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“Cardinal Mahony: Listen to the Survivors!” Ruth Institute Prez. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse urges Cardinal Mahony to Read Testimony by Victims of Clerical Sex Abuse Posted on the Ruth Institute Blog

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As part of its campaign to persuade Cardinal Roger Mahony to withdraw as a speaker at Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (March 22-24), Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. urged the Cardinal to read the testimony of survivors posted on the Institute’s blog, Tell Ruth the Truth.

“There Cardinal Mahony will read horrifying accounts of those victimized by  priests, among other predators. One woman said it’s been close to 20 years since she was repeatedly raped by a parish priest as a teenager. She suffers from PTSD and still has occasional flashbacks,” Morse disclosed.

“Though she remains a loyal Catholic, she relates that ‘to this day, looking at the white collar that priests wear sometimes causes anxiety.’ How much more so when Cardinal Mahony (head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011) speaks at a Catholic educational conference where he will interact with young people,” Morse explained.

Dr. Morse emphasized: “Even if the perpetrator was not a priest, the seeming indifference of Church leaders triggers painful memories for childhood sex abuse survivors. These people should be able to attend a religious education gathering without being triggered by the insensitivity of the Church, exemplified by Cardinal Mahony’s presence at the podium.”

Despite an online petition and other appeals, Cardinal Mahony still seems determined to speak at the Congress. A statement released by the L.A. archdiocesan communications director says the Cardinal has “apologized for mistakes of the past.”

Morse responded, “Cardinal Mahony is not acting like a man who is sorry. To call what these victims of clerical sex abuse endured ‘mistakes of the past,’ is insulting to the point of being borderline obscene.”

And Cardinal Mahony was in the thick of the scandal. Says Morse, “He had a terrible record of covering up clergy sex abuse, to the extent that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was forced to pay out $660 million in damages – the largest such settlement in the Church’s history.”

Another victim whose testimony is posted on the Ruth blog writes: “To Cardinal Mahony, I’d like to say, humble yourself, be honest about the past, and repent, both publicly and privately. Don’t make things worse by speaking from a place of authority because you’ve lost the credibility necessary.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit, inter-faith organization dedicated to fighting the Sexual Revolution and helping survivors to heal. It defends the family at home and in the public square and equips others to do the same.

 

To sign the petition asking that Cardinal Mahony withdraw from the L.A. Congress, go here.

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Ruth Institute President Calls Response to Request That Cardinal Mahony Withdraw from Education Conference “Pathetic”

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“Pathetic.” That’s how Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. characterized the response from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to the Institute’s petition calling on Cardinal Roger Mahony to withdraw as a speaker at the L.A. Religious Education Congress (March 22-24).

“The Cardinal has become a symbol of the mishandling of sex abuse complaints,” said Morse. “For him to address a Catholic education conference at this time is wildly in appropriate.”

Morse notes that, as head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011, “Cardinal Mahony had a terrible record of covering up sex abuse, to such an extent that the Archdiocese was forced to pay $660 million in damages – the largest such settlement in the Church’s history.”

In response to a request from America magazine, Carolina G. Guevara, archdiocesan communications director, stated that Mahony “apologized for mistakes of the past” and “met personally with victims and established a Victims Assistance Office to ensure that they would receive the support to help them through the healing process.”

Said Morse, “To call the horror of clerical sex abuse, and the Cardinal’s role in covering it up, ‘mistakes of the past’ is an understatement of epic proportions.”

“It’s good that Cardinal Mahony met with some victims of crimes he may have helped to cover up,” Morse observed. “But, if he’d acted responsibly when he was in a position of authority, there wouldn’t be as many victims in need of healing. Guevara’s statement is a weak rationalization for inexcusable conduct that diminishes the suffering of victims. Imagine how they will feel when he speaks at a conference where he will, in part, interact with youth.”

Morse added: “For the sake of victims, and the pain that never goes away, the Cardinal should do the decent thing and withdraw from the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to fighting the Sexual Revolution and helping survivors to heal. It defends the family at home and in the public square and equips others to do the same.

To sign the petition asking that Cardinal Mahony withdraw from the L.A. Congress, go here.

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Ruth Institute Founder Asks Cardinal Mahony to Withdraw as a Speaker at the Catholic Education Conference

 

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In the aftermath of the four-day Vatican summit on clergy sex abuse, the Ruth Institute renews its call for Roger Cardinal Mahony to withdraw from speaking at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (March 22-24).

