During its recent Founders Dinner event, Loyola University Chicago honored a group of alumni, some of whom have ties to organizations that advocate positions contrary to Catholic moral teaching.
The Jesuit University awarded Judith Mayotte the Coffey Award—named after the first president of Mundelein College—for her “leadership in the community, accomplishments in industry, and service to others.”
Mayotte is a former chair of the board of directors of the Women’s Refugee Commission, a group that advocated against the Mexico City Policy, which forbade federal money from going to international organizations that provide abortion or abortion counseling.
Mayotte is also a director emeritus of Refugees International, which advocates for access to“reproductive health care,” even calling it a “vital service” for refugees. Melanie Teff, the group’s senior advisor on human rights, advocated U.S. funding for family planning and abortion counseling on the Refugees International website. Also on the organization’s website, board member Roya Hakakian wrote critically of the loss of abortion rights in Iran as part of an article about a “war on women.”
Mayotte also recently served on the host committee of an event called 25 Years of Leading Change, which states on its website, “Refugees need reproductive health care, too.” Co-founder Susan Martin describes “ensuring access to reproductive health” including “birth control” as one of the “most significant accomplishments” of the organization.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says of direct abortion, it is “gravely contrary to the moral law”, and it lists contraception as an “unacceptable means” to regulate births. The Church also teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman.
However, Loyola University Chicago also gave the Damen Award—which reportedly recognizes “the qualities of leadership in industry, leadership in community and service to others”—to alumnus James Lobianco. Lobianco is listed as an “Activist” for Equality Illinois and he acted as one of the “March Captains” in the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality in 2013.
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