The bishops have named Patricia O’Donnell Ewers as the chairwomen of the National Review Board. She was already a board member and last year Wayne Laugesen of the National Catholic Register wrote:
Patricia O’Donnell Ewers, an educational consultant who served as president of Pace University in New York from 1990 to 2000. She is a lifelong Catholic who attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through college.
On abortion, euthanasia, stem-cell research, cloning and homosexual “marriage,” Ewers said: “One of the questions asked me at my interview (for the board) was where I took public stances in relation to the Church, and I think one of the wisest things for me to do is not to take public stances on issues outside of those with which I will be concerned as a member of the board.
“I would add to that list (of non-negotiables) war and capital punishment — those are all major issues of concern. I think they should be on a list of any issues that Catholics who are thoughtful about moral issues of our time should consider.”
On support of pro-abortion candidates, Ewers declined to comment.
What in the world would be wrong with a Catholic taking a public stance affirming their faith? Go out into the whole world and keep your mouth shut. I guess the martyrs had it all wrong. Though it is all to obvious that this was just a dodge since her beliefs on one or more of these subjects are probably not faithful to the Church.
Leaving the board is New York City attorney Pamela Hayes who had replied.
“I’ve contributed to a lot of pro-choice candidates, and so what? So what?” Hayes told the Register. “What are they going to do about it? If they don’t like it, then don’t put me on the board. If they’ve got a problem with that, you tell them they’ve got a problem.”
So out of the whole Catholic population of the United States they can’t find twelve Catholic faithful to the Church to be on the National Review Board. There Judas ratio is not just one out of twelve. They are more worried about public stances and not whether the person is faithful and understands church teaching. There seems to be more than just a casual relationship between heterodoxy and homosexuality and those who have committed sexual abuses. By putting people on the board that don’t understand the Church’s teaching on sexual morality it just about guarantees that any worthwhile recommendations will never be made. Though it is pointless to argue about the composition of the National Review Board since once again it was created in the first place so that the bishops could punt and give them something to point to that they were actually doing something.