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Vatican Health Care Conference an “Embarrassment to the Faith”

April 28, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Vatican Health Care Conference an “Embarrassment to the Faith”

“The Vatican’s choice of speakers for its Fifth International Conference on Health Care is deeply embarrassing to the Catholic faith,” said Ruth Institute President Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. “The Catholic Church is a world-wide institution of over one billion members. Among all those people to choose from, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture couldn’t find anyone better than this lineup of abortion advocates?”

The virtual conference, “Exploring the Mind, Body and Soul,” slated for May 6-8, 2021, includes many prominent abortion-proponents among its 114 speakers, including:


  • Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton, who told an interviewer in 2018 that it would be “un-Christian” to take away what she called “women’s access to safe, legal abortion.”
  • Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, which manufactures abortion pills.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, who assured the World Health Organization that the Biden administration was committed to funding abortion.
  • Population control advocate Jane Goodall.
  • Super-model Cindy Crawford, a celebrity proponent of abortion.

Vatican News claims the conference will bring together “physicians, scientists, ethicists, religious leaders, patients’ rights advocates, policymakers, philanthropists, and commentators to discuss the status quo in medical research and technology, and how these are implemented on a global level.”

Morse responded: “In reality, the conference will bring together celebrities, drug manufacturers, and medical bureaucrats deeply committed to an anti-Catholic agenda, including abortion-on-demand and population control. They are more aligned with the goals of the global ruling class than with the perennial teachings of the faith.”

Former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, says that with this conference, the Holy See is “making itself the servant of the New World Order.”

“This conference is a travesty,” Morse said. “As Roman Catholics, we have a responsibility to defend the Deposit of Faith that was handed down to us from the Apostles. Those who take this responsibility seriously cannot look to The Vatican for direction or guidance. We must look to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which clearly states that ‘abortion, willed as either an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law,’ and that ‘this teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.’” (CCC 2271)

Morse charged: “There are too many abortion proponents speaking at this conference to simply uninvite a few. The Ruth Institute calls on the Vatican to cancel the event. Plan a new, fresh conference with prominent scientists, philosophers, and religious leaders who are committed to authentic human rights, including the rights of the most vulnerable among us.”

The Ruth Institute also pledged support for a Life Site petition which asks the Vatican to terminate the May 6-8 conference.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of 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. President Testifies for Texas Unilateral Divorce Repeal

April 27, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Ruth Inst. President Testifies for Texas Unilateral Divorce Repeal

“No government should have a policy of always taking sides with the party who wants the marriage least,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., President of the Ruth Institute, on April 26, 2021.

Morse was testifying in support of House Bill 3188, filed by Representative Matthew Krause, which would permit "no-fault" divorce in Texas only by mutual consent of spouses.

 


 

Morse explained: “Only about one-quarter of divorces take place by mutual consent. Seventy-five per cent of divorces take place against the will of one of the parties.

“One party can drag the other into court and have the assets of the family subject to division.” Also, “The division of custody of the children comes under the jurisdiction and control of the state.”

Morse charged, “The forced division of financial assets and child custody amounts to a serious penalty imposed by the State on a law-abiding citizen, simply at the request of their spouse.” That might mean, for instance, that a party guilty of adultery “could unilaterally end the marriage and have the legal right to contract another marriage with his or her paramour. The law supports the guilty spouse against the innocent spouse.”

The losses to children of divorce are “staggering and well-documented,” Morse said. “One survey of the literature cataloging the harms to the children from divorce includes more than 300 footnotes.”

These children experience diminished academic performance, greater likelihood of drug abuse and suicide, “loss of stability of their relationships with their parents,” inability to trust, and “compromised ability to form stable and satisfying love relationships of their own.”

In conclusion, Morse noted: “These considerations lead me to support an end to unilateral no-fault divorce. No citizen should have the right to unilaterally inflict costs of this magnitude on their spouse and children without a finding of fault.”

Read Morse’s full testimony.

As well as being Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, Morse:

  • Taught economics at Yale and George Mason University for a total of 15 years
  • Is the author of six books on marriage, family and human sexuality, including The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.
  • Has had her writings translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Polish, and Chuukese (the native language of the Micronesian Islands).
  • Was named one of the “Catholic Stars of 2013” on a list that included Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Was the campaign spokesman for California’s Proposition 8, (against the redefinition of marriage) which passed in 2008. California Votes for Prop 8 - WSJ

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 info@ruthinstitute.org.

