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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What’s It Like to Torture Someone?

Mary Rice Hasson

Grand Theft Auto V is not the first video game to feature torture scenes. But having broken the taboo against interactive torture scenes, it marks the beginning, not the end, of a troubling trend.

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MercatorNet / October 21, 2013

Breaking Silence: Catholics, Contraception, and Same-Sex Marriage

Mary Rice Hasson

Many Catholics don’t accept the truth about marriage because they don’t accept—or even know—the truth about sex. It’s time to break silence and tell them the truth.

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Catholic Stand / July 8, 2013

Zero-Sum Parenting

Mary Rice Hasson

The author of a new book, One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One, views children through a warped feminist lens, where parenting is a zero-sum game and each child is a potential threat to a woman’s ‘authentic self.’ She couldn’t be more wrong.

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MercatorNet / June 13, 2013

The Girl Scouts: A “Groundbreaking” Feminist Moment

Mary Rice Hasson

Are the Girl Scouts neutral on abortion? Hardly. They recently sponsored a live screening and panel discussion of the feminist documentary, MAKERS, which presents abortion as essential to women’s autonomy.

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Life News / June 5, 2013

The Boy Scouts Admit Gay Kids: Does It Matter?

Mary Rice Hasson

It’s simplistic to suppose that the only issues posed by integrating openly gay youth into scout troops will be issues of kindness and inclusion. It will be tough, if not impossible, for the Church to include gay Scouts without confronting, head-on, the deep divide between Catholic sexual morality and the secular creed of sexual “tolerance.”

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Catholic News Agency / May 28, 2013

“Do We Want to Know?”

Mary Rice Hasson

Abortion’s don’t “improve” with more regulation or better oversight. A clean, sanitary abortion still produces a dead baby, just as surely as Gosnell’s butchery did.

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Catholic News Agency / May 6, 2013

Will ‘Transgender’ Rights Drive Catholics Out of Public Schools?

Mary Rice Hasson

It’s bad enough that children in public school must learn in an environment that no longer recognizes God. But it’s even worse when that educational environment no longer recognizes basic truths about the human person.

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Catholic Stand / March 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI and the Call to Conscience

Mary Rice Hasson

Pope Benedict XVI has been a tireless defender of God, the Church, and the dignity of the human person. He will be missed. And we can be grateful that, even after his Pontificate ends, he will continue to serve the Church "through a life dedicated to prayer."

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Catholic Stand / February 11, 2013

The Catholic Church and the Girl Scouts: A Scandalous Mess

Mary Rice Hasson

Respect for life is so fundamental to Catholic teaching that organizations—like the Girl Scouts—that advocate against life should be disqualified from sponsorship by a Catholic parish.

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Words from Cana / February 3, 2012

Girl Scouts Leadership: Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Ideologues

Mary Rice Hasson

The leadership of today's Girl Scouts is driven by a liberal ideology far out of step with the families and churches that support them. Should you support them?

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Words from Cana / January 14, 2012

Lt. Nick Vogt and the Power of Faith

Mary Rice Hasson

Nick Vogt's alive. And that's a miracle. It's a dramatic story of heart-stopping injuries and inexplicable survival—and a simultaneous testimony…

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Words from Cana / December 13, 2011

Catholic Youth Ministry Under Fire Over Girl Scouts' Pro-Abortion Ties

Mary Rice Hasson

The Girl Scouts “100th Anniversary” Convention in Houston this past weekend sparked a firestorm of protests from conservatives and pro-life…

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Words from Cana / November 20, 2011