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Posted on: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
“On November 18, 1920, Soviet Russia became the first country to legalize abortion,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of The Ruth Institute.
“It’s not surprising that a totalitarian state pioneered legalized abortion. Just as communism violates human rights on a massive scale, abortion denies the most fundamental of rights – the right to life – to the unborn child,” Morse declared. “That’s why it’s ironic that so many international organizations try to portray abortion as a fundamental human right, comparable to free speech or the right to a fair trial.”
Until the end of World War II, legalized abortion was limited to Russia and countries controlled by the U.S.S.R. Then Sweden and Japan followed suit. In the 1960s and 70s, many European democracies passed similar laws. In 1973, the Supreme Court imposed abortion on the United States.
Today, the World Health Organization estimates there are 50 million abortions a year worldwide. “The number of abortions performed in the past 100 years could be in the billions,’’ Morse said.
She also warned: “Now some prominent NGOs and government aid-givers are trying to force abortion on African countries like Kenya, despite overwhelming local opposition.
“It’s important for us all to understand the origins of legalized abortion. It started with a regime dedicated to the abolition of human rights and the family, and the massive expansion of state power,” Morse charged.
In Kenya, the fight against abortion is being led by groups like the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum.
Human Life International Poland has also been working to raise awareness of this tragic anniversary.
Posted on: Thursday, November 12, 2020
COMMENTARY: Scripture, sacred Tradition and our Catechism all agree: Sexual activity must be confined to a lawfully married husband and
Many of our friends from a variety of faith traditions have contacted the Ruth Institute regarding the recent statements attributed to Pope Francis regarding the Church’s position on civil unions for same-sex couples. I have one statement and two messages.
The statement is very simple: Pope Francis has not changed the magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church.
My messages are very simple, too:
1. Do not be diverted.
2. Do not be demoralized.
Let me explain.
I can tell you with 100% confidence that Pope Francis has not changed the magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church on the immorality of homosexual acts or on the true nature of marriage being the life-giving union between a man and a woman or anything else. How can I be so sure? Because he does not have the authority to change the teaching.
Every Catholic schoolchild is taught that the pope is only infallible when he speaks ex cathedra on matters of faith and morals. As a child, I was taught, as many of you were, that the pope can be wrong if he predicts who is going to win the World Series. As an adult, I extended that simple thought: When the pope makes personnel appointments or does foreign policy, he can be wrong, sometimes disastrously so. And, when he gives interviews to journalists with agendas, he certainly can be wrong.
In fact, there are levels of “magisterial-ness,” if you want to call it that. Some writings of the pope carry more weight than others. Look closely at this resource, which explains various levels of doctrinal authority. You will not see “random papal statements to tendentious journalists who cut and paste the pope’s words to his own liking” anywhere on the list.
But what did Pope Francis really mean to say? I have no idea. I don’t think it is productive to try to “explain” or “explain away” his latest confusing statements. I do have some thoughts about what he and those around him may be trying to accomplish.
I believe the Pope and his advisers are well aware that he does not have the authority to change the teaching. The Vatican has in effect, suggested that the teaching has changed. The Vatican held a reception honoring the filmmaker. The Vatican Press office initially ordered silence about the controversy. The following week, the Vatican Secretary of State issued a “clarification” that the average person most likely neither heard nor understood. The net result: people continue to hold the incorrect impression that the Church’s teaching has “progressed” on the matter of homosexuality.
I can think of two possible explanations for why they might do this. First, they are positioning themselves as heroes to the gay-friendly world media, by appearing to move the mean old, nasty, out-of-touch Catholic Church out of the darkness and into the Modern Sunlight. You could think of this as a bright shiny object that attracts everyone’s attention.
Meanwhile, they divert attention from the clergy sexual abuse cover-up, including the newly-released but long-delayed McCarrick Report. While the release of this report is an important step, many questions remain. It focuses on how people above McCarrick in the ecclesial ladder missed the numerous red flags. But so far absent is the all-important question of the networks of people below McCarrick. People who owe their careers and other benefits to McCarrick may still have secrets, still be causing problems, and may still be flying under the radar. I do not know how to get to the bottom of something like this. But that makes it all the more important that we remain vigilant.