 


Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult--The Book Amazon Couldn’t Kill

April 22, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult--The Book Amazon Couldn’t Kill

Last week, Amazon blocked both the digital and print versions of Desist, Detrans, & Detox: Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult, but then relisted the Kindle version within 24 hours, possibly due to pushback from its initial decision.

Author Maria Keffler is the co-founder of Partners for Ethical Care, whose mission states: No child is born in the wrong body.

Ruth Institute president Dr. Roback Morse, Ph.D., said, “This book is an invaluable tool for saving children from the clutches of the transgender movement. For too long, the trans movement has recruited vulnerable and confused adolescents, convincing them that ‘this is the way you are, so get used to it,’ and talking them into life-altering, possibly irreversible, surgery and dangerous hormone therapy.


Desist, Detrans, & Detox shows there is another way. It uses communication and relationship-building skills to help children escape the gender trap once and for all,” Morse said. “The billion-dollar industry that sells mutilation and medication to those suffering from gender confusion hating and fearing a book like this is understandable. That’s why the Ruth Institute is pleased to recommend it to parents and other caregivers looking for compassionate answers.”

The Ruth Institute is at the forefront of the fight to expose and oppose the transgender movement. More information can be found at the Transgender Resource Center, including the pamphlet, “Your Pain is Real.”

 

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.


Secretary of State Dismisses Findings of U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights

April 20, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Secretary of State Dismisses Findings of U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights

“Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is typical of the Biden administration, which will push the Sexual Revolution at every opportunity,” Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said.

Blinken repudiated the work of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights established by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“He took a gratuitous swipe at the Commission, calling it ‘unbalanced,’” Morse said. “Members of the Commission included distinguished academics and researchers. It was chaired by Harvard Law Professor and former Vatican Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon.”


Blinken said that in future reports, the State Department will emphasize “sexual and reproductive rights,” including LGBTQ.

Morse responded: “Perhaps Mr. Blinken could tell us where these words appear in the Constitution. He can’t, because they don’t. The name of the Pompeo Commission comes from the Declaration of Independence, which says that we were ‘endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights,’ among them ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’”

Morse added: “What Secretary Blinken calls ‘human rights’ (abortion and LGBTQ) are pseudo rights which are used to nullify authentic rights, including speech, religion and association. In the case of abortion, they deny the right to life of unborn children.”

Actually, the final statement of the Glendon Commission never mentioned the right to life or a child’s right to a relationship with its parents.

Morse explained: “In my testimony before the Commission on February 21, 2020, and in our petition which we presented at the time -- we urged the Commission to recognize the right of every person to know the identity of, and have a relationship with, their biological parents; the right to life from conception to natural death; and the right of parents to educate their children in their own faith tradition without being undermined by the state.

“What Blinken and the minions of the Sexual State object to are the concept of rights based on natural law, not on Supreme Court dicta or the ideology of the Sexual Revolution.

“The Secretary of State’s passion for this ideology will be reflected in attempts to force it on emerging nations in Africa and elsewhere, which have come to be known as cultural colonialism or ideological imperialism.” Morse warned. “This bears watching.”

In partnership with Life Petitions, the Ruth Institute circulated a petition in support of the Commission’s work which had such distinguished signers as Governor Mike Huckabee, Fr. Shenan Boquet (Human Life International), Jor-El Godsey (Heartbeat International), Steven Mosher (Population Research Institute), and Sharon Slater (Family Watch International).

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 info@ruthinstitute.org.


Catholic Bishops Back Trans-Lobby, Ruth Inst. Requests Clarification

April 14, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Catholic Bishops Back Trans-Lobby, Ruth Inst. Requests Clarification

“I’d like to ask the two Catholic bishops who released a statement condemning ‘discrimination’ against ‘transgender individuals,’ what exactly they mean by ‘discrimination’” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

The Human Rights Campaign recently released a letter signed by Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, NM, Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, KY, and other religious leaders. The letter states in part: “That we might not understand an individual’s experience, does not mean we are to discriminate against them, nor to tolerate any form of discrimination they might endure.”

“Everything turns on the definition of ‘discrimination,’” Morse said. “The letter doesn’t provide even a hint of a definition.

