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Ruth Institute deeply disturbed by Catholic bishop’s ill-conceived statement on the 2020 presidential election

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of The Ruth Institute, issued a statement criticizing the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for congratulating Vice President Biden on his election as president, calling it “ill-conceived” and “disappointing.”

“Congratulating Joe Biden on his election before all the votes have been counted shows poor judgement at best,” Morse declared.

“The media have no authority to decide an election. Secretaries of State must certify the results in their state. USCCB president Archbishop Gomez is surely aware of the numerous disputes surrounding the integrity of the election process. For him to prematurely ‘recognize’ that ‘Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States,’ is to claim a knowledge and an authority that he does not possess.”

Morse said Gomez’s call for “unity” and “compromise” is “simply not appropriate to the situation.”

 


 

“All voters, including Catholics, in states with credible accusations of election fraud have every right to contest the election through all legal channels,” Morse asserted. “They should not be asked to ‘promote fraternity and mutual trust,’ when their trust has been violated by election tampering. The court challenges and legal processes should be allowed to proceed without prejudice.”

“When the media claimed to ‘call’ the election for Biden, many thoughtful people concluded that they were attempting to build momentum for the idea that Biden had won, in spite of the serious problems with the election process. This is precisely the sort of thing that many Americans have come to expect from the legacy media, with its barely concealed commitment to the Biden campaign. What should the public conclude when an official of the Catholic Church makes a comparable premature call?”

Morse saved her harshest criticism for Archbishop Gomez’s final statement, which she found “frankly, revolting.”

“He asks the Virgin Mary to help us work together to fulfill the vision of America as ‘one nation under God, where the sanctity of every human life is defended and freedom of conscience and religion are guaranteed.’

“But the Democratic Party promises to do precisely the opposite on every point,” Morse said. “They will eliminate what remains of religious conscience rights. They have no respect for innocent human life. And they even tried to take an innocuous reference to God out of their 2012 platform.”

Morse explained that: “The Ruth Institute is an interfaith international coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. Everything we do is in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church. We have followers around the world: Evangelicals, Mormons, and Jews, who are working hard to defend Catholic teachings, not because the teachings are Catholic, but because they are true. None of us has the slightest illusion about the nature of the Democratic Party.”

Finally, Dr. Morse emphasized, “The Ruth Institute reminds the public that Archbishop Gomez’s statement has no authority to bind Catholics who may wish to contest the election through legally permissible means.

“We call on all Catholic clergy to distance themselves from this unfortunate and ill-conceived statement by Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

 


Ruth Inst. deeply disappointed by Catholic bishop's ill-conceived election statement

Statement by Ruth Institute President, Jennifer Roback Morse, regarding the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' statement regarding the election:

I am deeply disappointed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops President, Archbishop Jose Gomez’s statement on the US Presidential election. Congratulating Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States before all the votes have been counted shows poor judgement at best. Statements by the media have no authority to decide an election. Secretaries of State in each state must certify the results of the elections in their state. Archbishop Gomez is surely aware of the numerous disputes across the country surrounding the integrity of the election process. For him to prematurely “recognize that Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States,” is to claim a knowledge and an authority that he does not possess.


Furthermore, Archbishop Gomez’s call for “unity” and “compromise” is not appropriate to the situation. All voters, including Catholic voters, in states with credible accusations of election fraud have every right to contest the election through all legal channels. They should not be asked to “promote fraternity and mutual trust,” when their trust has been violated by credible allegations of election tampering. The court challenges and legal processes should be allowed to proceed without prejudice.

When the media claimed to “call” the election for Biden, many thoughtful people concluded that they were attempting to build momentum for the idea that Biden had won, in spite of the serious problems with the election process. This is precisely the sort of thing that many Americans have come to expect from the legacy media, with its barely concealed commitment to the Biden campaign. What should the public conclude when an official of the Catholic Church makes a comparable premature congratulation?

Most importantly, Archbishop Gomez’s final statement is frankly, revolting. He asks the Virgin Mary to help us work together to fulfill the vision of America, “one nation under God, where the sanctity of every human life is defended and freedom of conscience and religion are guaranteed.” The Democratic Party promises to do precisely the opposite on every point. They will eliminate what remains of religious conscience rights. They have no respect for innocent human life. And they booed at the mention of God at their 2012 convention.

