…and how we Catholics can help him

by Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published at The Daily Caller on January 9, 2015 and at aleteia.org, January 10, 2015.

Pundits left and right have been jockeying for position in anticipation of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. This is quite amazing, considering that even the publication date hasn’t been published yet!

I do not know what he is going to say. Neither, dear reader, does anyone else whom you are likely to read. However, I can tell you two things that he will certainly NOT say. And those two unsaid things have the potential to speak volumes, if only we will listen. (more…)

by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published December 26, 2014, at ChristianPost.com.

In the midst of all our preparations for our Christmas celebrations, something serious appeared on the horizon. A former Evangelical, Valerie Tarico, wrote an article on Salon called “Why rape is so intrinsic to religion.” With a title like that, the week before Christmas: one can only surmise that she intended to provoke. (more…)

What we accomplished this year

What the Ruth Institute is most proud of and thankful for this year is the accomplishments of our “It Takes a Family to Raise a Village” (ITAF) leadership conference graduates. We have several we’d like to feature for you today. Check out what these students, emboldened by their experience with the Ruth Institute, have gone on to accomplish on their campuses.

Judy Romea, ITAF 2010, led the Stanford University Anscombe Society in its battle for the right to even discuss man/woman marriage on campus. In this interview, she mentions her experience with the Ruth Institute. She and Michael Bradley (see below), were both on EWTN’s Life on the Rock discussing their campus struggles. [Image on left] (more…)

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December 21st, 2014

Love_BlogChristmas is the saddest time of the year in which to feel lonely. We can feel alone in a crowded room, when we feel no one really knows or understands us. We can feel alone because we literally have no one around us. There are so many reasons today why people are estranged from their families. Christmas loneliness may be one of the great unsung stories of our time.

How to overcome this loneliness? (more…)

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As somebody who was raised in multiple divorce/remarriage situations, the phrase “blended family” has always reminded me of a blender.  Yes, a literal blender, like this: [Find the videos at the original post on the Ruth blog here.]

A blender is a machine that takes various soft tissues and liquefies, chops, cuts, etc., with the intent of creating a unique new, whole, thing. It isn’t a pleasant process if you happen to be in the role of the blendee. I know that the intent behind “blended family” is to convey something far milder than being put through a blender. It’s supposed to serve as a replacement for “step family,” which some feel is more harsh or stark. (more…)

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