Press Releases

Ruth Institute's press releases


Ruth Institute President Calls for Stricter Sentencing for Convicted S*x Offender

Update! Shortly after sending this press release, we learned that the re-sentencing hearing for Fr. Michael Guidry has been postponed until September 19. We are appalled by this delay, which only prolongs the suffering of Guidry’s victims. We call for a speedy resolution of this issue: the maximum sentence allowable by law for Fr. Michael Guidry.


For more information, contact: Rachel Golden info@ruthinstitute.org

In April, Fr. Michael Guidry pleaded guilty in Opelousas, Louisiana, to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. Guidry was sentenced to seven years in prison, out of the ten-year maximum sentence.

Fr. Guidry has requested, and been granted, a hearing to reconsider his sentence. The hearing will take place July 18.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., President of the Ruth Institute, will attend the hearing. Dr. Morse is an outspoken critic of clergy sexual abuse and cover up. She is also a passionate advocate for the victims of the sexual revolution, including victims of clergy sexual abuse.


Morse believes the sentence should not be reconsidered. “The family and other victims had achieved some degree of closure and relief from the April 30th sentencing of Fr. Guidry. Going back into court undoes the sense of finality, and revictimizes those who have already been through so much,” Morse said.

Morse explained: “When I say ‘victims’ -- plural -- I include Oliver Peyton, the immediate victim, who woke up to find Fr. Guidry performing a sex act on him. I also include Oliver’s family and the members of the community, who were shocked and disheartened by the revelation that the abuser, a priest in his 70s, had betrayed their trust.”

“Lastly, I’m talking about the victims of child sex abuse everywhere who have been watching this case. Every new case, such as Fr. Guidry’s, can be a traumatic and ‘triggering’ event, especially for those who suffer PTSD symptoms. Every slap-on-the-wrist sentence revictimizes the victims. If the judge wishes to reconsider this sentence, I sincerely hope he will resentence Fr. Guidry to the 10-year maximum permitted by law."

Morse noted: “No new facts have emerged. Fr Guidry is still as guilty as he was in April when Judge Harris originally sentenced him. I will drive to Opelousas to say so in the presence of Oliver Peyton’s family, and anyone else who cares to listen.”

The Ruth Institute works to empower victims and survivors of the sexual revolution – including victims of divorce, abuse and the LGBT culture. In April, the Institute held the first-ever Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where the Ruth Institute has its international headquarters.

Dr. Morse’s latest book is The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives (and how the Church was Right All Along).

For more information on the Ruth Institute: http://www.ruthinstitute.org/.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse: media@ruthinstitute.org.

Sexual Revolution Enables Abusers like Epstein and McCarrick

For more information, contact: Rachel Golden info@ruthinstitute.org

“The Sexual Revolution says we’re all entitled to sex. But who actually believes such a thing? The rapist, that’s who!” --Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, President of the Ruth Institute.

Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse Ph.D. said that Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein and former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick were all enabled by society’s acceptance of the ideology of the sexual revolution.

Writing in the July 10th National Catholic Register, Morse noted that all three were aided by “a belief system that claims that sex is an entitlement. They operated according to the tenets of the most powerful ideology in the world: the ideology of the sexual revolution.”

Morse urged us to reject the rationalization that, “The rich and powerful have always been able to buy their way out of problems.”

Yes, wealth, fame and power aided predators like Epstein. But the tenets of the sexual revolution softened up their victims. These tenets include: Sex is no more than a physical act. What are you ashamed of? And everyone is entitled to do whatever they can get away with.

“This toxic belief system is destroying individual lives and leading to social chaos,” Morse observed.

The Ruth Institute opposes this with “The Catholic belief system which tells us no one is entitled to sex. Children are entitled to a relationship with both of their parents. Women and men are entitled to the love and loyalty of their spouses.”

“Our belief system of traditional Christian sexual ethics has made us Public Enemy No. 1 of the sexual revolutionaries,” Morse added.

The Ruth Institute works to empower survivors of the sexual revolution – including victims of divorce, abuse and the LGBT culture. In April, the Institute held the first-ever Survivors’ Summit in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The Institute has been particularly effective in researching the crisis of clerical sex abuse, with its reports on homosexuality and the priesthood being cited around the world. In a June 10 story, The Washington Post quoted Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano on the importance of the Institute’s research.

Since the beginning of 2019, Dr. Morse has addressed leaders and activists at the Family Research Council and been interviewed on the Mike Huckabee Show on TBN and “The World Over” with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN.

Her latest book is The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives (and how the Church was Right All Along).

For more information on the Ruth Institute: ruthinstitute.org.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.

 


Ruth Institute Sends Roses to Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson for His Stalwart Defense of Catholic Teaching

For more information, contact: Rachel Golden info@ruthinstitute.org

The Ruth Institute sent two dozen white roses to Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson for his defense of Catholic teaching in the case of a teacher at the city’s Cathedral High School involved in a “same-sex marriage.”

As Archbishop Thompson requested, the teacher in question has been separated from the school.

A statement from the Archdiocese said, “The issue is not about sexual orientation; rather, it is about our expectation that all personnel inside a Catholic school — who are ministers of the faith — abide by all Church teachings, including the nature of marriage.”

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. said Roses from Ruth are “presented in gratitude for upholding the Church’s teachings on life, marriage and human sexuality.”

Morse added: “In an era when the media does its best to enforce cultural orthodoxy, courageous defenders of Catholic doctrine deserve an expression of our gratitude.”

Past recipients of Roses from Ruth, which was started in 2016, have included Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Diocese of Richmond, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Ore.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family in the public arena and build a Civilization of Love.

 

For more information on the Ruth Institute, click here.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.


Ruth Institute Partners With LifeSiteNews on “Keep-Our-Father” Petition to Pope Francis

For more information, contact: Rachel Golden info@ruthinstitute.org

In conjunction with LifeSiteNews, the Ruth Institute is promoting an online petition asking Pope Francis not to change the English words of the Our Father.

The Pontiff has approved changing the Italian translation. There are reports that – with little input from Bible scholars – he plans to make the same changes in the English version -- from “Lead us not into temptation” to “Do not abandon us to temptation.”

The petition (posted on Life Petitions) reads in part:

“We’ve learned the words of our prayers from our mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, our priests, nuns and brothers. Please don’t break this precious connection with these cherished people, with our tradition and our past. Please don’t replace these beloved words.”

The petition notes that “Jesus gave us these words,” as recorded by Matthew and Luke in Greek, and in Latin by St. Jerome and faithfully translated into English by “our distant ancestors.”

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. said that while the Institute usually deals with political and social issues, “This petition is important because faith is the foundation of our lives. It permeates everything, including the Ruth Institute’s work for the family.”

Dr. Morse continued, “This petition is respectful of Pope Francis and his office. We wish to convey to him that the faithful of the English-speaking world are attached to the words of the Lord’s Prayer. The proposed change will create unnecessary confusion and division in an already confused and divided church.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family in the public arena and build a Civilization of Love.

For more information on the Ruth Institute, click here.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.

Support the Ruth Institute