The Ruth Institute is an interfaith international coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. Everything we do is in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church. We have followers around the world: Evangelicals, Mormons, and Jews, who are working hard to defend Catholic teaching, not because the teaching is Catholic, but because the teaching is true. None of us has the slightest illusion about the Democratic Party.

The Ruth Institute reminds the public that Archbishop Gomez’s statement has no authority to bind Catholics who may wish to contest the election through legally permissible means.

We call on all Catholic clergy to distance themselves from this unfortunate and ill-conceived statement by Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.


In First Presidential Debate, the Family Was Lost in the Shuffle

“Last night’s confrontation between President Trump and former Vice-President Biden shows the need for a separate debate focusing solely on family issues,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

Partnering with Life Petitions, the Ruth Institute has a petition calling for a debate on family-related issues. More than 6,000 signatures have been collected.

Morse observed: “Last night’s debate covered the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, and race and violence, among other pressing concerns. It was entirely predictable.

“This is all well and good, but the family lies at the heart of all of these concerns,” Morse noted. “Urban crime and violence are spurred by the decline of the family in inner cities. Strong families are the foundation of a strong economy. Intact families have found it easier to weather the coronavirus storm.”


Morse explained: “It’s a case of missing the forest for the trees. At the root of many of our most perplexing problems is the decline of the family, and a revival of family values is the solution.

“Some people claim that it ‘takes a village to raise a child.’ We think that is code for ‘let the government raise children and run the family.’ We at the Ruth Institute believe exactly the opposite. We believe it takes a family to raise a village, or a community, or a nation.”

Morse added: “Families in America want to know what the candidates would do to end the horror of abortion (currently verging on infanticide), if they would declare pornography a public health crisis (as have 16 states), what they would do to stop sex-trafficking, if they’re concerned about so-called transgender medical procedures for minor children, if they support using U.S. foreign aid to force developing nations to adopt Western-style laws on abortion and homosexuality, and how they would strengthen man-woman marriage, currently under attack on so many fronts.

“Last night’s debate in Cleveland strengthened our commitment to promoting a presidential debate on family issues,” Morse said.

Sign the Ruth Institute/Life Site petition calling for such a debate.


Ruth Inst. Happy BLM Moving Away from Anti-Family Rhetoric

“Given renewed support for the family during an election year and after the COVID lockdown, even a radical group like Black Lives Matter has toned down its anti-family advocacy,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

Morse noted that the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which founded BLM in 2013, recently removed from its website the statement: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.”

“This is the standard utopian dogma of the radical left,” Morse said. “Despite the cliché that ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ children are raised best by mothers and fathers providing a loving home in which they can grow and flourish.”


Morse added: “All of the pathologies which afflict the black community – including crime and drugs – can be traced to the decline of the black family.

“On the other hand, collectively, African Americans are more supportive of the traditional family and man/woman marriage than just about any other demographic. I learned that when I was spokeswoman for Proposition 8 in California, which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

“I don’t think the Black Lives Matter Global Network had a sincere change of heart,” Morse observed. “The founders describe themselves as ‘trained Marxists.’ Wherever Marxists have come to power, from North Korea to Cuba, they have sought to replace the family with the collective, be it the state or the party.

“Still, its move is an unspoken acknowledgement of the popularity of the family in these perilous times, and reason why our petition for a pro-family presidential debate is more important now than ever.”

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

Sign the Ruth Institute/LifeSite petition for a presidential debate on family issues here.

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


Ruth Inst: “Cuties” Proves Need for Presidential Debate on Family Issues

Commenting on the outrage provoked by the child pornography of Netflix’s “Cuties,” Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said: “With this highly eroticized portrayal of 11-year-old girls, the global ruling class is once again pushing the envelope on pedophilia. This latest example of the pornification of our culture shows the need for a 4th presidential debate, exclusively on issues impacting the family.”

Partnering with LifeSite, the Ruth Institute has an online petition calling for a debate focusing on what the candidates would do to strengthen the family and counter the various threats to the family.

The petition currently has more than 5,700 signers.

“‘Cuties’ is just the latest example of a growing anti-family culture,” Morse said. “Others include the two egregious Supreme Court rulings at the end of June, one striking down the mildest restrictions imaginable on abortion, and the other which would allow so-called transgenders to participate in women’s sports – thus effectively ending women’s sports.”

