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Ruth Institute Petition Asks Cardinal Mahony to Withdraw as a Speaker at the Catholic Education Conference

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The Ruth Institute, an inter-faith pro-family organization combatting the Sexual Revolution and clerical sex abuse, launched a petition asking retired Cardinal Roger Mahony to withdraw as a speaker at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (March 22-24).

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. notes that during Mahony’s tenure leading the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, “He had a terrible record of covering up clergy sex abuse. The Archdiocese was forced to pay $660 million in damages – the largest such settlement in the Church’s history.”

The Petition observes that due to Cardinal Mahony’s mishandling of the abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose Gomez relieved him of administrative and public duties in 2013. Cardinal Mahony’s dismal record was thoroughly documented by the Los Angeles Times.

Morse concludes, “The Cardinal’s participation in the Religious Education Congress is a travesty and an insult to the victims of clergy sex abuse, and all Catholic faithful.”

Fr. Paul Sullins Ph.D., Senior Research Associate of the Ruth Institute, is the author of the groundbreaking November 2018 study, “The Role of ‘Sexual Orientation’ in the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal in the Catholic Church.”  This resource is available at ruthinstitute.org/csa-background.

Dr. Morse concluded: “Your Eminence, with all due respect to your office, show some class. Stay home from the Religious Education Congress. Your presence will be hurtful to people who have already suffered enough.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization dedicated to fighting the Sexual Revolution and helping survivors to heal. It defends the family at home and in the public square and equips others to do the same.

To sign the petition asking that Cardinal Mahony withdraw from the L.A. Congress go here.

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Ruth Institute honors Bishop Provost, pledges its support

The Ruth Institute honors Bishop Glen John Provost of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for his spiritual leadership regarding the clergy sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Bishop Provost issued a letter outlining a systematic spiritual response to the worldwide crisis. He stated:

We in the Church either transform society by witnessing to it or risk being absorbed by society through acquiescence. We either act as a pro-active force for good or retreat into irrelevance.

He decreed that the St. Michael prayer be said after every Mass, and that every parish have a weekly hour of Eucharistic Adoration and an annual Eucharistic procession.

Bishop Provost explained:


We cannot continue to live as passive bystanders. A change is necessary, and it begins with the way we worship and pray...The Devil and the forces of evil… are not resisted with a ‘business-as-usual’ attitude, nor has what some would call a ‘Catholic-lite’ approach ever proved effective in facing challenges to the Church and the Gospel. When the disciples of our Lord complained that their attempt at combating a demon was ineffective… Our Lord answered, ‘But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.’ (cf. Matthew 17:21, Mark 9:29)

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse stated:

With so many bishops failing their flocks, we felt it appropriate to express our heartfelt thanks to our bishop and pledge our support for his decrees. As a sign of support, the Ruth Institute, along with more than 300 residents of Lake Charles, offers white roses and our prayers for Bishop Provost and for everyone in our diocese.

Bishop Provost issued his decrees, which took effect January 1, 2019, on the First Sunday of Advent, 2018.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization that equips Christians to defend the family and traditional Christian sexual morality. The Ruth Institute has taken a leading role in responding to the clergy sex abuse crisis since it broke in the news in August. Ruth Institute President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, has written extensively on this issue. Senior Research Associate, Fr. Paul Sullins, has produced the definitive Report on Clergy Sex Abuse.

The “Roses From Ruth” initiative honors clergy who take a public stand in defense of the traditional teachings of the Church regarding marriage, family and human sexuality.

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Ruth Institute President, Author of The Sexual State, to Speak at Family Research Council and Appear on The Huckabee Show

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of The Ruth Institute, will appear on The Mike Huckabee Show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on January 19 and 20. She will also speak at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on January 22 at noon ET.

Morse’s latest book, The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives and Why the Church was Right All Along, covers three interlocking ideologies that are destroying families and society:

  • The Contraceptive Ideology (separating sex from childbearing),
  • The Divorce Ideology (separating sex and childbearing from marriage), and
  • The Gender Ideology (eliminating all distinctions between men and women except those that individuals explicitly embrace).

The Family Research Council (FRC) is America’s foremost thinktank on issues impacting the family. Among other activities, it sponsors the Values Voter Summit, an annual meeting of leaders and activists dedicated to the defense of the family. Past speakers include President Trump and Vice President Pence.

