Mary Rice Hasson is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. where she directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, an initiative that responds to Pope Francis’s call for Catholic women to assume a higher profile within the Church and to think with the Church in addressing the problems of today.
Mrs. Hasson is the editor of a new book, Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor: 2015), and the co-author of the groundbreaking report, What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (EPPC, 2012), which offered new data and analysis of the views of church-going Catholic women, ages 18-54, on faith, conscience, and contraception. She is currently writing a book that proposes ways to engage Catholic women more effectively on topics related to sexual morality, conscience, and reproduction, in order to accompany women towards a deeper life in Christ.
Mrs. Hasson speaks on Catholicism, culture, women, sexual morality, and family life and writes for a variety of websites, policy journals, and scholarly publications. She has been interviewed by media outlets ranging from MSNBC to the BBC to EWTN, and by numerous Catholic radio programs. Before joining EPPC, Mrs. Hasson worked as an attorney and writer and served the Church for over twenty years in leadership positions in Catholic marriage preparation programs, diocesan education efforts, and Catholic ministries to women and families.
She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School. Mrs. Hasson and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, the parents of seven children, have been named the recipients of the 2015 Saint John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization.
Selected Video Interviews and Lectures
- “Women and Sexual Freedom: Is Consent All That Matters,” panel presentation, Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, November 2015
- Interview during Pope Francis’s visit to US, CSPAN, October 2015
- Keynote Remarks of the 2015 Saint John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization, Catholic Information Center, October 2015
[The Catholic Women's Forum, run by Mary Hasson] directly confronts a hostile culture, and with her characteristic grace and clarity, so many will be informed and inspired thanks to Mary's leadership.
Report Debunks ‘Born that Way’ Narrative and ‘Transgender’ Label for Kids
Published in The Federalist on August 23, 2016
New Study Refutes LGBT ‘Born that Way’ Theory, ‘Transgender’ Labels for Children
Published in OSV Newsweekly on August 22, 2016
Reality Check: Gender Diversity is Driven by a Top-Down Ideological Movement
Published in MercatorNet on June 9, 2016
Remarks Upon Acceptance of John Paul II New Evangelization Award
Published in Catholic Information Center on October 30, 2015
Catholic Education: Antidote to ‘Ideological Colonization’ in America
Published in Catholic Education Daily on October 22, 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Feds Paid Baby Organ-Harvesting Doc For Advice On ‘Healthy Baby’ Births
Published in The Federalist on July 20, 2015
The Supreme Court Has Legalized Same-Sex Marriage: Now What?
Published in National Review Online on June 27, 2015
Commitment, Chastity, Mercy are the Building Blocks for a Happy Marriage
Published in Our Sunday Visitor on February 8, 2015
As Marriage Culture Collapses, Liberals Want to Sterilize Poor and Minority Women
Published in Aleteia on November 5, 2014
Back to School: When Mr. Reuter Becomes ‘Ms. Reuter’
Published in The Federalist on August 5, 2014
Your Tuition Dollars at Work: How Colleges Promote a Perverse Sexual Ideology
Published in The Family in America
Youth Rights: A Trojan Horse for the Left’s Sexual Agenda
Published in The Federalist on February 13, 2014
Youth Rights and the Shrinking Power of Parents
Published in The Family in America, Fall 2013 Issue on
Breaking Silence: Catholics, Contraception, and Same-Sex Marriage
Published in Catholic Stand on July 8, 2013
The Girl Scouts: A “Groundbreaking” Feminist Moment
Published in Life News on June 5, 2013
Will ‘Transgender’ Rights Drive Catholics Out of Public Schools?
Published in Catholic Stand on March 11, 2013
The Catholic Church and the Girl Scouts: A Scandalous Mess
Published in Words from Cana on February 3, 2012
Girl Scouts Leadership: Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Ideologues
Published in Words from Cana on January 14, 2012
Catholic Youth Ministry Under Fire Over Girl Scouts' Pro-Abortion Ties
Published in Words from Cana on November 20, 2011