 


 

Such a debate might include the following questions for the candidates:

  • Would you have your Attorney General investigate the possibility of bringing up Netflix on child pornography charges?
  • Should pornography be declared a public health crisis on the federal level, as it has in 16 states?
  • Do you support a born-alive law to protect abortion survivors?
  • Should foreign aid be conditioned on recipients accepting Western sexual norms, including legalizing abortion and normalizing homosexual relations?
  • What is your opinion of medically unnecessary surgeries and drugs for minors trying to change the sex of their bodies?

“Questions such as these will not be asked in the three scheduled debates September 29 and October 15 and 22, but for families, they are just as relevant as energy policy, trade, and public health concerns. That’s why we’re pushing so hard for a fourth debate on family issues,” Morse explained.

Sign the petition 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.

Pornography and sexual exploitation were topics included in the Ruth Institute’s recent Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution.

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

 


Petition asks for fourth presidential debate focused on pro-life, family issues

This article was first posted September 11, 2020, at LifeSiteNews.

By Paul Smeaton

LifeSiteNews and the Ruth Institute have launched a petition calling for an additional presidential debate to be held focusing on family issues, the cornerstone of American life.

“Everything begins with the family. Everything depends on the family. It impacts every area of life,” the petition reads.

“A strong economy depends on the next generation learning the virtues of hard work and discipline in the family. Strong national defense requires individuals who are willing to sacrifice for their families, even more than the national interest.”


Three debates are scheduled on September 29, October 15, and October 22, to cover public health, including COVID-19, public safety, the economy, and defense/foreign policy.

But Ruth Institute President Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., says that there must be a debate focused on family issues, because “the decline of the family is at the root of most of our problems.”

“Honestly, I’m shocked that we even have to state this obvious point: Every human life begins with a family. Every significant challenge the United States faces can be improved by strengthening the family,” she said.

At such a debate, voters could hear clear answers on important questions from the two men bidding to become president. The debate could address questions such as:

What do you intend to do about the horror of legalized abortion?

What are your views on sex-selection abortion and disability-selection abortion?

What are your views on medically unnecessary surgeries, puberty blockers, and cross-sex hormones for minor children?

Would your administration declare pornography a public health crisis, as 16 states have already done?

Morse points out that the breakdown of the family and the over-sexualization of society create massive problems which affect the economy, the criminal justice system, public health, education, and even national defense.

“The rioting in our cities is in part the result of family breakdown,” she said.

“We’re calling for one debate focused exclusively on what the candidates will do to support the family.”

Morse says that unless pro-family advocates raise their voices then issues like marriage, the right to life, parental rights in education and health, sex education in schools, pornography, population control, and declining fertility will be overlooked entirely or treated as an afterthought during this election.

“We believe this is the first time such a debate has been proposed by anyone,” Morse said. “We at the Ruth Institute and our friends at LifePetitions think it’s about time.”

PETITION: Call for an additional Presidential Debate on Family Issues! Sign the petition here.



Ruth Inst. and Life Site News Launch Petition for Presidential Debate on the Family

Partnering with Life Site News, today, the Ruth Institute launched a petition to the U.S. Commission on Presidential Debates calling for a 4th debate to be focused on the family.

Ruth Institute President Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., explained: “The decline of the family is at the root of most of our problems. We’re calling for one debate focused exclusively on what the candidates will do to support the family.”

She continued: “Honestly, I’m shocked that we even have to state this obvious point: Every human life begins with a family. Every significant challenge the United States faces can be improved by strengthening the family. The breakdown of the family and the over-sexualization of society create massive problems affecting the economy, the criminal justice system, public health, education, and even national defense. The rioting in our cities is in part the result of family breakdown.”


Three debates are scheduled on September 29, October 15, and October 22, to cover public health, including COVID 19, public safety, the economy, and defense/foreign policy.

Morse said, “These are all important issues to be sure. But unless something is done immediately, the family will once again be ignored. Issues like marriage, the right to life, parental rights in education and health, sex education in schools, pornography, population control, and declining fertility will be overlooked entirely or treated as an afterthought.”

She added: “We believe this is the first time such a debate has been proposed by anyone. We at the Ruth Institute and our friends at Life Petitions think it’s about time.”

Sign the petition here.

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