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Ruth Inst: Commission on Unalienable Rights Did a Good, not Great, Job

The United States Commission on Unalienable Rights has issued its long-awaited report, and, not surprisingly, sexual radicals have launched an all-out attack.

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse stated: “We applaud the Commission for an excellent exposition of the origins of human rights. But we wish it had gone further and issued a strong defense of the natural rights that are currently under assault.”

The Commission’s report pointedly did not mention the right to life, or children’s rights to a relationship with both of their parents, or parents’ rights to educate their children.


 

“Sexual radicals will not be satisfied by anything less than total surrender to their ideological agenda,” Morse said. “No sooner was the report issued than groups like Planned Parenthood and the LGBT Human Rights Campaign began attacking it. Instead of trying to avoid controversy, the Commission should have come out unequivocally for the rights to life and man-woman marriage.”

Morse noted: “The sexual ideologues called the Report an attempt to ‘substitute the ideology of the administration’ for recognition and protection of reproductive and LGBT rights as ‘human rights imperatives.’ These ‘imperatives’ are pure fantasy.”

Morse continued, “The rights they assert to be ‘universal’ were created by activist courts and were unknown a few decades ago. The right to life and the definition of marriage are based on natural law and were recognized in U.S. law until overturned by bad Supreme Court decisions.”

“The distinguished Commission on Unalienable Rights did an admirable job of tracing the development of rights in the United States,” Morse explained. “Then it stopped short of defending the right to life.” The Commission was appointed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to advise the State Department on the origins of human rights, to help it in its dealings with foreign governments and international bodies.

The Ruth Institute supported the creation of the Commission. The Ruth Institute’s Rev. Mark Hodges testified before it, and Dr. Morse testified at a hearing on February 21st. At that time, she presented Chairman Mary Ann Glendon of the Harvard Law School with a petition signed by more than 8,000 activists and leaders (including Gov. Mike Huckabee and Alveda King – the niece of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) calling on the Commission to support an understanding of rights related to the family, including:

  • The right of every child to a relationship with his or her natural mother and father except for an unavoidable tragedy
  • The right of every person to know the identity of his or her biological parents
  • The right to life from conception to natural death
  • The right of parents to educate their own children in their faith tradition and values without being undermined by the state.

Click here for the Ruth Institute’s press release on the presentation of its Make the Family Great Again Petition.

  • The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.
  • To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.


“Individuals with a Cervix” is the Latest Effort to Erase Women, Ruth Inst. Charges

“I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., regarding CNN using the expression “individuals with a cervix” instead of women, in a story about screenings for cervical cancer.

“We have come to expect this kind of nonsense from CNN. It’s no wonder CNN is at the bottom of the cable-news heap, with roughly half the viewership of FOX News.”

Morse continued, “I was really disappointed to see that the CNN story was a direct report from the American Cancer Society’s premier journal. The medical profession, including venerable organizations like the American Cancer Society, has gone all-in for the Sexual Revolution.”


“Increasingly, the Ruling Class and the Beautiful People of society avoid saying ‘man’ and ‘woman,’ to avoid offending men who say they are women,” said Morse. “In May, a UN official said we need to make language more ‘gender-neutral’ by avoiding words like ‘husband’ and ‘wife,’” she explained.

Morse urged: “CNN and the American Cancer Society need to get a grip on reality. There are two, and only two, sexes – male and female. A man doesn’t become a woman by wanting to be one, or by mutilating his body with hormones and surgery, none of which alters his DNA.”

Morse continued: “Only women can get cervical cancer, because only a woman has a cervix. Why is that so hard to understand? For decades progressives have claimed to be empowering women. Now they are erasing them and pretending that male and female are ‘social constructs.’ The Sexual Revolution was never really about empowering women.”

“There seems to be no end to CNN’s language-manipulation. Instead of saying ‘baby,’ it once used the expression ‘a fetus that was born,’ referring to protections for infants that survive an abortion,” Morse said.

“Just because CNN ‘self-identifies’ as a news channel doesn’t make it one.”

See also “Ruth Institute Rejects UN ‘Gender-Neutral Language’ Manipulation.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

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


Ruth Inst. Says Removing Margaret Sanger’s Name Won’t Mean Fewer Black Babies Killed

August 3, 2020

For Immediate Release

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Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., called Planned Parenthood’s announcement that Margaret Sanger’s name will be taken off its Manhattan clinic “an important gesture, but still just a token. In New York City, there will still be almost as many abortions of black children each year as live births.”

With the renewed emphasis on removing vestiges of past racism, it’s hard to ignore Sanger’s history. “The mother of the U.S. population control movement – who’s often described as an abortion pioneer – was a dedicated eugenicist,” Morse explained. “As such, she believed in keeping down populations she considered ‘racially inferior.’ That meant non-whites.”


Sanger made no attempt to hide her beliefs. Even Adolf Hitler was aware of her views. She was one of only two Americans he praised, along with anti-Semitic conspiratorialist Henry Ford.

“If she was alive, Margaret Sanger would be thrilled by the effect of abortion in the United States,” Morse noted. “African American women account for roughly 13% of the total population, but 38% of all abortions performed in this country. It’s been conservatively estimated that since Roe v. Wade, more than 20 million abortions have been performed on African Americans – more than the entire black population of the United States in 1960.”

Sanger’s views aren’t confined to a benighted past. In 2009, Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the Court’s most liberal members, said that one reason for Roe was “concern about population growth and particularly growth of populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”

“Who was she talking about, I wonder?” Morse asked sardonically, “Blue-eyed, blondes?”

“Taking Sanger’s name off its Manhattan clinic changes nothing. Planned Parenthood will still locate its clinics in poor minority neighborhoods. People of color will still suffer disproportionately from abortion. Besides, helping poor people means expanding their opportunities, not killing their children,” Morse charged.

The Ruth Institute’s 2020 Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution (July 17-18) included a discussion of proven social science research about post-abortion trauma by Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., the Ruth Institute’s Senior Research Associate.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

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

 


Ruth Inst: Prof. Mike Adams’ Death Shows Academic Establishment’s Fear of Truth

July 28, 2020

For Immediate Release

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Commenting on the tragic death of University of North Carolina Professor Mike Adams, Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said, “Mike was a constant irritant to the cultural ruling class. The Academic Establishment hates being challenged, especially by someone truthful and funny.”

Professor Adams, a 27-year teaching veteran, was found dead in his home, apparently of a gunshot wound. He was a tenured professor of sociology and criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and an author, public speaker and frequent contributor to conservative publications.

“His uncompromising opposition to abortion, feminism, LGBTQ activism and the trans movement made him a regular target of the Establishment,” Morse observed. “He made them look ridiculous, which joyless ideologues simply cannot abide.”


“Reporting on his death, the media describe Adams’ tweets as ‘controversial’ and ‘provocative.’ However, they never disproved the truth underlying his humor,” Morse added.

Among Adams’ tweets was: “The violent outrage of white liberals taking to the streets is brought to you by your local university. None of this would be possible without the encouragement of academic extremists who have hijacked the system of higher education.”

“Can any serious person deny this?” Morse said.

Speaking of the COVID shutdown, Adams wrote: “Presently a woman can get her baby cut out of the womb in North Carolina. But she cannot go to a salon to get her hair cut.”

Morse noted: “North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is on record supporting infanticide. So which part of Mike’s statement is untrue?”

One of Adam’s media critics wrote: “He called trans people mentally ill and asserted that any doctor willing to help with gender-reassignment surgery should be charged with mutilating a mentally ill person.”

Morse responded: “Anyone who thinks it’s normal for a man to have his penis cut off or a woman to have healthy breasts removed needs a serious reality check.”

The university forced Adams, 55, into early retirement. In recent weeks, friends said he was “under a lot of stress.”

“No kidding,” said Morse. “The stress came from his persecution. In any other context, this would be called workplace harassment.”

Morse concluded: “The academic totalitarians took another conservative scalp. A brave man has left us too soon. An eloquent voice has been stilled. Professor Mike Adams, rest in peace.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

The Institute recently held its 2020 Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution (July 17-18), which included discussions of abortion and transgenderism, along with pornography, population control and sexual abuse. Videos from the Summit will be available in mid-August.

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


Ruth Institute’s 2020 Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution an Overwhelming Success

July 22, 2020

For Immediate Release

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The Ruth Institute’s 2020 Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution (July 17-18) overcame last-minute challenges to emerge as an historic contribution to the cause of educating the public about the millions of lives damaged by the Sexual Revolution.

“Despite new restrictions on public gatherings in Louisiana, announced by our governor only the week before the event, our 2020 Summit was more successful than we could have hoped,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.


Morse explained that the Summit was a hybrid event, with in-person participation in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and online involvement. “None of the evils we confronted – pornography, sexual abuse, gender confusion, coercive population control and dramatically falling fertility – are going to call a time-out for a pandemic,” Morse observed.

The Summit included an Ambassador’s Program (intensive leadership training, by invitation only), an Awards Banquet and the Summit itself. Sessions included Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse -- Surviving Pornography -- Surviving the LGBT Sub-Culture -- and Reporting from the Trenches on the Transgender Movement.

Among the topics covered in the Ambassador’s training program were: Understanding the Global Sexual RevolutionMedical Tragedies of the Sexual RevolutionSocial Science Evidence About the Sexual Revolution – and Human Rights Catastrophes of the Sexual Revolution: Population Control and Demographic Winter.

The speakers and panelists included experts as well as those offering personal testimony, among them: Dr. Michelle Cretella (Executive Director, American College of Pediatricians), Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D. (former Professor of Sociology at Catholic University of America and Senior Research Associate at the Ruth Institute), Dr. Paul Church (former Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School), Sue Ellen Browder (a journalist and author of Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement), Luis Ruiz (a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shootings who subsequently left the LGBT lifestyle), Faith Hakesley (a victim of rape by a Catholic priest who met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), Brandon Showalter (a journalist who has written extensively on the trans movement), Melea Stephens (a family therapist and board member of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation) and Attorney Cathy Cleaver Ruse (formerly Pro-Life Spokesman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops now Senior Fellow for Legal Studies at the Family Research Council).

Morse summed up the importance of having a live event during the time of COVID: “The relationships and friendships formed were invaluable. Although we were delighted to offer online participation to those who weren’t able to join us in person, including some of our speakers, there are distinct advantages that come from being physically present in a conference room with leaders and activists who are working on the same issues and share your perspective.”

“They need and deserve to have their values defended with research, analysis and personal anecdotes,” Morse said, “and we were grateful to be in a position to do just that.”

Recordings from the summit will be available on-line in the not too distant future.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

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


Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution (July 17-18) Will Be an Historic Event

July 16, 2020

For Immediate Release

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“Despite the rapidly changing COVID landscape here in Louisiana, we’re pleased to announce that the Ruth Institute’s 2020 Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution will take place as planned, tomorrow, July 17 – with an awards banquet in the evening-- and Saturday, July 18, in Lake Charles,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., president of the Ruth Institute.

The Summit will be a hybrid event with both in-person participation and live-streaming. It will present an analysis of the many ways the Sexual Revolution attacks both the individual and the family, and will include the testimony of survivors.

Morse explained: “The Sexual Revolution has brought in its wake a host of pathologies and addictions. We’ll be looking at some of the most destructive of these.”

Presentations and panels will include:


  • Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse – The future of health and the family depends on ending it. No one will do this but us! Presented by Dr. Morse and Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D.
  • Pornography as a Public Health Crisis – “Protecting Young Eyes: Tools for Parents and Other Educators” presented by Melea Stephens (marriage and family therapist) and Chris McKenna (youth minister).
  • Surviving the LGBT Subculture: Medical Issues – includes health risks associated with common sexual activity among same-sex partners as well as through understanding medical issues involved in so-called “gender affirmation medical treatments,” presented by Dr. Michelle Cretella, MD.
  • Reporting on the Transgender Movement -- a report from the front lines, including stories from parents of gender-confused children, “resisters” (individuals who lived as the opposite sex and stopped), resistance within the medical profession and surprising new allies, presented by journalist Brandon Showalter.

The program will also include activists’ panels, question and answer sessions and general discussions.

Among the participants on the Surviving the LGBT Subculture panel is Doug Mainwaring, a journalist, and Luis Ruiz, who survived the Pulse Nightclub shootings. Both left the LGBT subculture.

“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear both expert analysis and first-hand testimony on the trauma inflicted by the Sexual Revolution,” Morse said. “The emphasis will be on healing.”

Click here for a complete program.

To register for in-person participation or live-streaming, click here.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives.

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


Experts and Witnesses to Speak at Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution, July 17-18

July 13, 2020

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.

“They may not be household names, but they have crucial information and first-hand experience about what the Sexual Revolution has done to individuals and society,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., President of The Ruth Institute, in describing the speakers for the upcoming Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution, July 17-18 in Lake Charles, LA.

“Our speakers include professionals who have worked with these issues for years, and survivors who can bear witness to the trauma of a movement sold as liberation that’s resulted in the physical and spiritual enslavement of millions,” Morse said.

The speakers include:

Dr. Paul Church – a practicing urologist for over 35 years and Asst. Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School who was fired for challenging his colleagues to tell the truth about the health consequences of LGBTQ behavior.

Sue Ellen Browder – a former Cosmopolitan journalist who’s appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows (including Oprah, The Today Show and EWTN) and is the author of the recently published Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement.


Tracy Shannon -- When her husband of 15 years left her to live as a woman, she decided to combat the new sexual morality. As Director of MassResistance Texas, she’s fought Drag Queen Story Hours in libraries across the state.

Fr Paul Sullins, Ph.D. – Senior Research Associate of the Ruth Institute and a retired sociology professor who’s done pioneering work on the impact of same-sex parenting on children and the relationship between clergy sex abuse and homosexual ordination within the Catholic priesthood.

Dr. Michelle Cretella MD. – a pediatrician and full-time Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians. Dr. Cretella is one of the world’s most outspoken critics of the gender ideology in pediatrics and the author of “Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate” in the Summer 2016 issue of Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Luis Ruiz – wounded in the 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando, in which 50 died and 58 were injured. While hospitalized, he learned he was HIV-positive, causing him to reevaluate his life, leave the homosexual lifestyle, and return to the church in which he grew up. He now shares his message with audiences across the country.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. -- founder of the Ruth Institute, a global non-profit organization that defends the family at home and in the public square and equips others to do the same. She 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 five books and spoken around the globe on marriage, family and human sexuality. Her latest book is The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Why the Church was Right All Along. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Rochester, taught economics at Yale and George Mason Universities and was named one of the “Catholic Stars of 2013” on a list that included Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.

Click here for the complete program for the 2020 Summit.

Click here to register to attend in person or by live streaming.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

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


Ruth Inst. Congratulates Gov. Edwards, Will Move Forward with Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution

July 9, 2020

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., President of the Ruth Institute, today congratulated and thanked Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on his wise and judicious approach to dealing with the coronavirus. Morse also announced that the organization will move forward with its Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution (July 17-18) in Lake Charles, LA.

Morse noted the recent increase in COVID cases in Louisiana and Gov. Edwards’ call for increased vigilance to prevent the spread of the virus. “We’ve decided to move ahead with a live event – as well as streaming – because the health of the family is as important as the physical health of society,” Morse said.


“None of the evils we’re confronting – pornography, sexual abuse, gender confusion and other consequences of the Sexual Revolution – are going to call a time-out for a pandemic,” she added.

Morse stated further, “Gov. Edwards’ approach is in tune with the sensibilities of the people, and respectful of our constitutional rights. He is treating us like adult citizens, not like children or subjects. He recognizes that people have spiritual, economic, social and emotional needs, as well as medical needs. And we intend to be good citizens.”

These are some of the precautionary measures the Ruth Institute will take at the Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution:

  1. Limit attendance at the venue to roughly one-quarter capacity to maintain social distancing.
  2. Encourage everyone to wear a face mask, as requested by our governor.
  3. Have disposable single-use coverings for all microphones.
  4. Make bottles of hand sanitizer available.
  5. No live music or dancing, as we originally planned.

People can also participate online with Virtual All Access passes. Or people can sign up to hold “Watch Parties” of up to 10 people in the comfort and safety of their own homes. To register yourself or your Watch Party, go here, and click the yellow Register button. Look for "Watch Party" or "Virtual Conference Pass."

“We must do everything reasonably possible to help stop the spread of this contagion,” Morse said. “But we will be moving forward with our most important conference of the year – the Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution, July 17-18 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. We will heed medical advice, follow local regulations, and trust in God as always.”

For the complete Summit program visit: http://www.ruthinstitute.org/summit-2020

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives.

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

 

 



Ruth Institute Bucks the Trend: Holds Live Event, with Virtual “Watch Parties”

The Ruth Institute is undaunted by the coronavirus shutdowns, lockdowns and regulations. The Third Annual Awards Dinner and Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution (July 17-18) will be a live event in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with on-line options. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., president of the Ruth Institute, stated, “We are determined to create opportunities for pro-family activists to get together, either in person at this live event, or online in small groups, as permitted by their local health regulations.”

