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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.


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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).

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Sexual Revolution Enables Abusers like Epstein and McCarrick

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“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).

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Ruth Institute Research on Clerical Sex Abuse Cited by Archbishop Vigano In Washington Post Interview; Jennifer Roback Morse to Appear on EWTN This Evening

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In a June 10 interview with The Washington Post, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano (who was Apostolic Nuncio to the United States from 2011 to 2016) cited the Ruth Institute Study on the correlation between clerical sex abuse and the number of homosexual priests.

Archbishop Vigano called the Institute’s report, conducted by Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D. (Is Catholic clergy sex abuse related to homosexual priests) “One of the most recent and reliable studies.”

The Archbishop said that in the report’s executive summary, Fr. Sullins noted: “The share of homosexual men in the priesthood rose from twice that of the general population in the 1950s to eight times the general population in the 1980s. This trend was strongly correlated with increasing child sex abuse.”

Such recognition in one of the most prominent liberal newspapers in America, but one influential in the nation’s capital, was most welcome.

An interview with Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse Ph.D. will be broadcast on “The World Over” with Raymond Arroyo on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) this evening at 8 pm ET. The interview will focus on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in Baltimore, where clergy sexual abuse is expected to be discussed.

For the Washington Post interview:
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Ruth Institute Summit Focuses on Victims of the Sexual Revolution

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“Divorce and the LGBT subculture have changed the face of America in ways that cry out for thoughtful examination,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of The Ruth Institute. “Our Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution will do just that, with a unique blend of scholarship and personal stories.” The Summit will take place April 26-27, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Testimony on the toxic effects of the LGBT sub-culture will include Moira Greyland, daughter of iconic science fiction writer Marion Zimmer Bradley (author of the Mists of Avalon series). In her autobiography The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon, Greyland exposes how her mother molested her for years. Later, Greyland blew the whistle on her father, who was arrested for abusing an 11-year-old boy. “It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve been able to confront what my parents did to me,” said Greyland, who will receive The Ruth Institute’s “Public Witness of the Year Award,” at a banquet on April 26.

Luis Ruiz is a survivor of the 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Speaking of the Pulse night club attack, Ruiz observed that 49 people were killed, “I was almost 50.” The shock and horror of the tragedy, as well as the knowledge that he was HIV positive, helped Ruiz to turn his life around.

Greyland and Ruiz will share the spotlight with critics and survivors of divorce, including Leila Miller, author of Primal Loss: The Now Adult Children of Divorce Speak and Dr. Stephen Baskerville, professor of government at Patrick Henry College, speaking on “How Does the State Benefit from Your Divorce?”

Other speakers include adult children of divorce and divorce reform advocates, as well as sociologist Fr. D. Paul Sullins, author of The Ruth Institute’s report on clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, and Robert A.J. Gagnon, Professor of New Testament Theology at Houston Baptist University who will receive the Ruth Institute’s “Scholar of the Year Award” at the Awards Dinner Friday evening.

“No one knows more about the history of the sexual revolution than Jennifer Roback Morse, and no organization has shown more compassion toward its many victims than The Ruth Institute,” says Family Research Council Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg. “We welcome this constructive response to the destructive ideologies that have wrought such havoc.”

“The Sexual Revolution is often praised for how it changed America,” said Morse. “But what are those changes? Broken families and increased misery and loneliness. The all-star panels at The Ruth Institute’s Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution are just the first step in exposing the truth about this destructive ideology.”

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact Betsy Kerekes at: media@ruthinstitute.org.

More information on the Summit may be found at: ruthinstitute.org/upcoming-events/survivors-summit.

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Survivors of the Sexual Revolution Summit: Speakers Bring Scholarship and Passion to Crucial Issues

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The Ruth Institute’s first annual Survivors of the Sexual Revolution Summit (April 26-27 in Lake Charles, LA) will include a brilliant array of speakers, among them academics, scholars and authors.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, said: “We are honored to present such an illustrious group of speakers at our first Survivors Summit. Together, they represent decades of research and scholarship on a broad range of issues surrounding the Sexual Revolution.”

