La Salle to reassess notable alumni display

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Several days after pulling down a portrait of gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo, La Salle Academy has removed every picture from its wall of notable alumni in order to reevaluate their criteria for the display.

The Catholic school removed Raimondo from the wall last Friday after the Democrat accepted an endorsement from Planned Parenthood, saying her pro-choice stance goes against the church’s teachings.

La Salle’s president, Brother Thomas Gerrow, FSC, said Thursday the school’s board of trustees will now work to “establish criteria for these rotating profiles of graduates with the goal of providing inspiration to all of our students and faculty as they travel the hallways of La Salle.”

Gerrow’s comments coincided with publication of a scathing editorial in the Rhode Island Catholic, the diocesan newspaper, reiterating Bishop Thomas Tobin’s criticism of Raimondo. “Unfortunately, some choose partisan politics over the common sense truth that every human life is sacred,” the editorial said. “What else than political jockeying can explain support for partial-birth abortion?”

Raimondo’s Republican opponent, Allan Fung, accepted an endorsement from Rhode Island Right to Life despite also supporting abortion rights.

The two candidates, along with Moderate Bob Healey and independents Leon Kayarian and Kate Fletcher, will vie for the state’s top job in the general election Nov. 4.

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