Ruth Speaks Out

This blog is maintained by the Ruth Institute. It provides a place for our Circle of Experts to express themselves. This is where the scholars, experts, students and followers of the Ruth Institute engage in constructive dialogue about the issues surrounding the Sexual Revolution. We discuss public policy, social practices, legal doctrines and much more.


Ruth Inst: Blatant Judge Bias in “Trans” Athletes Case

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., called Judge Chatigny’s order requiring plaintiffs’ attorneys to refer to male athletes as “trans-female” outrageous.

Alliance Defending Freedom is challenging a Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference decision allowing male athletes who “identify” as female to compete in the girls’ division.

ADF is representing three girls who maintain it’s unfair to force them to compete against boys.

Morse observed, “You don’t need a degree in physiology to see that boys have an advantage in athletic contests due to their superior strength and speed. No amount of politically correct thinking can change that.” She notes that two “transgender male” sprinters together have won a total of 15 girls indoor and outdoor championships in Connecticut since 2017.


Morse added, "These young men say they are females trapped in a male body. Be that as it may, their male bodies are competing against girl bodies. No legal dictate can change this obvious fact."

The Ruth Institute agrees with the ADF motion asking the federal judge hearing the case to recuse himself.

“In his ruling on language, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny is demanding that lawyers for the plaintiffs adopt the language of their opponents, such as ‘trans-female,’” Morse said. “Judge Chatigny has clearly signaled that his mind is made up on the case, and that, regardless of the evidence ADF presents, he intends to allow the CIAC’s rule to stand.”

Connecticut is one of 17 states that allows students to compete in their division of choice without any restrictions. The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a statement of interest in the case, stating: “Allowing biological males to compete in all-female sports deprives women of the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in sports, and is fundamentally unfair to female athletes.”

Morse added: “The idea that individuals can change their sex is a basic tenet of the Sexual Revolution. In reality, the athletes the judge refers to as ‘trans-female’ were born male, are male, and will remain male until the day they die, no matter how they describe themselves and whatever an activist judge orders.”

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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.: “Once Again, Sexual Revolution is Taxpayer-Funded”

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said she was appalled that Planned Parenthood affiliates received $80 million in forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program and applauded the Trump Administration for demanding return of the funding.

Morse declared: “As an organization with more than 500 employees, Planned Parenthood doesn’t qualify for the program. Moreover, I don’t think this is the type of ‘business’ Congress and the administration had in mind when stimulus spending was authorized.”

In 2017-2018, Planned Parenthood performed 332,757 abortions. That year, it had $1.9 billion in assets. As independent filmmaker David Daleiden showed, a number of affiliates of the abortion giant made money selling aborted baby parts.

“The Sexual Revolution is largely supported by taxpayer dollars and government mandates,” Morse explained. “Contraception is an Obamacare mandate. Government agencies like the New York City Health Department promote the weirdest perversions imaginable. Public libraries provide a forum for Drag Queen Story Hour. And public education includes taxpayer-funded sex education that amounts to indoctrination and propaganda.”


Morse continued: “The Sexual Revolution is driven by elites who have forced the people to finance the destruction of their moral code. Billionaire donors like George Soros, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett finance abortion, contraception and sexual indoctrination. But they also spend their resources manipulating the political process to get funded by the US Treasury. Planned Parenthood’s brazen application for support from the Paycheck Protection Program shows how accustomed they are to feeding at the federal trough.

“These elites are so entrenched in the corridors of power that even in the Trump Administration, they found a way to get their hands on funding intended to keep small businesses and their employees going during the coronavirus shutdown.”

Morse said she was encouraged that the Small Business Administration is demanding that Planned Parenthood affiliates return the funds they received. She also called for safeguards to be put in place to prevent this from happening in the future.

See our March 24 release, “NYC Health Dept. Caters to Sex Addicts.”

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, email media@ruthinstitute.org.


Ruth Inst: Tragedy of Ukrainian Babies Should Make Us Seriously Question Surrogacy

“It’s heartrending to see pictures of babies stuck in a nursery in Ukraine,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. “These children were born to surrogate mothers. But due to a ban on foreign travel, caused by the coronavirus, foreign families aren’t able to claim the babies for which they contracted.”

Surrogacy is a thriving business in Ukraine. It’s estimated that each year between 2,000 and 2,500 surrogates produce babies for foreign families. For this, they receive between $15,000 and $17,000. The companies that act as go-betweens get twice that amount.

