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Ruth Inst. Commends Archbp. Cordileone for Upholding Sanctity of Life

May 14, 2021

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Ruth Inst. Commends Archbp. Cordileone for Upholding Sanctity of Life

On May 13, the Ruth Institute presented a dozen white roses to his Excellency Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, for upholding the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of life and for his defense of the Eucharist in his Pastoral Letter, “Before I Formed You in the Womb, I Knew You.”

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., observed: “Archbishop Cordileone explained the Church’s teaching on the matter of abortion to the public in a dignified and thoughtful manner. His teaching is clear, accurate and uplifting, all of which are necessary at the present time. The Archbishop stands firmly for the ancient teachings of the Catholic Church on the sanctity of life and the Eucharist.”


Morse continued: “The Ruth Institute is encouraged by the strong leadership demonstrated by Archbishop Cordileone. We hope more Church leaders will follow his example. In this time of confusion and scandal, clarity of teaching is more important than ever.”

At their meeting in June, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will reportedly take up the matter of Catholic politicians who support abortion and other social policies which clearly contradict Church teaching.

“The bishops need to decide whether these politicians, including President Biden – whose press secretary regularly refers to as a ‘devout Catholic’ – can be allowed to continue receiving communion in light of their open and flagrant flouting of Church teaching, thereby creating the impression that their advocacy is somehow compatible with Catholic doctrine,” Morse explained.

Past recipients of Roses from Ruth, which was started in 2016, have included Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann, 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.


 


Ruth Inst. Summit – Reclaiming the Professions for Life and Family

May 10, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Ruth Inst. Summit – Reclaiming the Professions for Life and Family

The Ruth Institute will hold its Fourth Annual Summit, “Reclaiming the Professions for Life and Family,” July 16-17, in Lake Charles, LA, for a live event.

Ruth Institute President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., explained: “In recent times, the professions – including law, medicine and education – have been corrupted by the Sexual Revolution. Many have betrayed their founding principles to advance the revolution’s agenda. It’s time to reclaim them for civilization and sanity.”

Topics to be covered include:


  • Resisting the corruption of education
  • Reclaiming the therapeutic professions
  • Equipping the pro-life movement to confront transgenderism
  • Defending the body
  • Understanding the Sexual Revolution and the Sexual State
  • Demographic Winter and the future of freedom and family
  • Surviving the Sexual Revolution

The first day of the Summit will be the Ambassadors Training Program for leaders and activists, followed by an Awards Banquet. The second day will include expert speakers, panels, and testimonies.

Morse noted: “Our 2021 Summit be another milestone. Participants will have an opportunity to encounter the very best research and analysis on how the professions have been turned against us and how to take them back!”

Save the date. A full list of speakers and a complete schedule will be forthcoming.

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 Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.

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


Post-Divorce Gates Foundation Still Pushing Population Control in Africa

May 6, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Post-Divorce Gates Foundation Still Pushing Population Control in Africa

Following the announcement of Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce, Ruth Institute President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said, “Divorce is always tragic for children, even older children such as the three Gates children. The Ruth Institute offers sympathy and condolences to the Gates children for the loss of their parents’ union.

“The metaphorical child of the Gates’ marriage, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will evidently continue to have the involvement of both its parents. The Foundation will keep promoting population control, including abortion, in Africa and other developing parts of the world.


“With net assets of $43.3 billion, larger than 70% of the world’s countries, the Gates Foundation is based on the premise that fewer people is the key to economic development and the best way to combat carbon emissions.”

The Foundation supported a series of International Conferences on Family Planning in conjunction with the United Nations Population Fund. One in Addis Ababa in 2013 focused on “universal access to reproductive health, especially [for] young people and other vulnerable groups,” according to UNFPA.

Morse explained: “Reproductive health is a euphemism for abortion. The goal is to get African nations to make abortion readily available and to encourage Western governments and do-gooders to pour in billions to combat ‘overpopulation.’”

Many Africans beg to differ, such as Nigerian biomedical scientist Obianuju Ekeocha, who said, “We are thirsty and they give us condoms! We are hungry and they offer us contraceptive pills! We are sick and they offer us the most modern techniques of abortion! We are naked and they lead us into the arms of sexual hedonism! We are imprisoned by poverty and they offer us sexual liberation!”

Morse added: “The billions spent by the Gates Foundation on abortion and contraception could go toward providing Africans with clean water, medicine and maternal health care. But instead of promoting life, it is used to buy death.

“And Gates’ premise, which is based on the discredited work of population control false prophet Paul Ehrlich, is all wrong. Population growth is a way out of poverty. Some of the world’s most prosperous nations have the largest populations, like the U.S., China and India. In many developing nations, the problem is lower population density than the developed world. The answer for Africa isn’t fewer children, but more,” Morse said.

Morse spoke in Uganda in 2019 on “The New Colonialism of the Sexual Revolution: An Authentic Catholic Response.”

Don Feder, the Ruth Institute’s Communications Director, will speak at a Family Symposium of the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum on May 14.

 

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 World Needs Moms More Than Ever: Ruth Inst. Opens Motherhood Resource Center

May 4, 2021

For Immediate Release

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The World Needs Moms More Than Ever: Ruth Inst. Opens Motherhood Resource Center

In time for Mothers’ Day, the Ruth Institute launched the Motherhood Resource Center. Founder and president, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said, “This new Resource Center will be valuable to researchers, policy makers and concerned citizens alike. Visitors will find solid research, media and firsthand stories on the enduring influence of mothers for children and society.”

Among the stories are:


  • Becoming My Mother –“I take meals to neighbors because my mother did. I sit by my children’s door at night and read because she read to us.”
  • Bethany’s Story – “I was physically capable of birthing my child without my mother next to me. But in that moment, I felt the strongest connection to all the women in my family line.”

 

The media section includes videos, such as:

In the research section, Ruth Institute Senior Research Associate Fr. Paul Sullins summarizes the scientific literature in “The Case for Mom and Dad.” Other research showing the significance of motherhood are articles describing Harry Harlow’s pathbreaking work on monkeys and motherhood, and John Bowlby’s work on attachment theory.

“Bowlby’s work showed that our attachment to parental figures, in particular mothers, plays a huge, critical role in our ability to learn, grow, and develop healthy adult relationships,” Morse said. “Without a strong attachment, we are destined to be deeply disturbed. This insight was crucial to my work in Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.” In this book, now celebrating its 20th anniversary of publication, Morse demonstrates why the family is an irreplaceable social institution.

Morse concluded: “Previous generations didn’t have to be told the importance of mothers. Sadly, ours does. We need to explain to the world why the relationship of the child to his mother is so important for future success and happiness. The Ruth Institute Motherhood Resource Center will be valuable for a long time to come, providing support for the timeless truths about the value of motherhood.”

 

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.

 


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.

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