Attorney, author Mary Rice Hasson spoke at our sold out April 12 Monthly Forum Luncheon on: “The Newest Insanity in the Public Schools: It’s Worse Than You Think.”

Attorney and author Mary Rice Hasson


Co-author, with Theresa Farnan, Phd.  of: “Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Children From Public Schools Before Its Too Late”  

Little Suzie comes home from school to announce that she is really more a boy than a girl.  Now she wants to dress as a boy.  She’s been talking about this with her teachers all year.  They’re fine with it.  They’ve even been encouraging her to think that way.  But they didn’t want you to know. Because you might not like it.  What can you do? If it’s a public school, very likely nothing. The new world of public education: required to teach against science, against human nature, and against our Catholic faith.  And you’re not even allowed to know.  Has it gotten that bad?  On April 12 join author and attorney Mary Rice Hasson at our Catholic Citizens of Illinois Forum Luncheon, to hear: “The Newest Insanity in the Public Schools: Its Worse Than You Think.” 

[Our monthly Forum Luncheons commence at 11:45 a.m., at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL.
Please note that the Union League Club requires business attire.]


“Are my children safe in the public schools?”

Millions of parents with children in public schools can’t believe they’re asking this question. But they are. And you should be asking it too. Almost overnight, America’s public schools have become morally toxic. And they are especially poisonous for the hearts and minds of children from religious families of every faith—ordinary families who value traditional morality and plain old common sense. Parents’ first duty is to their children—to their intellect, their character, their souls. The facts on the ground point to one conclusion: get out now.

“This prophetic book is a clear and present danger—to conservative complacency. The culture war is over in most public schools—and our side lost. Mary Rice Hasson’s and Theresa Farnan’s galvanizing case for a public school exodus should be a game-changer for conservative parents, especially religious believers under the outdated illusion that their kids can be ‘salt and light’ in such hostile deserts.”
Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option

“I share the authors’ view that there are dedicated and talented teachers and administrators—many of them former students of mine—serving heroically in our public schools. But as Farnan and Hasson show, parents send their children to public schools at great peril. The risk to mind, body, and soul is too high. Don’t just read this book; buy dozens of copies for family and friends. If you care about their kids, get them this book.”
Paul Kengor, Ph.D., author of Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism. [Also our Forum Luncheon speaker in March.]

“Don’t be one of the millions of parents helplessly gobsmacked when their children leave their faith or consider irreversible self-mutilation. Not knowing what’s happening may be
comfortable, but it endangers your family. So protect your children proactively. Start by reading this book. It may lead you to better decisions as a parent and citizen about some deeply important social changes that affect you and those you love.”
Joy Pullmann, Executive Editor, The Federalist

“I have often said that there are only two things wrong with our schools: Everything the children don’t learn there, and everything they do. I see now that my diagnosis was far too optimistic. For Mary Rice Hasson and Theresa Farnan show that the schools are far worse than I had supposed.Get your kids of there—now.”
Anthony Esolen, Ph.D., professor of English Renaissance and classical literature at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and author of Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture [Also a Forum Luncheon featured speaker.]

Mary Rice Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) 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 was the keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in both 2017 (“The Distinctiveness of Women’s Work and Women’s Empowerment”) and 2018 (“The Integral Education of Rural Women and Girls”). She speaks frequently at national conferences (including the 2017 Catholic Medical Association conference, the 2017 National Council of Catholic Women conference, and the 2017 National Catholic Bioethics Center Workshop for Bishops), as well as regional family conferences, and diocesan women’s conferences. Mary also 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, including The Federalist, the Washington Examiner, Our Sunday Visitor, The National Catholic Register, and First Things.

She is the editor of Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor: 2015), co-author of the report, What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (EPPC 2012), and co-author of a study on parents’ use of media ratings, published in the medical journal Pediatrics (2011). She contributed a chapter (“What About Sex: Habits of Heart for a Fulfilling Sexual Relationship and a Happy Marriage”) to the recent book, Venus and Virtue: Celebrating Sex and Seeking Sanctification (2018). Mary has been interviewed by a wide range of national media, is a frequent commentator on EWTN and Catholic radio programs.

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. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School, Mary and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson are the parents of seven, and 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, 51) and 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 website, newsletter and social media. To learn more, please visit

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