Bishops Stand Courageously Against Gender ‘Transition’ for Kids

By The Ruth Institute Published on April 26, 2023

The Ruth Institute congratulated the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for its clear-headed and compassionate “Doctrinal Note on the Moral Limits to Technological Manipulation of the Human Body.”

“With little fanfare, the USCCB has given a clear set of guidelines that, if followed, would end an enormous amount of suffering and confusion,” said Ruth Institute president Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

“Science shows that ‘watchful waiting’ is the best policy for the vast majority of young people who experience gender dysphoria,” Morse said. “Roughly 80-95% will accept their sex by late adolescence. The bishops’ guidelines for addressing gender incongruence would gently steer these youth and their families away from irreparable damage and into the relatively safe strategy of psychological support.”

The USCCB statement provides two requirements for medical intervention to be morally acceptable: if it repairs a defect in the body, and if it sacrifices part of the body for the sake of the whole. Removing cancerous tissue or a gangrenous limb is not mutilation, but therapeutic intervention.

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“The typical person requesting medical intervention to attempt to change the sex of the body has no defect or disease that threatens his or her life,” Morse said. “Other less intrusive means can and must be found to alleviate the suffering of the person experiencing gender incongruence.”

“The bishops’ statement is consistent with the best modern medical knowledge. Trans surgery does not prevent suicide, and hormonal treatments cause a cascade of serious medical side effects whose full extent is not yet known.”

“Less intrusive methods of dealing with gender dysphoria are both morally and medically superior to many of the current practices. Thus, this statement by the USCCB is not only in keeping with Catholic moral tradition, but also with the Hippocratic Oath for medical practitioners to ‘first, do no harm.’”

“The Ruth Institute is grateful to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for this important and timely statement. May Catholic medical professionals across the country take its wisdom to heart.”

Ministering to Sex Addicts

Jonathan Daugherty is the founder and president of Be Broken Ministries, the author of several books, and host of the weekly program, “Pure Sex Radio.” He speaks nationally on sexual integrity and men’s issues. He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, Oprah, 700 Club, Focus on the Family, and Family Life Today.

Be Broken’s intensive 3-day program for men helps them overcome porn addiction, serial cheating, or other unhealthy desires, as well as getting to the root cause of these issues.

For wives, there’s a 6-week online care group to help them deal with betrayal trauma from their husbands. There are also online courses for families to help parents assist their children in avoiding the pitfalls of our hyper-sexualized culture.

“Not only does your brokenness not have to define you, it doesn’t have to set the trajectory for the rest of your life,” Daugherty says. “It doesn’t matter how broken you are. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. Change is possible. Transformation is possible.”

Learn more, including how his ministry deals with the issue of shame, by watching the full interview with the Ruth Institute Locals Community or on Rumble or YouTube.

Morse to Speak at Ignited by Truth Conference in Raleigh, NC

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., will be a featured speaker at the Ignited By Truth Catholic Conference April 28-29 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

One of the largest Catholic conferences on the East Coast, with attendance around 700, Ignited by Truth brings together dynamic nationally recognized speakers. The aim is for attendees to experience the joy of life with God and go forth to be powerful witnesses to the Catholic faith.

Morse will speak on, “Replacing the Sexual State with a Civilization of Love.” She explains: “The Sexual State is the biggest threat facing traditional Catholic moral teaching, as well as personal freedom.”

“The State crushes the family then ‘helps’ by creating intrusive and expensive policies to clean up the mess it made in the first place. Catholics must understand that the Sexual Revolution is a clear and present danger to our Church. We must learn how to defend traditional morality without fear or apology.”

In March, Morse spoke at Human Life International’s “Go Forward in Hope” conference in Auckland, New Zealand. In December, she addressed the “Family in Time of Change” conference in Krakow, Poland, sponsored by the Auxilium Foundation.

At both events, Morse demonstrated that traditional Catholic morality protects the interests of children, as well as women and men, far better than the modern Sexual Revolution.

The Ignited by Truth conference will take place at North Carolina State’s Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. Tickets are still available, with free admittance for students.

Trans Campaign Backfires: “This Bud’s Not For Me.”

When Bud Light received an avalanche of negativity for advertising with “trans influencer” Dylan Mulvaney, Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., asked “Well, what did they expect?”

“It’s hard to get more Middle American than beer-drinkers,” Morse noted. “Did Bud Light really think its customers would react positively to a man in an evening gown and makeup touting its product?”

“With shares for Anheuser-Busch, Bud Light’s parent company, dropping more than $5 billion, they’ve brought back the famed Clydesdale to try to counter this disaster. A new commercial shows the horse galloping across America with patriotic scenes in the background.”

This embrace of transgenderism by Corporate America is by design.

Morse reported, “The New York Post described how giant equity funds like BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street Bank bully corporations into making Environmental, Social and Governance standards, or ESG, part of their corporate image.”

“As a result, consumers are alienated and corporations see their sales decline, all to appease the progressives who make ESG decisions at equity funds.”

“This is a lot like Disney’s loss of business after it opposed a Florida law prohibiting teachers from discussing sexual orientation and gender ideology in kindergarten through third grade.”

“The growing parental rights movement has made it hard for companies to hide their support for the woke agenda,” Morse noted. “To companies like Anheuser-Busch, parents are saying, ‘This Bud’s not for me.’”

For more information on the harms of the transgender ideology, check out the Ruth Institute’s Transgender Resource Center.


The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. The Ruth Institute’s Founder and President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village. Subscribe to our newsletter and YouTube channel to get all our latest news.

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