TBN is the world’s largest Christian-based broadcasting network, available to an estimated 98% of households in the US. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was also a two-time Republican presidential nominee.

For information on Dr. Morse’s speech at FRC, which will also be webcast: frc.org/events/the-sexual-state-how-elite-ideologies-are-destroying-lives

For information on the Mike Huckabee Show: tbn.org/huckabee


The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization that defends the family at home and in the public square. 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 on marriage, family, and human sexuality. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Polish, and Chuukese, the native language of the Micronesian Islands. Her other recent books include The Sexual Revolution and Its Victims and 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person, coauthored with Betsy Kerekes.

She earned her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Rochester and taught economics at Yale and George Mason Universities. Dr. Morse was named by Our Sunday Visitor as one of the "Catholic Stars of 2013" on a list that included Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.

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Man Competing in Miss Universe Contest Another Advance for The Sexual Revolution

The center of attention at this year’s Miss Universe Pageant wasn’t the winner – a young lady from the Philippines, who was barely noticed by the media -- but Angela Ponce from Spain, a “transgender” man who believes that competing as a woman is a victory for human rights.

Ponce was hailed as the first “transgender” contestant in the pageant’s 67-year history. He said he was there to proudly represent “my nation, all women, and human rights.”

“How can a man who ‘identifies’ as a woman represent ‘all women,’” asked Ruth Institute President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse? “What’s called transgenderism is fostered by the culture and advanced by the state, to the detriment of individuals, families, and society.”


Morse continued: “Ponce is a man – a man who’s been surgically altered to resemble a woman, a man who considers himself a woman, but a man nonetheless. No amount of cultural indoctrination will change that fact. While we can readily sympathize with those suffering from gender dysphoria, their condition doesn’t alter reality.”

The government is increasingly being used to punish individuals and institutions that refuse to affirm the transgender dogma. Recently, a teacher at the West Point, Virginia, high school was fired for referring to a “trans” female student as “she.”

“What if the Miss Universe Pageant hadn’t allowed Ponce to compete? Would it have been charged with discrimination and tried before some international human rights tribunal?” Morse asked.

“Once upon a time, Establishment Feminists regarded beauty pageants as demeaning to women. Now that men can dress up as women, and in the stereotypical, sexualized version of women at that, Establishment Feminists are cheering them on. This suggests that their objective at that time was and is, to get inside people’s heads and reprogram their thinking. After all, if you can make people say, ‘Bruce Jenner is a woman,’ you can make them say anything. That power over people was really the point all along.”

As Dr. Morse explains in her book, The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives, transgenderism is the latest advance of the Sexual Revolution, which “separates individuals from their bodies. Our bodies are regarded as unreasonable constraints on one’s freedom and self-determination…The modern Sexual State will, of course, be on hand to ensure that the entire society conforms itself to individual’s newly chosen identity.”

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President of Ruth Institute Says Teacher Fired for Calling a Girl “She” Shows How the Power of Government Supports the Sexual Revolution

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On Friday, October 7, a group of students at the West Point, Virginia, high school staged a peaceful protest in support of a teacher who was fired for referring to a female student who “identifies” as male as “she.”

“Absurd as it is, we shouldn’t be surprised by this,” says Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse. “What’s called transgenderism is a movement that can’t succeed without the raw power of the state behind it.”

Among other “transgender” victories, California now allows “nonbinary” (refusal to be identified by gender) as an option on drivers’ licenses. Some hospitals don’t designate a newborn by sex. Genitalia is no longer enough to distinguish male from female.

In her book, The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives, Morse notes that the Gender Ideology (a key component of the Sexual Revolution) “separates individuals from their own bodies, which are regarded as unreasonable constraints on one’s freedom and self-determination.”


Thus, says Morse: “All differences between men and women, including seemingly natural differences, can be reconstructed with enough re-engineering of human biological hardware and social cultural software. The modern Sexual State will, of course, be on hand to ensure that the entire society conforms itself to each individual’s newly chosen identity.”

In this case, through the unanimous action of the West Point, VA, school board, the Sexual State could end up destroying the career of a dedicated teacher for refusing to endorse the Gender Ideology.

The Ruth Institute calls for the reinstatement of the teacher in question, who should not be punished for recognizing reality instead of entering the fantasy world of gender choice.