“What should be the result of love between two people becomes a commercial transaction, where money is paid and a product delivered,” said Morse. “The child will likely never know the identity of his birth mother. He’ll never know his heritage.”


“The surrogate mother is paid to rent her womb for nine months. In poor countries like Ukraine, $15,000 to $17,000 is hard to resist. The companies that facilitate the transaction are exploiting these women,” Morse said.

She continued: “The most important immediate problem is finding a way to get these children out. If they remain institutionalized in Ukraine, who can say what will become of them.”

“After that, the public – in both the United States and Europe, where the market exists -- must begin to face the hard questions about surrogacy, which is now a $30-billion global business. Surrogacy should be banned, though the Ukrainian company is in full compliance with its government’s regulations. The buying and selling of babies is so egregious, however, you can’t put enough regulatory band-aids on it. This business does not belong in a humane society,” Morse said.

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See the Ruth Institute’s May 6 release on Anderson Cooper and surrogacy.

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.

See The Ruth Institute pamphlet, “Children and Donor Conception and Assisted Reproduction.”

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


What’s Love Got to Do With It — Surrogacy for the Rich and Famous

by Jennifer Roback Morse

COMMENTARY: Anderson Cooper’s recent acquisition of a child through surrogacy underscores that surrogacy is inherently unfair.

This article was first posted May 14, 2020, at NCRegister.com.

Just before Mother’s Day, CNN newscaster Anderson Cooper, who is openly gay and super-rich, announced that he “became a father.” Named Wyatt, Cooper’s son will probably never celebrate Mother’s Day.

The irony was not lost on celebrated novelist Joyce Carol Oates, who tweeted:


“You’d think that dear Anderson was both father and mother (how strange for the mother who’d been pregnant for 9 months, delivered a baby, presented Anderson with the baby and is now gone”).

This unleashed a torrent of abuse on Twitter. Oates was called “homophobic,” “vile” and “loony tunes.” Challenge a sacred cow of the Sexual Revolution and its unthinking acolytes get hysterical. But Joyce Carol Oates is more correct than her critics. This surrogacy arrangement erases both the gestational mother and the genetic mother.

The son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt had baby Wyatt with an unnamed surrogate. While Cooper expressed eternal gratitude to her, she has no right to the child she carried for nine months and will probably never see again. Yes, he says he is happy to have her and her whole family as part of his family. But when push comes to shove (as it often does in these cases) she has no legal rights whatsoever.

That’s just the gestational mother. Meanwhile, the genetic mother, most likely a completely different person, has also been completely erased. The woman who sold her eggs so that Cooper could “become a father” is a legal stranger to Wyatt. He may have her eyes or her dimples or her freckles. But this woman, too, is out of the picture.

Cooper had a partner, Benjamin Maisani, but they parted company in 2018. Cooper told People magazine, “Benjamin is going to be a co-parent to Wyatt, even though we’re not together anymore, but, you know, he's my family and I want him to be Wyatt's family, as well.”

Will this be in Cooper’s home, Maisani’s home or neutral territory? I have to wonder, as well, what Maisani’s legal status will be. Is he on little Wyatt’s birth certificate? Will the family court recognize Maisani as “family,” in the event of a dispute over Wyatt’s care? These blissful “alternative families” have a way of breaking down under the daily stress of parenting.

But maybe there won’t be too much stress. The CNN anchor announced that he will not take parental leave. He’s just too busy covering the coronavirus pandemic. Presumably, there is a nanny in the picture who will handle all that daily stress and experience the daily joys of parenthood.

Let's tally up the scorecard. Cooper paid to have “his baby” grown in the body of a stranger. Despite the co-parenting announcement, for all intents and purposes, Wyatt will grow up in a single-parent family. In fact, he will grow up in a pre-divorced family. The one and only genetic parent in Wyatt’s life, his father, is too busy to take time out of his hectic schedule to be with him as a newborn. And in all likelihood, there will never be a person the child can call a mother in his life.