Morse said: “The Summit will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help redefine the family movement. The encounter with experts and their analysis, the first-hand testimony of survivors, and the experience of veteran activists will inspire participants. They will come away with a wealth of information on how to get involved and make a difference, as well as inspirational stories from those who’ve survived the plagues of sexual abuse, pornography, the LGBT sub-culture and the transgender movement.”

Participants can connect with the Summit activities as an individual virtual participant or host a Watch Party of up to 10 participants. The “Watch Party” option is the Ruth Institute’s innovative response to the Coronavirus situation.

The Watch Party Package includes:


 

  • An autographed copy of Dr. Morse's visionary book, The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives and How the Church Was Right All Along
  • A digital copy of the top “Take-Away Facts You’ve Got to Know” -- resources compiled from the conference speakers
  • Special Cajun-themed surprises to enjoy while you watch us in Louisiana!
  • All the benefits of the Individual "Virtual Conference Pass"

 

The "Virtual Conference Pass" includes:

  • Direct access to the foremost Pro-Family thinkers, activists, and survivors of the Sexual Revolution
  • Instant access to the Friday Awards Dinner and Saturday Sessions
  • Live Q&A with Dr. Morse and other speakers on July 18th
  • On-demand access to the recorded sessions
  • The latest scientific research backing up the time-honored traditions currently under assault

To register yourself or your Watch Party, go here, and click the yellow Register button. Look for "Watch Party" or "Virtual Conference Pass." If you’re a member of the media, type in the special Code: WATCH.

Dr. Morse stressed, “Our live event will be in full compliance with all local health regulations. People need have no fear about attending in person. Pro-family activists who desire virtual options, for any reason, can still fully participate.”

Among the Summit speakers on Saturday July 18 are Journalist Doug Mainwaring and Pulse Nightclub shooting survivor Luis Ruiz (both left the LGBT subculture), Dr. Michelle Cretella, M.D. (American College of Pediatricians), Journalist Brandon Showalter (Christian Post), Dr. Morse, Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D. (Ruth Institute Research Associate), Melea Stephens (National Center on Sexual Exploitation), and Chris McKenna (Covenant Eyes).

Friday, July 17, the evening before the Summit, the Awards Dinner will feature a keynote speech by Sue Ellen Browder, a journalist and author of Subverted: How I helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement.

These inspiring speakers and discussions will empower you to have greater impact as we all #FightForFamily.

For the complete Summit program visit: http://www.ruthinstitute.org/summit-2020

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives.

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

 

 



New Report Reveals Increase in Abuse by Catholic Priests

Ruth Institute Research Associate, Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., responded to the newly released 2019 Annual Report from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the independent lay National Review Board (NRB) about on-going clerical sex abuse.

“The report showed a significant increase in both allegations and findings of sexual abuse by priests. The Ruth Institute, along with the National Review Board, believes this is due to a lack of sufficient oversight. Clergy sex abuse is out of the news. We think it should be news.”

Fr. Sullins has dealt extensively with this issue, having done reports on clerical sex abuse in 2018 and 2019. His analysis of the findings and recommendations from this latest report can be found here.


In summary, Fr. Sullins noted:

1. Cases of current, ongoing abuse: 37 -- almost three times as many allegations as have been reported in any previous year of the audit.

2. New reports of past abuse: 4,434 previously unreported incidents of abuse, in some cases going back decades, which were only made known in 2019.

3. Priests removed permanently from priestly ministry: 142 -- about one-tenth of all new priests ordained in the past decade.

4. The percentage of male and female victims is now roughly equal. In years past, the victims were predominately male.

The Ruth Institute endorses the recommendations of the National Review Board, which provides the USCCB these reports on an annual basis:

1. Every diocese should mandate parish-level audits. Currently, only 60% of dioceses require these audits.

2. Every diocese should require ongoing training and renewal of background checks. Currently, 25% and 15% respectively do not meet these requirements.

3. Clergy and laity must remain fully engaged about the safety of children and faithfulness of clergy.

Ruth Institute President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse Ph.D., concluded: “Given the tragic history of the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, which scarred the lives of so many, we must not become complacent. We must be vigilant to ensure no repetition of the scandals of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ’90s.”

Fr. Sullins will address the Ruth Institute’s 2020 Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution (July 17-18 in Lake Charles, LA) on social science evidence about the Sexual Revolution, including the latest information on clergy sex abuse, as well as post-abortion trauma.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

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

 

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