 

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. notes that while Mahony was the head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, “He had a terrible record of covering up clergy sex abuse, to such an extent that the Archdiocese was forced to pay $660 million in damages – the largest such settlement in the Church’s history.”

In a recent letter to Cardinal Mahony, Morse notes her work as an advocate for survivors of the sexual revolution, many of whom have suffered from childhood sexual abuse. “Rightly or wrongly, they see you as a symbol of the mishandling of the sexual abuse of children by the clergy,” Morse said in her letter to Cardinal Mahony.

The Ruth Institute, an inter-faith, pro-family organization combatting the Sexual Revolution and clerical sex abuse, is also sponsoring a petition asking retired Cardinal Mahony to withdraw from the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the largest Catholic gathering in the US.

The Petition observes that due to Cardinal Mahony’s mishandling of the abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose Gomez relieved him of administrative and public duties in 2013. Cardinal Mahony’s dismal record was thoroughly documented by the Los Angeles Times.

Dr. Morse stated, “The Cardinal’s participation in the Religious Education Congress is an insult to the victims of clergy sex abuse, and all Catholic faithful. It is also out of step with the Church’s attempts to address the crisis, reflected in the summit at the Vatican.”

Dr. Morse concluded: “Your Eminence, with all due respect to your office, show some class. Stay home from the Religious Education Congress. Your presence will be hurtful to people who have already suffered enough.”

To sign the petition asking that Cardinal Mahony withdraw from the L.A. Congress, go here.

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Ruth Institute Asks Cardinal Mahony to Withdraw from Los Angeles Religious Education Congress

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On February 15, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, sent a letter to Cardinal Roger Mahony, asking him to withdraw as a speaker at the upcoming Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (March 21-24, 2019) at the Anaheim Convention Center.

In her letter, Morse notes her work as an advocate for survivors of the sexual revolution, many of whom have suffered from childhood sexual abuse. “Rightly or wrongly, they see you as a symbol of the mishandling of the sexual abuse of children by the clergy,” Morse told Mahony.

Cardinal Mahony was archbishop of Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011. In 2013, he was barred from any public ministry in Los Angeles by his successor, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez.

At the time, an article in the National Catholic Reporter said the move reflected, “Mahony’s alleged failures to protect young people from sexually abusive priests – documented in court filings in recent years.”

In light of this, Morse said it was difficult to comprehend why Cardinal Mahony was invited to address the Congress in the first place.

That aside, she said his appearance at an event geared in part to youth is “deeply hurtful” to victims of clerical sexual abuse. Morse told the Cardinal that withdrawing from speaking at the Congress “would be showing respect for the feelings of people who have already suffered too much.”

The Ruth Institute is the sponsor of an online petition calling for Cardinal Mahony’s withdrawal.

The Institute is a global non-profit organization that defends the family at home and in the public square and equips others to do the same.

Morse’s latest book is The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives. Find out more at thesexualstate.com

To sign the petition asking that Cardinal Mahony withdraw from the L.A. Congress, go here.

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


Ruth Institute Petition Asks Cardinal Mahony to Withdraw as a Speaker at the Catholic Education Conference

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The Ruth Institute, an inter-faith pro-family organization combatting the Sexual Revolution and clerical sex abuse, launched a petition asking retired Cardinal Roger Mahony to withdraw as a speaker at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (March 22-24).

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. notes that during Mahony’s tenure leading the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, “He had a terrible record of covering up clergy sex abuse. The Archdiocese was forced to pay $660 million in damages – the largest such settlement in the Church’s history.”

The Petition observes that due to Cardinal Mahony’s mishandling of the abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose Gomez relieved him of administrative and public duties in 2013. Cardinal Mahony’s dismal record was thoroughly documented by the Los Angeles Times.

Morse concludes, “The Cardinal’s participation in the Religious Education Congress is a travesty and an insult to the victims of clergy sex abuse, and all Catholic faithful.”

Fr. Paul Sullins Ph.D., Senior Research Associate of the Ruth Institute, is the author of the groundbreaking November 2018 study, “The Role of ‘Sexual Orientation’ in the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal in the Catholic Church.”  This resource is available at ruthinstitute.org/csa-background.