Meanwhile, my fellow Catholics, we can take pride in our Church’s foresight and wisdom. The Church asks us to consider, “What is owed to the child?” The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, headed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, issued an “Instruction on respect for human life,” called by its Latin title, Donum Vitae. In it, he makes these still pertinent observations:

Spouses mutually express their personal love in the ‘language of the body’ which clearly involves both ‘spousal meanings’ and parental ones. The conjugal act is an act that is inseparably corporal and spiritual. It is in their bodies and through their bodies that the spouses consummate their marriage and are able to become father and mother. In order to respect the language of their bodies and their natural generosity, the procreation of a person must be the fruit and the result of married love.

The child is the embodiment of the parents’ love for each other. Every person has the right to come into existence as the result of the physical and spiritual union of his or her natural parents. The body matters. The identity of the parents matters. The love of the parents for each other matters.

In 1987, when Cardinal Ratzinger wrote this document, “gay parenting” was not even on the horizon. Yet the principles laid down in this document take on an added urgency in today’s world.

The child of a surrogacy arrangement is certainly not the embodiment of his or her parents’ love. Even in the best of circumstances, surrogacy is in inherently unfair and dangerous. A woman is paid for her eggs. Another woman is paid to carry a child to term. After birth, the gestational mother is contractually obligated to surrender the child to the “commissioning parents.” In other words, the rich and powerful exploit women who are neither.

Other problems abound.

If the doctor implants multiple embryos, hoping some of them will survive, the surrogate is sometimes contractually obligated to do “selective abortion” on some of the babies. What happens to the extra embryos who are created but not implanted? Some of them are frozen indefinitely, destroyed immediately or donated for research.

There are also medical risks involved for the children. As I documented a few years ago, babies conceived through in vitro fertilization are at elevated risk of premature birth, low birth weight, cerebral palsy and other conditions. When I did the research for this pamphlet, I asked myself, “do the fertility clinics customarily tell their patients about these risks?” I still don’t know the answer to that.

Cooper paid for an egg. He paid for womb rental. He is paying for the bulk of the hands-on care for the child. Children have become commodities, bought and sold on the open market.

What’s love got to do with it? Apparently, not much.


Ruth Institute Urges: Consider Allegations Against Biden in Light of Sexual Revolution

Commenting on the controversy surrounding Vice President Joe Biden and allegations of sexual assault, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., President of the Ruth Institute, said the case must be considered in light of the Sexual Revolution.

“We are not taking a position on Mr. Biden’s guilt or innocence,” Morse said, “but it should come as no surprise that powerful men have taken advantage of the general loosening of morals brought about by the Sexual Revolution to prey on the innocent.”

Tara Reade says that when she was an aide in his office in 1993, then-Senator Joe Biden sexually assaulted her, a charge the putative Democratic nominee denies. “It’s quite possible we’ll never know the truth of the matter,” Morse commented. “But the rise of sex crimes is another poisonous fruit of the Sexual Revolution.”

Between 2013 and 2017, the number of reported rapes in this country increased almost 20%. The 2018 FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports reveals there were 127,258 reported cases of rape that year.


“The Sexual Revolution holds that sex is an entitlement – an ideology that promotes both casual sex and exploitation,” Morse said.

“How great a leap is it from the idea that ‘you have a right to sex,’ to ‘you can take whatever you want, if you think you can get away with it?’” Morse asked.

As to why it took her so long to come forward publicly with her story, Reade says she felt no one would believe her. Morse responded: “The Sexual Revolution has empowered abusers and silenced victims. It took decades for the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein to come to light. Like Reade, their victims feared that no one would believe them, that they had in some way encouraged the offense or that these rich and powerful men would retaliate against them.”

“We don’t need a blanket policy of ‘always believing women’ to realize that something is seriously wrong here,” Morse said of Reade’s specific allegations. “But one thing is certain, the Sexual Revolution empowers predators and disarms victims. This toxic ideology has created a hunter’s paradise for predators.”

A well-documented expansion of these arguments is contained in Dr. Morse’s book, The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

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. Condemns NYC Official for Anti-Christian Bigotry and Pro-Sexual Revolutionary Insanity

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., criticized NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson for demanding that Samaritan’s Purse not be allowed to continue COVID-19 relief. “Worse than looking a gift horse in the mouth is kicking it in the teeth,” Morse said.

Samaritan’s Purse, whose president is Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham), has been running a field hospital in Central Park for COVID-19 patients who do not require ventilators.

Evidently Johnson believes Samaritan’s Purse, whose leaders believe in man-woman marriage and oppose abortion, soils the sacred progressivism of New York City.


