Reproductive Health Care Act, which would eliminate any constitutional restrictions on late-term abortion, and remove any constitutional restrictions on methods of abortion for the future, Raimondo has shown herself to be in favor of abortion up until the moment of birth—by any methods necessary to terminate the life of the unborn child.

To its credit, in an effort to distance the school from Raimondo’s pro-abortion politics, La Salle Academy had already removed the large framed photograph of their infamous graduate from their walls in 2014 when she began her pro-abortion crusade. But, in some ways, the damage has been done. We now know that La Salle’s own description as a school that is “grounded in the tradition of Catholic education” reveals that the school appears ambivalent about its mission. Like the dozens of Catholic colleges and universities who now describe themselves as “shaped” in the heritage of their Catholic founding, or “rooted” in the Catholic university tradition, La Salle chose its words carefully in order to reassure prospective students that its “rich history” will not get in the way of free and open inquiry.

Fr. Richard Neuhaus, the late editor of First Things, wrote in 2009: “When a school is haggling over its mission statement, it is a sure sign that it has already lost its way.” Identifying the strategies that some Catholic schools have used to redefine themselves, Fr. Neuhaus wrote that describing themselves as having been “shaped” by their “Catholic heritage” or, as La Salle does, by their “Catholic tradition” was a sign that the institutions were already distancing themselves from the Church…..Read entire article, go to: