The Dr J Show

Welcome to our newest project. The Dr. J Show is a weekly broadcast with an interview segment that features some of the foremost leaders and thinkers on issues relating to marriage, family and human sexuality. New episodes come out every Friday; catch them here or over at our YouTube channel.


The Recovery of Family Life: Political Scientist Talks About Protecting the Family

Scott Yenor earned his Ph.D. at Loyola University Chicago. He now is a professor of political science at Boise State University and is a Washington Fellow at the Claremont Institute's Center for the American Way of Life.

Scott lives near Boise with his wife, Amy. They have five kids, one out of college and married, two in college, one senior in high school, and a sixth grader. Scott is also chairman of the board at a classical Christian school, the Ambrose School, which is in Meridian, Idaho.

Scott has written two books on the family: Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought (Baylor 2010) and The Recovery of Family Life: Exposing the Limits of Modern Ideologies (Baylor 2020).

Readings & Resources


A Christian Approach to Psychotherapy

Dr Suzanne Baars is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist in Irving, Texas, where she operates her private practice, In His Image Christian Counseling. Sue has worked extensively in the field of counseling since 1986 in both hospital and outpatient settings, and focuses her work on the integration of the Christian anthropology of St. Thomas Aquinas with the treatment of a variety of emotional & spiritual problems, among them Emotional Deprivation Disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and scrupulosity. She is also a popular presenter at Catholic conferences around the country and has been a frequent guest on EWTN’s Women of Grace. She often presents the work of her late father, psychiatrist and author Conrad Baars, a pioneer in the field of Catholic psychology. Sue cites the cultural erosion of the family as the root of the lack of affirmation from which many people in our time suffer.


Some of Sue’s lecture series include: Made in His Image: Healing and Wholeness for Living the Affirming Life (4 CDs) and The Abode of Love: Developing the Heart (10 CDs). She and a colleague edited a collection of Dr. Baars’ articles and monographs related to the priesthood entitled, I Will Give Them a New Heart: Reflections on the Priesthood and the Renewal of the Church.

Sue has been on the faculty of the Institute for Priestly Formation almost every summer since 2008, where she teaches diocesan seminarians. She is a Past President of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association and holds a doctorate in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University.

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Forced Abortions Really Happen. Why Do We Never Hear About Them?

Attorney Catherine Glenn Foster serves as President and CEO of Americans United for Life. AUL’s legal strategists have been involved in every pro-life case before the U.S. Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade. Under Foster’s leadership, AUL pursues and refines a mother-child strategy that looks at the interests and vulnerabilities of both, protecting them from abortion industry abuses.

Foster has litigated precedent-setting constitutional questions, abortion and maternal health, health and safety regulations, euthanasia and assisted suicide, denial of medical care, First Amendment rights, genetic engineering issues, the Freedom of Information Act, and more.

Foster has testified before and advised the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Select Investigative Panel and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and other federal and state bodies and representatives. She and her award-winning work have appeared extensively in national media.


Foster spent seven years as litigation counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. She then founded a law practice focusing on respect for the sanctity of innocent human life. She also led Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA as Executive Director.

Foster serves on the boards of And Then There Were None, Christian Legal Society D.C. Metro Chapter, and Rockville Women’s Center, as well as on the advisory board of the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity.

Foster earned her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center and also holds an M.A. in French from the University of South Florida, and a B.A. in History and French from Berry College.

Foster is admitted to the bar in Virginia and Washington D.C., as well as the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 5th, 8th, and 9th Circuits; and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is an inaugural member of the Federalist Society Founders Club, Senior Fellow in Legal Policy at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and a fellow with the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding.

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What Happens When We Start Disrespecting Family?

Louisiana priest Father Shenan J. Boquet travels around the world spreading the Gospel of Life as president of Human Life International. Having journeyed over a million miles to more than 87 countries, Father Boquet has given numerous talks at conferences and symposia in the United States and around the world on issues ranging from the dignity of the human person and the nature of marriage to social justice and moral theology.

Father Boquet has appeared on EWTN television and radio shows, Catholic Answers Live, Ave Maria Radio, Vatican Radio, as well as a number of local Catholic radio programs in the U.S. and in other international media outlets. His writings have appeared in numerous publications such as: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, Catholic Exchange, CNSNews, Catholic Lane, Catholic Online, Crux, Legatus, and The Wanderer. Father Boquet’s weekly newsletter, “Spirit and Life,” goes online Mondays at ww.HLI.org.

Readings & Resources


Make 2021 the Year of T-RUTH!

In this special New Year's edition of the Dr J Show, we talk with our president, Dr Jennifer Roback Morse, and give you an invitation to make 2021 the year of T-Ruth. Dr. Morse is the founder of The Ruth Institute, an interfaith international coalition to defend the family and build a Civilization of love. Dr. Morse was a campaign spokeswoman for California’s winning Proposition 8 campaign, defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. She has authored or co-authored six books and spoken around the globe. Her latest book is The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives and Why the Church was Right Along.


She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Rochester and taught economics at Yale and George Mason Universities. Dr. Morse was named one of the “Catholic Stars of 2013,” on a list that included Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI. Dr. Morse and her husband are parents of an adopted child, a birth child, a goddaughter and were foster parents for San Diego County to eight foster children. In 2015, Dr. Morse and her husband relocated to Lake Charles, Louisiana, where the work of the Ruth Institute continues.

Dr. Morse’s books include:

  • Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village (2001)
  • Smart Sex: Finding Lifelong Love in a Hookup World (2005)
  • 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage (2013), coauthored with Betsy Kerekes
  • The Sexual Revolution and Its Victims (2015)
  • 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person (2016), coauthored with Betsy Kerekes
  • The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives and Why the Church was Right Along (2018)

MAKE 2021 THE YEAR OF T-RUTH! Be not afraid! Be encouraged by Dr J in this special episode. And be active! Dr J is calling on you! Topics include:

  • The world as we once knew it is gone, and it's not coming back
  • We are deciding what and who we are going to be for the next 500 years
  • We must not submit to fear
  • The issue behind all the other issues is the issue of Truth
  • Defeating demoralization
  • Using military concepts, strategy and tactics in the fight against the culture of death
  • Thinking in terms of psychological warfare
  • Christians have compassion on all people, loving their enemies
  • Do something small -- every little bit has a ripple effect!
  • Weapons of spiritual warfare: Wielding the power of the Church Triumphant
  • Calling on the angels
  • "Offering Up" our sufferings
  • Making 2021 the year of T-RUTH!

Action Items

  1. First and foremost, you must form small groups for prayer and study.
  2. Share one of our stories or podcasts on social media.
  3. Post a review of the Ruth Institute on Google. 
  4. Post a review of The Sexual State on its Amazon page.
  5. Write a note of encouragement to someone who may need it.
  6. Share a Survivor story with someone who needs to hear it. (see our Cloud of Witnesses project, among others.)
  7. Send us Survivor stories that you come across.
  8. Share your own Survivor Stories.
  9. Do your part to reclaim your profession, especially if you are now retired. They can’t fire you!
  10. Educate yourself to become a more effective advocate. I have heard it said that if you study something for 30 minutes a day, you will be an expert in 5 years. We need more experts! Pick a topic and dive into it. We’ll get you started!

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