EPPC Fellow Mary Rice Hasson writes on Catholicism, culture, sexuality, and family life. She is the editor of a new book, Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor: 2015), which responds to Pope Francis’s call for women to assume a greater presence and influence in the Church. Mrs. Hasson also co-authored the ground-breaking report, What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (2012), which offered new data and analysis of the views of church-going Catholic women, ages 18-54, on faith, conscience, and contraception (download the report here; read the press release here). She is currently working on a book that builds on her 2012 research and explores the views of Catholic women on faith, sexual morality, and reproduction.
Mrs. Hasson writes commentary for a variety of websites, policy journals, and scholarly publications and has been interviewed by a wide range of media including CNN, MSNBC, EWTN, the BBC, the AP, and numerous radio programs. Noteworthy longer publications include “Your Tuition Dollars at Work: How Colleges Promote A Perverse Sexual Ideology” (Family in America, 2014), “Youth Rights and the Shrinking Power of Parents” (Family in America, 2013), “The Changing Conversation Around Homeschooling: An Argument For More Data and Less Ideology,” (University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2012), and “Parents’ Evaluation of Media Ratings A Decade After the Television Ratings Were Introduced,” Pediatrics (June 2011). She also co-authored, with Kimberly Hahn, the authoritative book on Catholic homeschooling, Catholic Education: Homeward Bound (Ignatius, 1995).
Before joining EPPC, Mrs. Hasson worked as an attorney, a writer, and held leadership positions in Catholic marriage preparation programs, diocesan education efforts, and Catholic ministries to women and families. Mrs. Hasson earned her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. She and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, are the parents of seven children.