Morse commented: “This is absurd. Johnson accuses Samaritan’s Purse of anti-gay bigotry, while displaying anti-Christian prejudice himself. We don’t need a religious test for helping to fight a pandemic. What Johnson calls bigotry is the traditional Christian view of marriage and life, common to all great world religions until five minutes ago.”

There’s no evidence that Samaritan’s Purse has turned anyone away from its overflow hospital.

Morse added: “New York City has pleaded for help from Washington throughout this crisis. Apparently, the city is willing to accept money from taxpayers who are pro-life and pro-marriage. But direct help from those same Christian people? Not so much.”

It was just announced that Samaritan’s Purse will close its Central Park field hospital, after treating 315 patients, due in part to pressure from city officials like Johnson and demonstrations by LGBTQ activists.

New York is sometimes referred to as Gotham, a legendary city renowned for the foolishness of its inhabitants. In March, the Ruth Institute commented on a NYC Health Department memo telling residents that masturbation was the best way to have sex while avoiding the spread of the coronavirus. “The next safest partner is someone you live with,” Gotham’s Health Department advises. “If you do have sex, have as few partners as possible.”

Incredibly, this taxpayer supported department advised, “If you usually meet your sex partners online or make a living by having sex, consider taking a break from in-person dates. Video dates, sexting or chat rooms may be options for you.”

In response, Morse said: “Do the residents of New York really need to be told to abstain from casual sex, sex with strangers and orgies during a major public health crisis?”

Considering the combination of the direct attack on Samaritan’s Purse and the indirect promotion of casual sex, Morse concluded: “Apparently, New York City is less concerned about fighting a virus than making prostrations before the gods of the Sexual Revolution.”

Find more information on Samaritan’s Purse here.

See the Ruth Institute’s press release “NYC Health Dept. Caters to Sex Addicts.”

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 Urges Public to Seriously Question Surrogacy

Commenting on the recently announced birth of a child to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., called for a serious discussion of the dangers of surrogacy.

Cooper had his son by an unnamed surrogate. In his announcement of the birth, the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt said he was “eternally grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, watched over him lovingly, tenderly and gave birth to him.”

Morse responded, “It’s likely this woman who ‘lovingly’ carried Wyatt will have no future contact with him. That’s the way surrogacy works. A woman, often one who’s disadvantaged, is paid to carry a child to term. After birth, she is contractually obligated to surrender the child to the individual or couple who paid for him. Often the rich and powerful use the process to exploit women who are neither.”


Author Joyce Carol Oates faced backlash from an angry Twitter mob for saying, “Coverage of this good news focuses so exclusively on Anderson Cooper, you'd think that somehow dear Anderson was both father & mother. (how strange for the mother who'd been pregnant for 9 months, delivered a baby, presented Anderson w/ the baby & is now--gone.)”

Morse stated in no uncertain terms, “I agree with Joyce Carol Oates. This is female erasure. Where is the Feminist Establishment?”

Among the many problems connected with surrogacy, Morse noted, “If the doctor implants multiple eggs, hoping some of them will survive, the surrogate is sometimes contractually required to do ‘selective abortion’ on some of the babies. And what happens to the extra embryos that are created but not implanted? Some are frozen indefinitely, destroyed immediately or donated for research. There are no good alternatives here.”

Morse went on to say that the procedure objectifies women. “The gestational mother’s womb is in effect rented. Following birth, she is legally deprived of the child she carried for as long as nine months. If she changes her mind at the end of the process – well, too bad. The use of her body was paid for. She has no rights to the child, even if she becomes emotionally attached to him or her.”

There are also medical risks involved, Morse explained. “Babies conceived through in-vitro fertilization are at increased risk of premature birth, low birth weight, cerebral palsy and other problems. In some cases, those who contracted for the child, abandon him, leaving him with the surrogate, when he didn’t meet their expectations.”

These are just a few of the problems involved with surrogacy. “Introducing the profit motive into baby-making – which should be about love – has created a $30-billion business worldwide that’s largely unregulated,” Morse said.

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See the Ruth Institute pamphlet, “Children and Donor Conception and Assisted Reproduction.”

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.

 


The Man Who Exposed Forced Abortion in China a Guest on The Dr. J Show

Steven Mosher, author of Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order, is this week’s guest on The Dr. J Show, the interview program of The Ruth Institute.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, PhD., founder and president of the Ruth Institute, said, “We’re grateful for the opportunity to bring viewers this interview with Steven Mosher, the first person to expose the horrors of forced abortion in the People’s Republic of China. Decades before the communist regime exposed the world to the coronavirus, it was committing massive human rights abuses.”

In 1980, as the first Western social scientist to study in China, Mosher witnessed the regime’s one-child policy in action. He watched in horror as women in the seventh, eighth, even ninth month of pregnancy were dragged to an operating table to have a C-section abortion performed on them.

Mosher said this shocking experience made him pro-life, and his new pro-life stance cost him his doctorate.

Morse said, “Here in microcosm, is the whole story of US relations with the People’s Republic of China. Mosher’s advisors at Stanford University valued their access to research in China, more than exposing these human rights atrocities. Time after time, Westerners give China a ‘pass,’ so they can continue doing business there. This has been going on for forty years.”


Mosher also recounts his attempts to tell the president of the National Organization for Women about the appalling coercion of the Chinese Communist Party on women. The president of NOW responded, “Well, China does have a population problem.”

Morse stated, “Again, there is the story of highly-placed advocates of the Sexual Revolution ignoring human rights abuses. The claim that they defend a ‘women’s right to choose’ is a cover story, not a real commitment.”

Mosher subsequently abandoned a career as a social scientist and became a leader in the pro-life movement. Today he’s the president of the Population Research Institute.

“My interview with Mosher shows that the Chinese Communist Party has a long history of callousness and corruption even toward its own people, well before the recent COVID-19 catastrophe,” Morse said.

Each week on the Dr. J show, Morse interviews experts on issues ranging from surrogacy and “transgenderism,” to divorce, sexual abuse, pornography and other aspects of the Sexual Revolution.

Watch Dr. Morse’s interview with Steve Mosher here.

Mosher’s book, Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream Is the New Threat to World Order can be found 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. Find more information here.

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


“Dr. Fauci, can we decide for ourselves how much risk to take?”

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, expressed concern over the public health establishment’s back and forth attitude toward individual risk-taking. “If young people using Grinder can make their own risk-taking decisions about sex, why can’t elderly people make their own risk-taking decision about hugs?” Morse said.

Morse’s comments were in reaction to the April 15th Vanity Fair interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In regards to people using dating apps like Tinder or Grinder, Fauci said, “If you’re willing to take a risk—and you know, everybody has their own tolerance for risks—you could figure out if you want to meet somebody. And it depends on the level of the interaction that you want to have. If you’re looking for a friend, sit in a room and put a mask on, and you know, chat a bit. If you want to go a little bit more intimate, well, then that’s your choice regarding a risk.”


Morse said, “Dr. Fauci was at his scientific best when he stated that asymptomatic carriers of the Wuhan virus could infect strangers whom they meet on dating apps. But he could not bring himself to say, ‘therefore, stop using these apps. You don’t need to have sex with strangers, especially not during a global pandemic.’”

Morse noted that casual sex routinely spreads syphilis, gonorrhea and HIV. “Surely Dr. Fauci knows that having sex with someone is much more dangerous than shaking hands or hugging. Yet elderly people are dying alone, unhugged and untouched, out of fear of spreading the Wuhan virus via asymptomatic carriers.”

Morse, author of six books on marriage, family, and human sexuality, stated that social isolation is itself harmful, especially for people with health vulnerabilities. She asked, “Why can’t the family decide whether the risk is worth the benefits of hugging their loved ones, or even being in the same room with them? The nursing homes and hospices are reporting heartbreaking scenes of elderly people waving to their loved ones through the window, sometimes unable to understand why their grandchildren cannot come in and hug them. The inconsistency on the part of the public health establishment makes no sense.”

Morse speculated, “Perhaps the disparity is due to the fact that those who are called ‘sexually active’ have a lobby which will fight to protect their rights to engage in whatever sexual activity they want. Ordinary families who want to interact in a humane and civilized manner, seemingly have no lobby.”

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

See the Vanity Fair interview here.

Find more information on The Ruth Institute here.

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

 




Cardinal Pell’s Acquittal Contains Message for Retired Professionals: Get to Work!

This article was first published April 14, 2020, at the NCRegister.

COMMENTARY: The people who have the most to offer in combating the sexual revolution also have the most to lose from doing so.

by Jennifer Roback Morse

Respected commentator Father Raymond de Souza observed a little-known fact about the convoluted case of Australian Cardinal George Pell: “No judge who had a future to worry about sided with Cardinal Pell. Every judge whose future was secure from recriminations for judging fairly sided with the cardinal.”


One such fair judge was the lone dissenter on the lower court, Justice Mark Weinberg. Father de Souza’s observation has implications far beyond one Australian legal case. Let me come right to the point: Retired professionals, we need you back on the playing field!

Let me explain.

Obviously, the top jurists in the Australian legal system do not have “a future to worry about.” These judges on the highest court of the land are the ones who ultimately exonerated Cardinal Pell. Let’s zero in on Weinberg, who, as noted above, was the lone dissenter at that level. His 200-page dissent utterly demolished the majority opinion, which upheld Cardinal Pell’s convictions. Father de Souza pointed out something I did not previously realize: Weinberg is a 71-year-old retired judge who is called in for special cases because of his expertise.

Let’s apply this seemingly offhand observation to the broader situation of living out Catholic teaching in the modern world. The entire developed world is in the grip of an ideology that is every bit as toxic and irrational as communism or fascism. This ideology demands conformity, imposes penalties for dissent, and controls all the major institutions of society. The ideology promises to create heaven on Earth, if only we allow the ruling savior class enough power to reshape law, media, education, entertainment and, of course, the judicial system.

The ideology I’m speaking of is the one spawned by the sexual revolution. We can all have carefree, unlimited sex. No unwanted babies. No broken hearts. No loneliness. We’re told that the sex of the body is not a real constraint on anything, so we can remake our society and our bodies in any way we want. Children don’t really need anything from their natural parents, so we don’t really need any social norms requiring permanence in sexual relationships. If we just continue to reshape the institutions of society, we will eventually arrive at that wonderful world where sexual activity is sterile unless you have quirky lifestyle preferences and happen to want a baby: heaven on Earth.

The only major institution in the world holding out against this ideology is the Catholic Church. And even parts of the Church have “gone wobbly,” in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s colorful phrase from a different era about a different totalitarian ideology. Cardinal Pell’s “crime” was that he actively resisted the claims of the sexual revolutionaries. The child-abuse charges were trumped up against him. There are clerics around the world who are much guiltier of much worse things who are getting far better treatment within their own countries’ legal systems and the international media than poor Cardinal Pell. Why single out him, of all people? Interesting question, no?

I’ve written before about the commonalities among the cases of Theodore McCarrick, Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein. And I’ve written quite a lot (a whole book, in fact) about the dynamics of the sexual revolution and what keeps it chugging along, in spite of its irrationality and crimes. Long story short: Delaying childbearing is the de facto social price of getting an education and entering the professions.

Many people accomplish that delay, not by sexual restraint until marriage, but, rather, through the use of contraception and, in many cases, abortion. This fact tilts the educated and professional classes toward favoring the sexual revolution and the unfettered license it touts. The people most likely to be in positions of influence, power and wealth either think the sexual revolution is just grand, or secretly know that it isn’t but have a guilty conscience about it. In either case, an outsized percentage of people in the professions have a strong incentive to keep the sexual revolution going. People like Cardinal Pell, who dissent from the sexual revolution’s orthodoxy, disturb the consciences of many journalists and jurists.

Members of the professions who do not agree with the sexual revolution know all about the pressure to conform to its tenets. I have heard from Catholic lawyers and doctors, as well as evangelical Protestant therapists and social workers, about the difficulties of trying to do their jobs. The people who have the most to offer in combating the sexual revolution also have the most to lose from doing so.

Yet these are the very people we need to fighting for the integrity of their professions. These are people who know the fields of law or medicine or journalism. They can speak to the specific problems in the libraries and schools. They know how their profession operates. They know the important people and have connections an outsider can’t have.

This brings me back to Cardinal Pell. What if Mark Weinberg hadn’t come out of retirement to take this case? Where would Cardinal Pell be today if Weinberg had decided to check out and do the Australian equivalent of playing golf that day? Only someone who is both qualified and relatively detached from social pressure could render the type of impartial ruling that Weinberg did.

Retired doctors, nurses, teachers, attorneys: This is my plea. Find creative ways to influence your profession for good. Join or form alternative professional organizations or independent practices. No one can fire you anymore. You have nothing to lose now, and you still have a lot to offer. Get to work. We need you!

 

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