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Fr. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D. --- The Rev. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D. is a senior Research Associate of the Ruth Institute. Dr. Sullins is a leader in the field of research on same-sex parenting and its implications for child development. He has written four books and over 100 journal articles, research reports, and essays on issues of family, faith and culture. Dr. Sullins is also the author of The Ruth Institute’s “Study on the Role of ‘Sexual Orientation’ in the Catholic Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal.”
    Formerly an Episcopalian, Dr. Sullins is a married Catholic priest. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Catholic University in 1997 and taught there from 1998 until his retirement. He also serves as Associate Pastor of the Church of Saint Mark the Evangelist in Hyattsville, MD.
    Fr. Sullins will speak on “What’s It Costing Our Children: Clergy Sex Abuse and Gay Parenting by the Numbers.”
  • Stephen Baskerville is a professor of government at Patrick Henry College. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and has held regular appointments at Howard University and Palacky University in the Czech Republic, as well as visiting appointments at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland and the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow.
    Baskerville writes on comparative and international politics and on political ideologies with an emphasis on religion, family policy and sexuality. His books include: The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power and Taken into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage and the Family.
    Baskerville is widely recognized as a leading authority on fatherhood, family policy, and sexual politics.
    Dr. Baskerville will speak on “How No- Fault Divorce Empowers the State.”
  • Leila Miller is a Catholic writer and author whose passion is Church teaching on marriage, family and human sexuality. She is the author of Primal Loss: The Now Adult Children of Divorce Speak, Raising Chaste Catholic Men: Practical Advice, Mom to Mom, and her latest book, coauthored with Trent Horn of Catholic Answers, Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues.
    Mrs. Miller will speak on “The Lifelong Impact of Divorce on Children.”
  • Robert A. J. Gagnon is Professor of New Testament Theology at Houston Baptist University. Previously, he was a tenured Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, teaching there with distinction for 23 years (1994-2017). He has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. His main fields of interest are Pauline theology and sexual issues in the Bible.
    He is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics and co-author (with Dan O. Via) of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views.
    Dr. Gagnon will speak on “What the Bible Really Teaches About Homosexual Activity.” He will also receive the Ruth Institute’s Scholar of the Year Award at the Awards Dinner Friday evening.
  • Moira Greyland plays stunning harp solos and sings beautiful songs including selections from the repertoire of Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli, and Celtic Woman.
    Greyland is the only daughter of bestselling science fiction author and feminist icon Marion Zimmer Bradley (author of The Mists of Avalon series) and author Walter Breen.
    Both of Moira’s parents led lives of unrestrained homosexual sex. Moira’s book discloses that her mother molested her from the time she was three years old until she was 12. Her talk, Growing Up with Gay: Why Christians Promote Chastity will be based on her childhood memoir, The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon.
    Ms. Greyland will receive the Public Witness of the Year Award at the Awards Dinner Friday night. She will also perform the world-premiere of her original song, "The Monster’s Lullaby," based on her experiences.
  • Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse was a 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 world 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 a Ph.D.at the University of Rochester and taught economics at Yale and George Mason Universities.
    Dr. Morse will close the Summit, speaking on “We Can Make A Difference.”

Regarding the program, Morse commented, “It’s hard to imagine a better-credentialed group to refute the Sexual Revolution’s myths. This all-star program will help us arrive at a better understanding of how we got where we are today and what we can do about it.”

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Abused Daughter of Famed Science Fiction Writer to Receive Award at Survivors of the Sexual Revolution Summit

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The Ruth Institute will award Ms. Moira Greyland the Public Witness of the Year Award for her autobiography, The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon. The Ruth Institute will make this award at the kick-off dinner to the First Annual Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution on April 26-27 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Ms. Greyland is the only daughter of bestselling science fiction author and feminist icon, Marion Zimmer Bradley (author of The Mists of Avalon series, among other works). Ms. Greyland’s father, Walter Breen, was also a famous author.