For more information on The Sexual State, please visit: thesexualstate.com.
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Ruth Institute Delighted to Sign Letter Affirming Biological Nature of Sex

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, said her organization was delighted to join such colleagues as the American College of Pediatricians, Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Liberty Counsel in applauding the decision of the Trump Administration to uphold the scientific definition of sex in federal law.

In an extraordinary move, the Obama Administration had urged federal agencies to expand the Title IX definition of sex to include so-called “gender identity” – treating those who identify with the opposite sex as if they were members of the opposite sex.

The letter released today supports the Trump Administration’s decision “to uphold the original scientific meaning and legal intent of the term ‘sex’ in federal law.”


Signers of the December 6th letter to the Departments of Justice, Education and Health and Human Services, noted:

  • Human sex is a binary, biologically determined, and immutable trait from conception forward.
  • Sex differences are real and consequential.
  • “Gender identity” is not a material trait found anywhere in the body, brain or DNA.
  • Upholding the scientific definition of sex in law protects everyone’s rights to privacy and equal treatment, especially that of girls and women.
  • As the biological men and women that they are, transgendered-identified individuals possess the same human dignity and right to equal protection of the law as all Americans.

Besides the organizations mentioned above, the letter was also endorsed by the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the National Task Force for Therapy Equality and the Freedom Defense Fund.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of the recently published book, The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives, which includes a discussion of transgenderism in the chapter "The Gender Revolution."

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Head of Ruth Institute Appalled by Gene-Manipulation Announcement

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The announcement by a Chinese researcher that he has successfully used a “gene-editing” tool to modify two embryos drew a sharp rebuke from Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Founder and President of the Ruth Institute.

“This is appalling,” Morse said. “Supposedly, the gene editing will make these twin girls resistant to the AIDS virus. Whether or not that’s true, it opens the door to all sorts of manipulation. Will gene-editing eventually be used to create a class of genetically-enhanced super humans?”

What about the long-range consequences? “Obviously, the changes are made without the consent of the subjects. The altered genes will be passed on to any offspring,” Morse noted.

Although most in the scientific community are cautious about the announcement of Chinese genetic scientist He Jiankui, Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley says full-speed ahead, as long as the research is done by “responsible” clinics. Dr. Morse asks: “How can you ‘responsibly’ alter the genetic makeup of humans?”

Morse has fought other forms of manipulation on unborn children, including surrogacy, where eggs are fertilized outside the mother’s body and then implanted in the surrogate. That unwanted embryos are then destroyed makes the procedure even more objectionable.


“Gene editing is another step on this perilous course,” Morse noted. “Once a particular gene, or genes, are modified, the child is then placed in the mother’s body, with unknown long-term effects on future generations. The Managerial Technocratic Class is assigning itself the right to play God.”

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse introduced the concept of The Managerial Class in her recent book: The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and How the Church was Right All Along.She holds them largely responsible for the devastation of the Sexual Revolution. “Not the ‘March of History’ or some impersonal forces: but the well-educated, well-connected technologically sophisticated Elites created and imposed the Sexual Revolution. They are going even further, with their plans to make the manipulation of human embryos sound humane. Enough is enough,” Dr. Morse declared.

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Jennifer Roback Morse to Speak in Madrid at an International Congress on the Sexual Revolution – 50 Years After May 1968

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Jennifer Roback Morse, PhD, Founder and President of the Ruth Institute – and author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives – will speak on the beginnings of the Sexual Revolution 50 years ago (the protests of May of 1968) at an international Congress on November 8-10, 2018 at the University of Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid.

Morse’s book, released in August, details how the Sexual State expands its power, harming individuals in the process.

The Madrid Congress will analyze the historical, ideological and cultural context in which the sexual revolution arose and its consequences. The conference’s more than 40 speakers are drawn from the fields of sociology, medicine, law, politics, literature, philosophy, psychology and family studies.

Presentations will include: “From the Sexual Revolution to the Global Revolution” -- “The Trivialization of Sexuality” -- “Family Fragmentation and Demographic Winter” -- ”What Defines My Identity: Nature, Freedom, Culture?” -- “From Sex to Gender: Who Decides What to Think?” -- “Marriage as an Alliance of Love” -- “A Culture Oriented Toward the Person” -- and “The World Economy and the Gender Agenda.”


Dr. Morse will take part in a dialogue on “Victims of the Sexual Revolution,” on November 8.