This is why my first message to faithful Catholics is: Do not be diverted. Take every opportunity to steer the conversation back to our insistence that the Vatican continue becoming more transparent. Do not allow another confusing papal statement to change the subject away from this important topic.
The second possible explanation for this latest episode of Vatican-induced doctrinal confusion is to demoralize the remaining faithful Catholics who love the Church’s teachings and are trying to defend them. The sexual revolutionaries would love to completely take over the Catholic Church and put an end to our resistance to their ideology. As we all know, the Church’s ancient teaching is one of the last remaining bulwarks against the continued crimes of the Sexual Revolution.
This brings me to my second message: Do not be demoralized.
Demoralizing one’s opponents is an important aspect of psychological warfare. Do not give them the satisfaction of being discouraged or upset. Do you have a right to be angry? You bet. Is it in your interest to be discouraged? Absolutely not.
Catholics who wholly embrace Catholic teaching may find it painful to realize that the Church, the bride of Christ, has been corrupted by the worst sort of sexual revolutionaries. I agree. It is painful. It is also a fact. However, we are not alone. Pretty much every profession and every sector of society, and yes, pretty much every church, has been corrupted by the Sexual Revolution.
The Church’s teaching is good and true. Scripture, sacred Tradition and our Catechism all agree. Sexual activity must be confined to a lawfully married husband and wife. This teaching belongs to all of us. The Pope has a responsibility to defend it. So does every bishop and every priest. And so, dear friends, do we as baptized Catholics. We have every right and responsibility to defend the teaching. If the hierarchy refuses to defend the teaching, it is all the more important that we do so.
Remember: Pope Francis does not have the authority to change Church teaching. He knows this. The media’s barely-concealed glee that the Catholic Church is ‘progressing’ is a distraction. We should work together to get the conversation back where it belongs, which is that the Vatican needs to be fully transparent about clergy sex abuse and harassment, and the role that homosexuality among the clergy plays in this.
Everything else is a distraction. In the immortal words of the late great Pope St. John Paul II: Be not afraid!
Posted on: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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.”
Posted on: Monday, November 09, 2020
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.
Posted on: Thursday, November 05, 2020
“Despite a recent poll showing 85% of Kenyan citizens support the right to life, international NGOs are pushing a new abortion bill, which would override the will of the people,” said Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.
The deceptively named Reproductive Healthcare Bill is currently before the Kenyan Parliament. Morse noted: “The Kenyan Constitution, updated in 2010, states that ‘the life of a person begins at conception.’ It prohibits abortion except when the life or health of the mother is threatened.”
The bill not only imposes abortion on demand, but violates the conscience-rights of medical workers by providing a three-year prison sentence and a fine of one million Kenyan shillings for those who refuse to refer a woman to an abortion provider or, in an emergency, perform the abortion themselves.
“This not only nullifies the right to life enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution, but mandates draconian punishment for medical professionals who refuse to participate in abortions – either directly or indirectly,” Morse said.
Anne Kioko, CitizenGo Campaign Director for Africa, said the bill goes beyond abortion. “It imposes abortion on demand, surrogacy, and sexualization of children through what they euphemistically term ‘age appropriate’ education, which also advocates homosexuality for children.”
Vincent K. Kimosop, Secretary of the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum, confirmed that, “The current version of the bill allows minors access to contraceptives and information on sex without parental participation or responsibility.”
Morse observed: “Groups like Planned Parenthood International, Marie Stopes International and the Soros-funded Open Democracy foundations have been relentless, both lobbying and making legalization of abortion a condition for international aid.”
Speaking at the 2019 Uganda National Youth Conference sponsored by the Kasana-Luweero Diocese, Morse stated: “The old economic colonialism attempted to dominate the physical resources of the African continent. The new ideological imperialism attempts to dominate the soul of Africa.”