Both of Moira’s parents led lives of unrestrained homosexual sex, which included molesting their own children. Moira’s book discloses that her mother molested her from the time she was three-years-old until she was 12. Moira caught her father in the act of molesting an 11-year-old boy and called the police. Her father died in prison. The rest of her family never forgave her.

Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. praised Greyland for her bravery in exposing the truth of her seemingly perfect family: “We are proud to honor Moira Greyland for her brave and honest book. No sugar-coating here. Besides receiving the Public Witness of the Year Award, Ms. Greyland will be the keynote speaker at our Awards Dinner.”

The Summit will focus on Survivors of Divorce, as well as Survivors of the LGBT sub-culture. The Summit will feature testimonies from people who describe themselves as “once-gay” as well as adult children of divorce and abandoned spouses, who are nonetheless faithful to their marriage vows.

Other speakers will include:

  • Dr. Stephen Baskerville (Professor of Government, Patrick Henry College, author of The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties and the Expansion of Government Power) on “How No-Fault Divorce Empowers the State.”
  • Mrs. Leila Miller (Catholic blogger, mother of eight and author of Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak) on “The Lifelong Impact of Divorce on Children”
  • Jeff Morgan (Divorce Reform Activist) on divorce reform in Texas
  • Dr. Robert Gagnon (Professor of New Testament, Houston Baptist University, author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics) on “What the Church Really Teaches About Homosexual Activity.”
  • Fr. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D. (author of The Ruth Institute’s Clergy Sex Abuse Report) on “The Impact of Same-Sex Parenting on Children, and the Impact of the Homosexual Sub-Culture on Clergy Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church.”

Morse observed “The Summit will rip the mask off the Sexual Revolution, which has left millions of ruined lives in its wake. Besides exposing the seedy truth about the revolution, the Ruth Institute is helping to turn victims into survivors and survivors into activists for the family.”

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“Cardinal Mahony: Listen to the Survivors!” Ruth Institute Prez. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse urges Cardinal Mahony to Read Testimony by Victims of Clerical Sex Abuse Posted on the Ruth Institute Blog

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As part of its campaign to persuade Cardinal Roger Mahony to withdraw as a speaker at Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (March 22-24), Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. urged the Cardinal to read the testimony of survivors posted on the Institute’s blog, Tell Ruth the Truth.

“There Cardinal Mahony will read horrifying accounts of those victimized by  priests, among other predators. One woman said it’s been close to 20 years since she was repeatedly raped by a parish priest as a teenager. She suffers from PTSD and still has occasional flashbacks,” Morse disclosed.

“Though she remains a loyal Catholic, she relates that ‘to this day, looking at the white collar that priests wear sometimes causes anxiety.’ How much more so when Cardinal Mahony (head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011) speaks at a Catholic educational conference where he will interact with young people,” Morse explained.

Dr. Morse emphasized: “Even if the perpetrator was not a priest, the seeming indifference of Church leaders triggers painful memories for childhood sex abuse survivors. These people should be able to attend a religious education gathering without being triggered by the insensitivity of the Church, exemplified by Cardinal Mahony’s presence at the podium.”

Despite an online petition and other appeals, Cardinal Mahony still seems determined to speak at the Congress. A statement released by the L.A. archdiocesan communications director says the Cardinal has “apologized for mistakes of the past.”

Morse responded, “Cardinal Mahony is not acting like a man who is sorry. To call what these victims of clerical sex abuse endured ‘mistakes of the past,’ is insulting to the point of being borderline obscene.”

And Cardinal Mahony was in the thick of the scandal. Says Morse, “He had a terrible record of covering up clergy sex abuse, to the extent that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was forced to pay out $660 million in damages – the largest such settlement in the Church’s history.”

Another victim whose testimony is posted on the Ruth blog writes: “To Cardinal Mahony, I’d like to say, humble yourself, be honest about the past, and repent, both publicly and privately. Don’t make things worse by speaking from a place of authority because you’ve lost the credibility necessary.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit, inter-faith 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.