“For instance, when men who say they are women compete against biological women in sports, who is discriminating against whom?” asked Morse. “I’d like some clarification from Archbishop Wester. If we are to avoid all unjust discrimination, whose side do we take in this dispute? Why not stand in solidarity with the biological women who have trained for years and are losing access to awards and scholarships when they are routinely defeated by mediocre male athletes who say they’re women?


“What about the rapists who claim they are really women, and demand to be housed in an all-women’s prison? Tell us, Bishop Stowe, who most needs us to be ‘stewards of justice and mercy’: The men who say they’re women, or the women inmates who fear being raped?

“I’d like to hear the bishops speak out about the injustice of insurance companies who pay for the removal of healthy tissues but refuse to pay for ‘detransition’ health care. This sounds like discrimination to me. I wonder what Archbishop Wester and Bishop Stowe think,” Morse mused.

“If we stand with the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church, these thorny issues will not arise,” Morse said. A 2019 Declaration of Truth by Cardinal Raymond Burke and a number of other Catholic bishops is an authentic statement of Catholic doctrine. The Declaration calls transgenderism “a rebellion against natural and Divine law,” and considers it “a grave sin that a man may attempt to become a woman by mutilating himself, or even by simply declaring himself to be such, or that a woman may in like manner attempt to become a man, or to hold that the civil authority has the duty or the right to act as if such things were or may be possible or legitimate.”

“The trans movement is trying to force the public to affirm a lie: That an individual with male XY chromosomes is a woman because he says so,” Morse said. “Compelling people to treat men who say they are women as if they are actually women is itself a form of coercion and is inconsistent with human dignity.”

Morse concluded, “We await clarification from Archbishop Wester and Bishop Stowe on these important questions.”

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 and Why the Church was Right all Along.

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


Ruth Inst. Thanks Archbp. Naumann for Defending Catholic Doctrine

April 12, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Ruth Inst. Thanks Archbishop Naumann for Defending Catholic Doctrine

Today the Ruth Institute presented a dozen white roses to Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, for his bold defense of Catholic doctrine.

“As head of the U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee, Naumann has courageously called out ‘pro-choice’ Catholic politicians,” Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., stated. “This includes Pres. Biden and others who claim to be personally opposed to abortion, while doing everything possible to facilitate abortion and so-called LGBTQ rights, including transgenderism.”

In a recent interview, Naumann said, “I want to protect my people from being misled. [The president’s] actions, right now, do mislead. They do create confusion for people in terms of what the Church believes and teaches.”


“We applaud Archbishop Naumann for consistently articulating Catholic doctrine on moral questions,” Morse said. “Others in the Church have chosen to remain silent rather than confront a president who uses his token Catholicism to deflect criticism of his support for abortion on demand.

“The archbishop’s courageous advocacy has been condemned by certain self-styled Catholic groups, including one with an online petition demanding that Naumann be removed as head of the pro-life committee.

“In other circumstances, his critics might say that Naumann was ‘speaking truth to power’ – just as John the Baptist did when he rebuked King Herod for his moral transgressions.”

Morse noted that while professing to be a devout Catholic, “Biden’s administration is doing everything imaginable to support abortion and abortion funding (including repeal of the Mexico City Policy) and attack conscience rights.”

The Ruth Institute commends Archbishop Naumann as a Church leader who truly leads, regardless of the pressure to remain silent in the face of evil.

Morse explained that Roses from Ruth are “presented in gratitude for upholding the Church’s teachings on life, marriage and human sexuality.”

Past recipients of Roses from Ruth, which was started in 2016, have included Bishop David Walkowiak of Grand Rapids, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, and Archbishop Charles Thompson of Indianapolis.

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 info@ruthinstitute.org.


CNN Marches to Beat of Transgender Drummer

April 7, 2021

For Immediate Release

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CNN Marches to Beat of Transgender Drummer

“CNN parrots the most absurd positions of the transgender movement,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., president of the Ruth Institute. “We should start calling it the PCNN, Politically Correct News Network. And they can’t even keep their own PC terminology straight.”

In a March 30 broadcast on South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s executive order on transgender males in women’s sports, the politically correct network editorialized: “The order also references ‘biological sex,’ a disputed term that refers to the sex as listed on students’ original birth certificates.” In the same broadcast, the network claimed, “It’s not possible to know a person’s identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.”