Morse concluded: “The Sexual Revolution is not native to Africa. Wealthy and powerful people and organizations have spent vast sums of money to promote
the Sexual Revolution.” These elites have “captured the use of government and international agencies to impose these ideologies around the world,
especially on traditional societies.”
Posted on: Thursday, November 05, 2020
“Whatever the outcome of Tuesday’s election, COVID policy is likely to change,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. “We should not forget the lessons we’ve learned about the Global Ruling Class and their priorities. Since the pandemic was declared in March, we have learned that there really is a Global technocratic ruling class and that they fully support the Sexual Revolution.”
Here are a few examples of their priorities:
Regarding the last, Morse observed: “Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s COVID expert, favors contact tracing for those infected with the virus, but has no problem with sex among those who’ve hooked up through sites like Tinder or Grindr. In an April interview, the immunologist said that if someone chooses to be intimate with a casual acquaintance ‘that’s your choice’ regarding the risk.”
Morse added: “The unlimited abortion and contraception rights are based on a ‘right to privacy’ which the US Supreme Court discovered emanating from the penumbra of the First Amendment.All of a sudden, the technocratic elites have no privacy concerns whatsoever about testing or contact tracing for the Coronavirus.”
“The bottom line here,” said Morse, “is that the Global Ruling Class didn’t let COVID interfere in any way with the Sexual Revolution, which it embraces
enthusiastically. Throughout the COVID crisis, virtually every aspect of life has been turned upside down, but not one premise of the Sexual Revolution
has been challenged. The Global Ruling Class has tipped its hand: they support the Sexual Revolution, even when it risks people's health and well-being.”
Posted on: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said she was, “greatly encouraged that Netflix has been indicted by a grand jury in Tyler,
Texas, for showing the movie ‘Cuties.’ I’m glad something is finally being done to oppose the sexual exploitation of children, as exemplified by
this French film.”
Morse explained in an August 26 press release: “The movie is about a group of pre-teen girls doing highly eroticized dance routines to win a competition. From the way they’re dressed to their moves, ‘Cuties’ sexualizes girls who were playing with dolls a short time ago. Such depictions groom young women to be victims.”
Morse also noted from a Fox Business article, “Netflix is paying the price for promoting this degeneracy. Since it began showing ‘Cuties’ last month, it’s seen a spike in subscribers choosing not to renew the service, compared to the same period last year.”
There have also been calls in Congress for the Department of Justice to launch a criminal investigation. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R, Fla.) said it was time to “stop catering to predators and start paying more attention to protecting children.”
Morse concluded, “We need to get serious about combating the plague of child pornography. Young lives are at stake.”
Posted on: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
“Pope Francis does not have the authority to change Church teaching. He knows this. The media’s barely-concealed glee that the Catholic Church is ‘progressing’ is a distraction. We should put the emphasis where it belongs: on the continued cover-up of then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s homosexual predation,” said Ruth Inst. President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. “Why is the Vatican suppressing a report on his crimes?”
In an interview with a Mexican reporter in 2017, Pope Francis seemed to endorse same-sex unions. However, as Ruth Inst. Senior Research Associate Fr. Paul Sullins explains: “a personal, spontaneous statement by the pope in an interview has no doctrinal authority.
“The most recent authoritative statement on the matter declares, ‘The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions,’” Sullins noted.
“We need to get the conversation back where it belongs,” Morse said, “which is the Vatican covering up massive crimes of homosexual predation. Trying to convince people that they are more ‘gay friendly’ than the supposedly outdated Church is changing the subject. According to the Catholic News Agency, the Vatican opened its investigation of McCarrick two years ago. Rumors have circulated for months that the report is completed – a report that names who knew about McCarrick’s crimes, when they knew, and why they covered up for him.”