 

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Ruth Institute President Calls Response to Request That Cardinal Mahony Withdraw from Education Conference “Pathetic”

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“Pathetic.” That’s how Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. characterized the response from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to the Institute’s petition calling on Cardinal Roger Mahony to withdraw as a speaker at the L.A. Religious Education Congress (March 22-24).

“The Cardinal has become a symbol of the mishandling of sex abuse complaints,” said Morse. “For him to address a Catholic education conference at this time is wildly in appropriate.”

Morse notes that, as head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011, “Cardinal Mahony had a terrible record of covering up sex abuse, to such an extent that the Archdiocese was forced to pay $660 million in damages – the largest such settlement in the Church’s history.”

In response to a request from America magazine, Carolina G. Guevara, archdiocesan communications director, stated that Mahony “apologized for mistakes of the past” and “met personally with victims and established a Victims Assistance Office to ensure that they would receive the support to help them through the healing process.”

Said Morse, “To call the horror of clerical sex abuse, and the Cardinal’s role in covering it up, ‘mistakes of the past’ is an understatement of epic proportions.”

“It’s good that Cardinal Mahony met with some victims of crimes he may have helped to cover up,” Morse observed. “But, if he’d acted responsibly when he was in a position of authority, there wouldn’t be as many victims in need of healing. Guevara’s statement is a weak rationalization for inexcusable conduct that diminishes the suffering of victims. Imagine how they will feel when he speaks at a conference where he will, in part, interact with youth.”

Morse added: “For the sake of victims, and the pain that never goes away, the Cardinal should do the decent thing and withdraw from the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit, non-denominational 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.

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

 

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In the aftermath of the four-day Vatican summit on clergy sex abuse, the Ruth Institute renews its call for Roger Cardinal Mahony to withdraw from speaking at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (March 22-24).

 

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

In a recent letter to Cardinal Mahony, Morse notes her work as an advocate for survivors of the sexual revolution, many of whom have suffered from childhood sexual abuse. “Rightly or wrongly, they see you as a symbol of the mishandling of the sexual abuse of children by the clergy,” Morse said in her letter to Cardinal Mahony.

The Ruth Institute, an inter-faith, pro-family organization combatting the Sexual Revolution and clerical sex abuse, is also sponsoring a petition asking retired Cardinal Mahony to withdraw from the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the largest Catholic gathering in the US.

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.

Dr. Morse stated, “The Cardinal’s participation in the Religious Education Congress is an insult to the victims of clergy sex abuse, and all Catholic faithful. It is also out of step with the Church’s attempts to address the crisis, reflected in the summit at the Vatican.”

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.”

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Ruth Institute Asks Cardinal Mahony to Withdraw from Los Angeles Religious Education Congress

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On February 15, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, sent a letter to Cardinal Roger Mahony, asking him to withdraw as a speaker at the upcoming Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (March 21-24, 2019) at the Anaheim Convention Center.

In her letter, Morse notes her work as an advocate for survivors of the sexual revolution, many of whom have suffered from childhood sexual abuse. “Rightly or wrongly, they see you as a symbol of the mishandling of the sexual abuse of children by the clergy,” Morse told Mahony.

Cardinal Mahony was archbishop of Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011. In 2013, he was barred from any public ministry in Los Angeles by his successor, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez.

At the time, an article in the National Catholic Reporter said the move reflected, “Mahony’s alleged failures to protect young people from sexually abusive priests – documented in court filings in recent years.”

In light of this, Morse said it was difficult to comprehend why Cardinal Mahony was invited to address the Congress in the first place.

That aside, she said his appearance at an event geared in part to youth is “deeply hurtful” to victims of clerical sexual abuse. Morse told the Cardinal that withdrawing from speaking at the Congress “would be showing respect for the feelings of people who have already suffered too much.”

The Ruth Institute is the sponsor of an online petition calling for Cardinal Mahony’s withdrawal.

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