Mary Rice Hasson

Kate O’Beirne Fellow

Mary Rice Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. She also directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars seeking to amplify the voice of Catholic women in support of human dignity, authentic freedom, and Catholic social teaching.

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Mary Rice Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. She also directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars seeking to amplify the voice of Catholic women in support of human dignity, authentic freedom, and Catholic social teaching.

Mary is an expert on topics related to women, faith, culture, family, sexual morality, and gender ideology.  She has been a keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for the past three years (2019: “Gender Ideology: Ideological Aggression Against Women and Girls” and “Valuing Unpaid Caregiving: The Human Dimension”; 2018: “The Integral Education of Rural Women and Girls” and 2017: “The Distinctiveness of Women’s Work and Women’s Empowerment”). Mary is a Consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth. She speaks frequently at national, regional, and diocesan conferences and conducts workshops for Catholic parishes and dioceses on sexuality, gender identity, and pastoral care.

Mary’s writing has appeared in a variety of websites, policy journals, and scholarly publications; she has been interviewed by a wide range of national media and is a frequent commentator on EWTN and Catholic radio.

Mary is the co-author, with Theresa Farnan, PhD, of Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child From Public School Before It’s Too Late (Regnery: 2018), the editor of Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor: 2015), and the co-author with Kimberly Hahn of Catholic Education: Homeward Bound (Ignatius Press: 1996). She is also the co-author of the reportWhat Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (EPPC 2012), co-author of a study on parents’ use of media ratings, published in the medical journal Pediatrics (2011), and the author of a chapter (“What About Sex: Habits of Heart for a Fulfilling Sexual Relationship and a Happy Marriage”) in the recent book, Venus and Virtue: Celebrating Sex and Seeking Sanctification (2018).

Before joining EPPC, Mary 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.

Mary was the recipient of the 2019 Humanitarian Award from the Siena Symposium of the University of St. Thomas, and in 2015, Mary and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, the parents of seven, were the recipients of the 2015 Saint John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization.

A note about the Catholic Women’s Forum:  Taking its inspiration from Pope St. John Paul II, who wrote that women have “the task of assuring the moral dimension of culture…a culture worthy of the person,” (Christifideles Laici, 51and Pope Francis, who wrote of the need for  “a more incisive female presence in the Church,” (Evangelii Gaudium, 103), the Catholic Women’s Forum shapes the culture and serves the Church through its members’ expertise, an annual scholars’ symposium, media work, and periodic networking events. CWF also offers timely articles and resources through its websitenewsletter and social media. To learn more, please visit catholicwomensforum.org.

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Mary Hasson’s Testimony on Michigan Girls’ Sports Bill

Mary Rice Hasson

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson presented testimony to the Michigan State Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness on SB 218, which provides for single-sex high school athletics, determined on the basis of biological sex.

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INTERVIEW: Catholic Scholar Addresses ‘Gender Ideology’ and Transgender Issues with Compassion, Honesty

Mary Rice Hasson

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson discusses both the Equality Act and transgender issues more broadly with the Arlington Catholic Herald.

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Testimony of Mary Hasson to Australian Parliament in Favor of Parental Rights Bill

Mary Rice Hasson

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson submitted testimony to the Parliament of New South Wales, Australia, in support of legislation that would prohibit the teaching of gender fluidity and to protect the primacy of parental responsibility for instilling core values in their children.

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Testimony / April 29, 2021

Testimony of Mary Hasson on the Equality Act

Mary Rice Hasson

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson delivered testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Equality Act.

Articles, Testimony

Senate Judiciary Committee / March 17, 2021

The Equality Act and the End of ‘Females’

Mary Rice Hasson

The Equality Act spells disaster—not only for females, but for all of us who believe that our laws and language must be grounded in reality.

Articles

Newsweek / February 24, 2021

INTERVIEW: Mary Rice Hasson on Person and Identity Project

Mary Rice Hasson

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson spoke with Rod Dreher of The American Conservative about the launch of the Person and Identity Project, a new web resource from EPPC’s Catholic Women’s Forum that provides formation, resources, and pastoral guidance on issues of faith, “gender,” and sexual identity.

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The American Conservative / February 9, 2021

What Catholics Need to Know About Biden’s Executive Order on Gender Identity

Mary Rice Hasson

The disparate reactions to President Biden’s executive order on gender identity represent more than America’s polarized politics; they hint at deeper conflicts over the nature of the human person and the common good.

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Our Sunday Visitor / January 29, 2021

‘It Isn’t Hate to Speak the Truth’: J.K. Rowling Takes a Stand against Gender Ideology,…

Mary Rice Hasson

The transgender movement’s rapid redefinition of what it means to be a human person — who we are — threatens our culture, religious freedom and human flourishing.

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Our Sunday Visitor / June 15, 2020

COVID-19 Relief and Saving Catholic Schools

Mary Rice Hasson

Catholic schools, along with other faith-based schools, are a vital gift to the families they serve and to our country. America’s COVID-19 relief efforts should support the educational choices of all families and work to save Catholic schools.

Articles

Public Discourse / May 27, 2020

The Pope Is Catholic After All

Mary Rice Hasson

Pope Francis’s affirmation of church doctrine is encouraging for anxious parishioners.

Articles

The Wall Street Journal / February 13, 2020

Why States Are Trying to End Hormones, Surgeries for Gender-Confused Children

Mary Rice Hasson

In nearly a dozen states, lawmakers are seeking to ban experimental medical treatments for children who experience gender dysphoria or who identify as transgender.

Articles

Our Sunday Visitor / January 31, 2020

The War on Parents’ Rights

Mary Rice Hasson

Public schools across the country routinely invoke district “gender policies” to justify hiding information about children’s gender transitions from their parents.

Articles

Washington Examiner / January 23, 2020