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

May 14, 2021

For Immediate Release

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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. 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.


Ruth Institute Sends Roses to Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson for His Stalwart Defense of Catholic Teaching

For more information, contact: Rachel Golden info@ruthinstitute.org

The Ruth Institute sent two dozen white roses to Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson for his defense of Catholic teaching in the case of a teacher at the city’s Cathedral High School involved in a “same-sex marriage.”

As Archbishop Thompson requested, the teacher in question has been separated from the school.

A statement from the Archdiocese said, “The issue is not about sexual orientation; rather, it is about our expectation that all personnel inside a Catholic school — who are ministers of the faith — abide by all Church teachings, including the nature of marriage.”

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. said Roses from Ruth are “presented in gratitude for upholding the Church’s teachings on life, marriage and human sexuality.”

Morse added: “In an era when the media does its best to enforce cultural orthodoxy, courageous defenders of Catholic doctrine deserve an expression of our gratitude.”

Past recipients of Roses from Ruth, which was started in 2016, have included Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Diocese of Richmond, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Ore.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family in the public arena and build a Civilization of Love.

 

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The Ruth Institute congratulates Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland for his clear teaching on marriage and morality

(February 27, 2017, San Marcos, CA) The Ruth Institute sent a letter of commendation and 24 white roses to Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon, congratulating and thanking him for his defense of Catholic teaching on marriage.

In his Pastoral Letter, “A True and Living Icon,” Archbishop Sample stated,

“The indissolubility of marriage is a precious and essential teaching of the Church, revealed by Jesus and cherished in our unbroken Tradition… The marriage bond is indissoluble because the Gospel covenant is indissoluble, for the sacrament signifies Christ’s permanent union with his Church.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization dedicated to finding Christ-like solutions to the problems of family breakdown. Founded by world renowned author, speaker and academic, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, the Ruth Institute has accumulated decades of research to support individuals and families harmed by divorce, the hook-up culture, and other forms of family breakdown.


Dr. Morse stated, “We are particularly encouraged that Archbishop Sample addressed three possible misuses of Amoris Laetitia. Misuse One: Conscience Legitimizes Actions Contravening Divine Commandments. Misuse Two: Under Certain Conditions Divine Prohibitions Admit of Exceptions. And Misuse Three: Human Frailty Exempts from Divine Command. Time has shown the Archbishop’s foresight in this area, as many people, including people who ought to know better, are making these very mistakes.”

Jennifer Johnson, Director of the Ruth Institute’s Children of Divorce project stated, “We are so grateful for Archbishop Sample’s clear teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. We hear from people who have been harmed by family breakdown, literally every day. Straying from Jesus’s teaching on the permanence of marriage has devastated millions of children and deserted spouses. We want the Archbishop to know these wounded souls deeply appreciate his words.”

Dr. Morse is available for interviews about the Roses from Ruth Initiative, the Archbishop’s statement, the current controversies over Amoris Laetitia, and Catholic teaching on marriage. To interview Dr. Morse or Jennifer Johnson, contact the Ruth Institute at: info@ruthinstitute.org or (760) 295-9278.

To read the Ruth Institute’s full Commendation, go here. To read the Archbishop’s statement, go here.


Catholics Nationwide Reject claims of “Catholics for Choice”

Global Non-Profit Honors Catholic Prelates for Rebutting “Catholics for Choice”
Roses from Ruth, October 2016 Recipients

Responders to the “Catholics for Choice” newspaper ads

  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, on behalf of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston
  • Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio
  • Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas and
  • Bishop Steven Lopez of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on behalf of the Texas Catholic Conference
  • Archbishop John Myer of Newark, New Jersey
  • Bishop Michael Olson of Ft. Worth, TX
  • Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas 

This morning, the Ruth Institute sent a letter of commendation and 12 white roses to the above-named American cardinals, archbishops and bishops, thanking them for their defense of Catholic teaching. The badly misnamed “Catholics for Choice” sponsored paid newspaper advertisements, “Abortion in Good Faith,” across the country. These Catholic churchmen set the record straight.


Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, President of the Ruth Institute, stated, “’Catholics for Choice’ is seriously out of touch with the views of Catholics across the country. In this election year of so much confusion and rancor, the followers of the Ruth Institute and other pro-life, pro-family groups are encouraged by the unified response of these Catholic churchmen.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization dedicated to finding Christ-like solutions to the problems of family breakdown. Founded by world renowned author, speaker and academic Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, the Ruth Institute has accumulated decades of research to support individuals and families harmed by divorce, the hook-up culture and other forms of family breakdown. Ruth Institute, an interfaith organization, dreams of the day when every child will be welcomed into a loving home with a married mother and father.

Dr. Morse stated, “We are encouraged that these bishops stated clearly, each in his own way, that abortion is the taking of an innocent life and can never be justified. We are pleased that they cleared up any possible confusion created by the pro-abortion front group ‘Catholics for Choice.’ We

thank these Catholic churchmen for their full-throated defense of life.” Previous recipients of Roses from Ruth include Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo of Richmond, Virginia.

