by Michael Bradley, a Ruth Institute “It Takes a Family” 2013 conference alumnus and a new graduate of Notre Dame University.

This article was first published at on May 21, 2014.

The University of Notre Dame is unwilling to bear an “uncompromising witness,” as Pope Francis challenged it to do, to the moral truths of marriage and sexuality. This is a subtle but certain pastoral failure on the university’s part.

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Come Out and Celebrate?

On October 18, 2013, in Homosexuality, by Betsy
by  , a Ruth Institute “It Takes a Family” 2013 alumnus

National Coming Out Day’s emphasis on “celebrating” students’ self-identification as LGBT undermines Notre Dame’s pastoral responsibility to help students develop an integrated sexual identity and a true understanding of human dignity.

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“The ‘who am I to judge’ comment was specifically referring to situations of a person with same sex attraction who is living a celibate life and seeking God in good faith.”

– Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse –

SAN DIEGO, CA – Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, president of the Ruth Institute, today released a statement regarding the recent remarks by Pope Francis.

Dr. Morse’s statement:

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by Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published at September 16, 2011.

Last week’s hearing in the California Supreme Court on whether the proponents of Prop 8 have standing to defend the measure in court seemed to go well for the defenders of natural marriage. But another issue lies beneath the surface of the court arguments. The issue is what kind of people are the marriage redefiners: Ted Olsen, Rob Reiner, and the American Foundation for Equal Rights?

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The Same-sex “Marriage” War: Why the Traditional Definition Should Remain the Standard

“We are the heirs of the fortitude and foresight of generations past,
and it is a legacy for which my own country is rightfully proud.”
-President Barack Obama
“Remarks by the President at the Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize” December 10, 2009


I would like to preface my words by stating that my opinions are not meant nor should be taken as personal attacks to those who identify as homosexual.  I love and value them as people and my heart goes out to them in any valid injustices they suffer.  If nothing else I say is understood in the way I intend it, please understand this: loving people who identify as homosexual and opposing same-sex marriage are not mutually exclusive.  There is a difference between loving a person and actively endorsing his or her actions.  My statements are to address the issues involved in defining marriage as anything other than the union of a man and a woman.  Marriage affects all of society, not just the alleged rights of a minority.


On December 10, 2009, President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.  In his acceptance speech, he talked of war between and within nations, its realities, and its consequences.  While pondering his remarks, I could not help but see a parallel in his message to a central focus in America’s “culture wars”—namely, genderless or so-called same-sex “marriage”.  I use his speech as a both a backdrop and a point of departure.  As such, his statements are sometimes used in a different context than his strict original intention.  Nevertheless, I believe the comparisons are valid and the principles completely applicable.  Like the President, “I do not bring with me today a definitive solution to the problems of [marriage].  What I do know is that meeting these challenges will require . . . vision.”[1] Unlike the President, I argue that if he or this nation truly espouses the principles he invokes in his Nobel speech, then the first step to strengthening marriage is to reverse the trend that has led us to even consider including same-sex couples into the institution of marriage.

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