Following substantial backlash, the Politically Correct News Network updated the story to “provide additional explanation as to the distinctions between gender and sex.” Their story now states, “It's not possible to know a person's gender identity at birth, and for some people, the sex listed on their original birth certificate is a misleading way of describing the body they have.”


Morse countered, “The Gender Theorists have inflicted this new terminology on all of us. The least they can do is to apply it consistently.”

Morse explained, “The term ‘sex’ refers to the body. The Sexual Revolutionaries invented the distinction between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ to undermine the stability of male roles and females roles. ‘Gender’ is the term they use to describe the complex of social roles, personal preferences, feelings and identity. The Revolutionaries maintain that sex roles are socially constructed and can be reconstructed. This distinction allowed them to pursue their agenda of eliminating everything based on male-female differences, without having to maintain that the body is completely irrelevant. They’re saying: ‘All we want to do is provide more flexibility in gender roles. We accept that male and female bodies are different.’

“But now the mask is slipping,” Morse said. “They can’t keep their story straight. There absolutely is a criterion for ‘assigning sex at birth’: DNA, which is almost always immediately obvious from secondary sex characteristics. Of course, we can’t know a person’s ‘identity’ at birth, if that term includes everything they are ever going to think or feel. But that complex of feelings is not relevant to which sports teams a person should play on. The body is the only relevant consideration for that purpose.”

CNN’s attempt at clarification did not help. “CNN’s statement that ‘the sex listed on their original birth certificate is a misleading way of describing the body they have,’ is absurd,” Morse said. “The sex of the body has not changed. The individual has changed their ‘gender identity,’ not the sex of their bodies.

“This is CNN being CNN,” Morse said. “In a story last August on screenings for cervical cancer, instead of ‘women,’ it used the expression ‘individuals with a cervix.’ Increasingly, doctrinaire outlets like CNN, try to avoid saying ‘men’ and ‘women’ which are thought to exclude so-called transsexuals.

“CNN’s newscasts should come with a warning label: ‘No News Ahead. Propaganda Only. Some viewers may find the following broadcast upsetting.’”

Morse added, “Bias like this is one reason the Ruth Institute recently launched our Transgender Resource Center with research, media and other resources to fight the transgender ideology which permeates our society.”

 

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 info@ruthinstitute.org.


Ruth Inst. Thanks Sharon Stone for Criticizing Cancel Culture

April 5, 2021

For Immediate Release

For More Information: media@ruthinstitute.org 

Ruth Inst. Thanks Sharon Stone for Criticizing Cancel Culture

“I would like to thank actress Sharon Stone for her support of free speech and her criticism of the Cancel Culture,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

In a recent interview, Stone said, “I think the cancel culture is the stupidest thing I have ever seen happen. I think when people say things that they feel and mean and it’s offensive to you, it’s a brilliant opportunity for everyone to learn and grow and understand each other.”

Morse responded: “There are probably very few issues where the Ruth Institute agrees with Stone, who endorsed Biden in the last election. But she does understand that there’s nothing to be learned by shutting down your opponents. A healthy debate furthers the search for truth. The Cancel Culture erects a wall between opposing sides of any issue. The Ruth Institute and other pro-family organizations have been on the receiving end of this for a long time. We are glad to have Hollywood liberals like Sharon Stone as allies on this important issue.


“We feel so strongly about this that the Ruth Institute now has a Propaganda and Censorship Research Center to help fight censorship by big tech, big media and big government,” Morse disclosed.

Resources available at the Center include research like “How Unbiased are Fact Checkers,” a talk with James D. Agresti, president of Just Facts.

There’s also media like “Removed Book! A Talk with Brian Camenker, author of The Health Hazards of Homosexuality,” which was censored by Amazon.

And there are articles such as “Pepe Le Pew or Hugh Hefner: who normalized the rape culture?”

Morse explained: “A free society thrives on the free exchange of ideas. The Cancel Culture uses what it calls ‘hate’ to avoid a discussion of positions it has a hard time defending. It seems to be saying: ‘Don’t ask questions. Don’t challenge us. Just accept our word as law and shut up.’ I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sharon Stone for her fair-minded statement.”

See our previous releases:

Ruth Inst. Resource Center Fights Censorship and Propaganda (ruthinstitute.org)

Amazon is “Cancel Culture Central” says Ruth Inst. (ruthinstitute.org)

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of 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.

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