Catholic Charities ‘Appalled’ by Former Board Member’s Abortion Advocacy

Ambition is pitiless. Eleanor Roosevelt

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida seems to be agog and aghast at what its former board member has wrought.

It’s no small thing when Catholic Charities learns someone who sat on its governing board has hitched her wagon to Planned Parenthood’s star. I can only imagine what the people who work there and the other board members must have felt when Alisa Snow popped up on the internet, advocating infanticide.

According to Mark Dufva, Executive Director for Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, “We were appalled.” 

His description of the vetting process Mrs Snow went through before she was allowed to join their board sounds like something the FBI should adopt for screening presidential appointees.

Ms Snow filled out a detailed application. Her personal references that were checked. She was interviewed. Her appointment had to be approved by the local bishop.

She then “went through an orientation process that “clearly explains Catholic social teaching on a number of issues, including abortion. At several times throughout the process, potential board members are asked if they have any conflicts with these teachings,” he said. “At no time … did Ms Snow express any disagreement with the Church’s teachings on these subjects, and she signed a board member agreement wherein she reiterated that understanding.” 

I think it’s clear that Ms Snow understood what she was doing when she agreed to represent Planned Parenthood. Anyone who has gone through the kind of process Dufva describes should know how wrong it is to help people kill babies through abortion.

She resigned from Catholic Charities board on January 21. I would guess she did this to clear the decks for her new job as the legislative advocate for America’s number one abortion provider. Then, a few weeks later, we have the sorry spectacle her standing before a Senate committee and testifying against a bill that would require medical care for babies that survive abortions.

“We believe any decision that’s made (regarding whether or not to give the baby medical care) should be left up to the woman, her family and her physician,” she said

I can’t explain this behavior and I won’t try. If you can figure it out, you tell me.

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  • Bill S

    She didn’t just quit Catholic Charities and then come out and defend contraception or some other stand that Catholics may be split on. She defended the very worst that Planned Parenthood stands for. Not even abortion, infanticide. I am pro-choice as it pertains to a woman having an abortion as soon as she finds out she is pregnant. You really have to sell your conscience to the highest bidder to do what she did.

  • Karyl

    Ms. Snow is lying to herself–perhaps the worst lie of all. The Bible calls it a seared conscience. Truly, she is being used s an instrument of Satan. He is getting very bold.

  • vox borealis

    Why does this surprise anyone, if in fact anyone is really surprised. For years now, board members and those holding visible positions in Catholic schools and universities, hospitals, and charities, as well as groups funded by Catholic initiatives such as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (in the US) or Development and Peace (in Canada) have come out against Church teaching, especially in the area of sexual ethics and abortion, again and again and again and again. I simply no longer believe that CC fo NW Florida is agog. I simply don’t believe their vetting process is all that thorough. I simply don’t believe other board members didn’t know what she really thought about Church teaching. Not any more. I don’t believe them.

    Until the bishops get their act together and really clean houses—their own and those of Catholic institutions, including shutting down a bunch of them—we’re going to be treated to many more such “surprises.”

    • Fabio P.Barbieri

      Well, Rebecca, you heard me before on this. I think the whole Catholic Charity business is rotten to the core, and that the only choice the Pope ought to be entertaining is whether he ought to have them reformed from the top down or shut down altogether. But the questions asked here have got me thinking. What kind of a person, indeed, goes from one such employer to another without a deadly sense of mutual contradiction?

      I would say: the kind who cannot really see the contradiction.

      I think there are a good few people in non-profits of all kind who see the goal of doing good as so obviously good in itself that they don’t particularly consider whether the aims of each of them are compatible. “I am going to work in the charity sector” is a career choice like “I am going to be a dentist” or “a schoolteacher” or “a stockbroker”. The trouble is that the distinction between intended aims in these jobs is much narrower. A dentist may have unpleasant aims – be in it only for the money, despise or ignore his patients – but that will only be important in so far as he objectively neglects and ill-treats them, which will swiftly lose him work if he indulges them. A schoolmaster may think one school better than another. But a professional charity worker has the choice of Devil and Holy Water daily, and basically tends not to see the difference. The very fact that the work is not for profit (although there are solid wages and a career structure) tends to suggest that it is unselfish, hence surely good. And so…

  • Birthday girl

    What I’m wondering … guessing at … is did she ever say or do anything contrary to Catholic teaching while she was employed by Catholic Charities? The shocked response suggests not .. so what did she think all the orientation was about … something more like Rules of Engagement? rather than Our Sacred Honor? Or something like that? Again, the mercenary attitude.

    • vox borealis

      Maybe she lied or covered up, but these days I am more and more sceptical.

  • FW Ken

    I worked for out local Catholic Charities back in the 90s. This is not a huge surprise. I was the only Catholic, possibly the only Christian in my section. That’s not a huge surprise, since it was Refugee Services, so you would expect a diverse staff. But our director was a “none” (pun intended) who said that if she did belong to a church, it would be Unitarian. The agency director was, I believe, nominally Catholic. All told, I thought the services we provided were decent, but no better than any other agency is worked for, and not Catholic in any particular way.