An August 11 editorial in the National Catholic Reporter explains, “Theodore McCarrick was promoted through the ranks of the Catholic hierarchy for decades, despite multiple, then-secret reports of his sexual misconduct with seminarians.” He was made archbishop of Washington, D.C. in 2000 and a cardinal in 2001, while he was abusing young men in the Church.
“We insist that the McCarrick report be released immediately,” Morse said. “It’s been more than a year since Pope Francis ordered it. We understand that the report has been completed. It should have been released. That it hasn’t is a scandal. What are they hiding?”
Fr. Sullins, retired professor of sociology at the Catholic University of America and now Senior Research Associate of the Ruth Institute, has authored two definitive reports on the correlation between homosexuality among Catholic priests and clerical sexual abuse, including “Report on Clergy Sex Abuse.”
Posted on: Monday, October 19, 2020
“Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we chose to focus on the abortion breast cancer link -- ABC,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.
“On the latest Dr. J Show, I interviewed Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, MD, who has spent decades documenting the ABC link.”
Before her retirement, Dr. Lanfranchi spent more than 33 years as a breast cancer surgeon practicing in New Jersey. She is also the co-founder and president of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.
Morse noted: “Only 15% of women who smoke get cancer, while 5-10% of women who’ve had an abortion get breast cancer. In both cases, the risk is very real.”
Lanfranchi reported: “In a period when 48 million abortions were done on American women, the incidence of breast cancer rose 40%.” Moreover, “Romania enjoyed one of the lowest breast cancer rates when abortion was illegal but has developed one of the world’s highest rates since abortion was legalized.”
She added, “By 1995, after abortion was widely legalized in the West, 17 studies worldwide (8 on American women) showed a statistically significant abortion breast cancer link.”
Morse charged: “Some in the medical community and media have either ignored or tried to discredit this research. But our first concern should be women’s
health, not trying to bolster a political position, for or against abortion.”
Posted on: Friday, October 16, 2020
October 16, 2020
For Immediate Release
“Judge Barrett did not have to apologize at all for using the expression ‘sexual preference,’” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., “Homosexuality is not innate.”
Morse was commenting on an exchange in the course of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) objected to Barrett’s use of the expression (in regard to Obergefell v. Hodges) which she said was “offensive to the LGBT community,” whereupon Barrett apologized.
Morse remarked: “The LGBT community, so-called, can take offense at anything they want. We certainly can’t stop them. However, science has now proven beyond doubt that there is no ‘gay gene.’ Whatever combination of nature and nurture, choice and chance, may be at work for any particular person’s situation, hard genetic determinism is certainly not correct.”
She added: “Self-identifying as ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ or ‘transgender’ is certainly a choice. Living a sexually active life with partners of the same sex is a choice, in fact, a whole series of choices.
“Unfortunately, we now have science by interest-group intimidation,” Morse charged.
In a commentary on a study in the August 30, 2019 issue of the publication Science, Fr. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., the Ruth Institute’s Senior Research Associate, remarked that the study “explodes the false narrative that being gay is an innate condition that is controlled or largely compelled by one’s genetic makeup.”
Sullins explains: “Rebutting decades of search by LGBT scientists for a ‘gay gene,’ the study’s first author flatly concludes ‘it will be basically impossible to predict one’s sexual activity or orientation from genetics.’” http://www.ruthinstitute.org/ruth-speaks-out/born-this-way-no-gay-gene
Morse added: “But this false narrative of gay at birth, or homosexuality as an innate condition, was the basis for the Supreme Court’s decision mandating same-sex marriage in Obergefell. That’s why the LGBT movement and its apologists become hysterical at the suggestion that homosexual behavior is a choice, implied in the expression ‘sexual preference.’ For the Sexual State, there’s so much at stake here.
“Ironically, the same politicians who say ‘listen to the scientists’ when it comes to COVID, are saying ‘Don’t listen to the scientists; listen to us,’ when it comes to homosexuality,” Morse remarked.
On June 5, 2020, Morse interviewed Dr. Walter Schumm of Kansas State University on efforts to silence research on gay issues.