Dr. Morse concluded: “Your Eminence, with all due respect to your office, show some class. Stay home from the Religious Education Congress. Your presence will be hurtful to people who have already suffered enough.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization dedicated to fighting the Sexual Revolution and helping survivors to heal. It defends the family at home and in the public square and equips others to do the same.

To sign the petition asking that Cardinal Mahony withdraw from the L.A. Congress go here.

For more information on The Ruth Institute: www.ruthinstitute.org.

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


Ruth Institute Releases Study on the Role of “Sexual Orientation” in the Catholic Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal

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The Ruth Institute released a study by Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., that sheds new light on the sexual abuse scandal which has rocked the Catholic Church for years.

The study analyzes national data collected by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, data codified from the 1100-page Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report released in August 2018, and data from a 2002 survey of Catholic priests by the Los Angeles Times.

The Ruth Institute study shows:

  • a disturbing recent increase in the number of sexual incidents reported since 2010.
  • a strong correlation between the percentage of self-described homosexuals in the Catholic priesthood and the incidence of sexual abuse of minors by the clergy.

Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse says: “To properly assess the sexual abuse scandal which has plagued the Catholic Church for decades now, certain issues must be confronted with an uncompromising commitment to learning the truth wherever it leads us – even if that truth is politically incorrect.”

Fr. Sullins added, "The data file compiled from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report is available at our new webpage (ruthinstitute.org/clergy-sex-abuse) dedicated to gathering information about the clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. We invite other researchers to take advantage of the opportunity to utilize this data."


The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend their beliefs about the family to create a culture of lifelong married love. The Ruth Institute has responded to the latest round of clergy sex abuse revelations by encouraging the laity to do two things:

  • Insist on justice regarding clergy sex abuse. That includes punishment for the guilty, protection for the innocent and restoration for the victims, as far as humanly possible.
  • Proclaim the full truth of the Church's teaching on marriage, family and human sexuality.

Dr. Morse has a Ph.D. in economics and taught at Yale and George Mason Universities. She’s the author of numerous books, including The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives, released in August.

Fr. Sullins has a Ph.D. in sociology and is recently retired from teaching at the Catholic University of America. Formerly a married Episcopalian priest, he is now a married Catholic priest, and has written a book on that subject, Keeping the Vow: The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Dr. Morse or Fr. Sullins, please contact: media@ruthinstitute.org

For the Ruth Institute Clergy Sex Abuse webpage: ruthinstitute.org/clergy-sex-abuse


Latest Clerical Abuse Revelations Show Importance of “The Sexual State”

In a recent interview with The Catholic World Report, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. dissected the ongoing clerical sex scandals in the light of new book – The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives and Why the Church Was Right All Along.

A noted author, academic and campus speaker, Dr. Morse said revelations of sexual abuse by priests and members of the hierarchy are one more tragic result of the sexual revolution. The sexual revolution “provides cover for predatory behavior. After all,” says Morse, “the bottom line of the sexual revolution is that sex is an entitlement. Who really believes that? The rapist: that’s who.”

Dr. Morse says that “Too many men are using their position of authority and respect in the Church to pursue their private sexual purposes. It is no wonder so many clergy refuse to preach or teach on sexual issues.”

This makes it even more important that faithful Catholics “take up the challenge of educating themselves, living the Church’s teaching, and sharing with others. We can’t wait for the clergy to put their houses in order.”


Publication of The Sexual State comes at a crucial time. It exposes and counters the radical sexual “morality” of “an out-of-touch elite class,” imposed on ordinary people by government, including “three false and calamitous ideologies – contraception, divorce and gender – that have led to widespread and profound unhappiness.”

The best way to fight this is by:

  • Forming a lifelong plan for cooperating with one person who will co-parent with you
  • Only having sex with the person you are married to
  • Staying married unless someone does something really awful
  • Not attempting a “remarriage”
  • Being nice to your spouse, so he or she can put up with you

In other words, traditional Christian sexual morality has been right all along.

The Sexual State is essential reading for survivors of the sexual revolution, Catholic educators, clergy of all denominations, parents, grandparents and everyone who wants to know how to counter the current climate of indulgence, tragedy and family decline.

Jennifer Roback Morse has a doctorate in economics and has taught at Yale and George Mason University before leaving academic life to care for her two children. She is the president of the Ruth Institute, located in Lake Charles, LA.

The Sexual State was published in August 2018 by TAN Books. To arrange an interview with Dr. Morse, contact Beth Johnson at media@ruthinstitute.org.

 

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