As a sign of support for these cardinals, archbishops and bishops, the Ruth Institute offers these roses and our prayers for them and all the people of our great nation.

Dr. Morse is available for interviews about the Roses from Ruth Initiative, these statements from the clergy, and Catholic teaching on life and marriage. To interview Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, please email info@ruthinstitute.org. The full Commendations are available at our blog Ruth Speaks Out.

Quotations from each of these clergymen are listed at the bottom of this release. In addition to the above-named churchmen, the Catholic Conferences of the following states also issued responses to the Catholics for Choice ads.

Extracts from statements of the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops:

Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, stated: “The use of the name 'Catholic' as a platform to promote the taking of innocent human life is offensive not only to Catholics, but to all who expect honesty and forthrightness in public discourse. CFC … is funded by powerful private foundations to promote abortion as a method of population control.”

The Texas bishops, led by Cardinal DiNardo and including Archbishop Garcia-Siller, Bishop Farrell and Bishop Lopes, stated: “Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity. Catholics, by definition, are in accord with the essential teachings of the Church and embrace the faith that has been handed down to us through Jesus Christ and the apostles. Someone cannot call themselves a Catholic, yet reject the sanctity of life by active support of abortion.”

Archbishop Garcia-Siller (San Antonio) independently stated: “For more than 2,000 years, the Church has steadfastly proclaimed that respect for all human life at every stage is foundational to the Catholic faith. Abortion from the earliest tradition of the Church has been considered immoral.”

Archbishop Myers (Newark, NJ) said: “To make sure everyone understands how misguided the Catholics for Choice effort is, read these few words from Pope Francis: “Abortion is without a doubt one of the greatest moral evils within modernity.”

Bishop Farrell (Dallas) said: “Regarding the full-page ad on Page 15A of Monday's edition of The Dallas Morning News, I want your readers to know that Catholics for Choice is not a true Catholic organization. Nor does it adhere to Catholic teaching. Instead, Catholics for Choice is a lobby group based in Washington, D.C., funded by the pro-abortion lobby.”

Bishop Olson (Ft. Worth) told his diocese: “These ads are intended to divide and to confuse Catholics about the authentic moral teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the responsibility of the Pope and Catholic bishops in unity with him to teach what is true and essential to this Gospel.”

Bishop Strickland (Tyler, TX) tweeted: “Let’s be clear that “Catholics for Choice” is absurd.”

Bishop Lopes said: “The insinuation that Catholic faith can lead a person to sanction something which is always and everywhere a moral evil is fraudulent, deceitful, and simply wrong.” (Bishop Lopes is the Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter which is a structure, similar to a diocese, that was created by the Vatican in 2012 for former Anglican communities and clergy seeking to become Catholic.)

 


The Ruth Institute congratulates and thanks Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Virginia for upholding Catholic teaching on marriage

The Ruth Institute recently sent a letter of commendation and 24 white roses to Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Virginia congratulating and thanking him for his defense of Catholic teaching. Tim Kaine, Democratic candidate for Vice President, has said that the church will change its teaching on marriage. Bishop DiLorenzo, Kaine’s local bishop, disagrees. The Bishop’s office posted the following:

“Despite recent statements from the campaign trail, the Catholic Church’s 2000-year- old teaching to the truth about what constitutes marriage remains unchanged and resolute.”

The statement continues by pointing out a foundational belief shared by the Ruth Institute: “Redefining marriage furthers no one’s rights, least of all those of children, who should not purposely be deprived of the right to be nurtured and loved by a mother and a father.”


The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization dedicated to finding Christ-like solutions to the problems of family breakdown. Founded by world renowned author, speaker and academic, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, the Ruth Institute has accumulated decades of research to support individuals and families harmed by divorce, the hook-up culture and other forms of family breakdown.

Dr. Morse stated, “We are particularly encouraged that Bishop DiLorenzo defended the rights of children to be nurtured and loved by their mothers and fathers.”

Dr. Morse continued, “The Ruth Institute dreams of the day when every child will be welcomed into a loving home with a married mother and father. We believe every child has the right to a relationship with both natural parents, unless some unavoidable tragedy prevents it. We believe every adult without exception has the right to know his or her cultural heritage and genetic identity. Bishop DiLorenzo has restated the ancient teachings of Christianity and of Jesus Christ Himself. These teachings protect the interests of children, as well as the interests of men and women in lifelong married love.”

As a sign of support for Bishop DiLorenzo, the Ruth Institute sent 24 white roses to the Bishop’s office, and offers prayers for him and for everyone in the Diocese of Richmond.

Dr. Morse is available for interviews about the Roses from Ruth Initiative, the Bishop’s statement, and Catholic teaching on marriage. To interview Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, contact the Ruth Institute at:

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