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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EXCLUSIVE: Feds Paid Baby Organ-Harvesting Doc For Advice On ‘Healthy Baby’ Births

Mary Rice Hasson

Leave it to the Obama administration to tap an abortionist–the infamous Dr. Deborah Nucatola–for ‘expert’ advice on ensuring that children are ‘born healthy.’ The real question is: how much are we, the American taxpayers, paying Dr. Nucatola for her ‘expert’ opinion?

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The Federalist / July 20, 2015

The Supreme Court Has Legalized Same-Sex Marriage: Now What?

Mary Rice Hasson

Religious liberty — and even the common understanding of the “nature of things” — is on shaky ground after Obergefell.

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National Review Online / June 30, 2015

Catholic Women Speak Out

Mary Rice Hasson

A conversation about a new book of essays by Catholic women and the need for complementarity and collaboration between men and women in the Church and society today.

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National Review Online / May 12, 2015

Commitment, Chastity, Mercy are the Building Blocks for a Happy Marriage

Mary Rice Hasson

Marriage looks risky to young couples, so finding the success factor matters a lot.

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Our Sunday Visitor / February 11, 2015

As Marriage Culture Collapses, Liberals Want to Sterilize Poor and Minority Women

Mary Rice Hasson

The collapse of marriage — combined with high rates of unwed birth — has given liberals an opening to push long-term, “temporary” sterilization as the “default” approach for low- and middle-income young women and minorities.

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Aleteia / November 5, 2014

The Culture Wars – Have We Lost?

Mary Rice Hasson

The New York Times says it’s over: we’ve lost and they’ve won. But the statistics attesting to their culture war victory tell of brokenness and ruin–of ‘victory’ at odds with the human person’s deepest longings for what’s good, true, and beautiful.

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Aleteia / October 15, 2014

Back to School: When Mr. Reuter Becomes ‘Ms. Reuter’

Mary Rice Hasson

What happens when a teacher ‘transitions’ from male to female? An elementary school in Washington, D.C. provides a case study in the left’s efforts to foist ideological conformity on America’s school children, re-educating them in gender and sexuality according to queer theory.

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The Federalist / August 6, 2014

Your Tuition Dollars at Work: How Colleges Promote a Perverse Sexual Ideology

Mary Rice Hasson

College and university administrations have officially endorsed—and are busy embedding—a new sexual ideology on campuses across the U.S.: the ‘sex-positive,’ morality-free, judgment-free celebration of “all forms of sexuality and consensual sexual experience.” Do board members, donors, alumni, and parents know—or even care?

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The Family in America / June 9, 2014

A Cultural Package That Sorts Winners from Losers

Mary Rice Hasson

The Triple Package authors argue that American culture spurs “instant gratification disorder” instead of success. But does “Triple-Package-style” success really yield better results?

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MercatorNet / May 30, 2014

Youth Rights: A Trojan Horse for the Left’s Sexual Agenda

Mary Rice Hasson

Parents who know nothing about their children’s sexual activities have no power to influence their children’s decisions – and that’s exactly what the Left wants.

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The Federalist / February 13, 2014

Youth Rights and the Shrinking Power of Parents

Mary Rice Hasson

The left does not need to take our children in order to isolate them from parental influence and religious values. They have found a simpler way: putting children in supposed control over their own lives.

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Abortion Zealots and the GOP’s Empty Playbook

Mary Rice Hasson

Unless the GOP plans to run up the white flag of surrender on the abortion issue, it needs a serious strategy to counter the Democrats’ “War on Women” rhetoric.

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The Federalist / November 12, 2013