Her book, The Sexual State, covers three interlocking ideologies that constitute the Sexual Revolution: The Contraceptive Ideology” (separating sex from childbearing); The Divorce Ideology (separating sex and childbearing from marriage); and The Gender Ideology (eliminating all distinctions between men and women, except those that individuals explicitly embrace).

Of the Madrid Congress, Morse remarked: “It’s an honor to be asked to participate in this prestigious forum. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to interact with my colleagues from Europe and North America on the Sexual Revolution.”

Jennifer Roback Morse will also participate in a conference on The Sacredness of Marriage, November 16-17 in Southgate, Michigan.

More information:

To schedule an interview with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, please send a request to media@ruthinstitute.org.

Ruth Institute Releases Study on the Role of “Sexual Orientation” in the Catholic Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal

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The Ruth Institute released a study by Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., that sheds new light on the sexual abuse scandal which has rocked the Catholic Church for years.

The study analyzes national data collected by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, data codified from the 1100-page Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report released in August 2018, and data from a 2002 survey of Catholic priests by the Los Angeles Times.

The Ruth Institute study shows:

  • a disturbing recent increase in the number of sexual incidents reported since 2010.
  • a strong correlation between the percentage of self-described homosexuals in the Catholic priesthood and the incidence of sexual abuse of minors by the clergy.

Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse says: “To properly assess the sexual abuse scandal which has plagued the Catholic Church for decades now, certain issues must be confronted with an uncompromising commitment to learning the truth wherever it leads us – even if that truth is politically incorrect.”

Fr. Sullins added, "The data file compiled from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report is available at our new webpage (ruthinstitute.org/clergy-sex-abuse) dedicated to gathering information about the clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. We invite other researchers to take advantage of the opportunity to utilize this data."


The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend their beliefs about the family to create a culture of lifelong married love. The Ruth Institute has responded to the latest round of clergy sex abuse revelations by encouraging the laity to do two things:

  • Insist on justice regarding clergy sex abuse. That includes punishment for the guilty, protection for the innocent and restoration for the victims, as far as humanly possible.
  • Proclaim the full truth of the Church's teaching on marriage, family and human sexuality.

Dr. Morse has a Ph.D. in economics and taught at Yale and George Mason Universities. She’s the author of numerous books, including The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives, released in August.

Fr. Sullins has a Ph.D. in sociology and is recently retired from teaching at the Catholic University of America. Formerly a married Episcopalian priest, he is now a married Catholic priest, and has written a book on that subject, Keeping the Vow: The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Dr. Morse or Fr. Sullins, please contact: media@ruthinstitute.org

For the Ruth Institute Clergy Sex Abuse webpage: ruthinstitute.org/clergy-sex-abuse


Control of The Sexual State is on the Line in War over Kavanaugh

For more information, contact: Elizabeth Johnson at media@ruthinstitute.org.  

On the eve of tomorrow’s Judiciary Committee hearing, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., observed: “Those who say this increasingly contentious nomination isn’t about abortion are dead wrong. Of course it’s about abortion.”

The head of the Ruth Institute and author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives, explained, “The abortion regime, -- which seeks zero regulation or restriction of abortion-- can’t stand on its own. It needs to be constantly propped up by the Sexual State, in this case, the courts.”

Morse elaborated: “The abortion lobby claims it wants women to be able to ‘control their fertility.’ This claim is disingenuous. What the Abortion Lobby really wants is a world where sex and babies are completely disconnected, and sex without babies is an entitlement.”

“This is not the real world,” Morse continued. “That’s why the Abortion Lobby needs to control the State, specifically, the judiciary. Ordinary people, acting through their legislatures, have enacted numerous common-sense pro-life measures. But the Abortion Lobby cannot abide these regulations, no matter how modest they may be.”

“Abortion supporters are terrified of Roe being ‘repealed piecemeal,” as they put it. That’s why they’re fighting the Kavanaugh nomination so fiercely. They need justices who will march in lock-step with supporting their agenda.”


Morse concluded, “We hope the public will see through the media circus these hearings have become. Most normal people don’t want to live with a government committed to the fantasy that everyone is entitled to unlimited sex without a live baby ever resulting.”

The Sexual State, Morse’s latest book, was released in August by TAN Books. Dr. Morse, who has a passion for helping young people avoid the perils of the Sexual Revolution, is a popular campus speaker.

For more information about The Sexual State, please visit thesexualstate.com.

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