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Rita Joseph

Rita Joseph has represented family concerns at UN conferences, and writes and lectures on social issues especially concerning women and families, and has made a special study of the Holy Father's writings on family and on women. She has previously lectured at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Melbourne.  Rita and her husband live in Canberra, Australia.

In July 2009, her book Human Rights and the Unborn Child was published. The book analyzes documents from the major human rights treaty monitoring bodies relating to the topic of the unborn child. Contemporary reinterpretations of these documents are closely examined in their historical context, along with commentary on the original purpose, meaning and philosophical foundation of modern international human rights law. (Ordering info: or available at

Voices articles online

Have we lost the idea of natural law “written in the human heart”? — Rita Joseph, Vol. XXIX, No. 2., 30th Anniversary Issue

Refuting the Anonymity of Eugenic Abortion, Vol. XXVIII, No. 4, Christmastide 2013-2014

Serving an Epidemic of Sexual Excess - Free contraceptive coverage -- a bad joke played on women -- Pentecost 2012

Mother of Sorrows – Cause of Our Joy: The quiet heroism of our Blessed MotherAdvent Christmas 2011

Reconciling a Loving God with Pain, Suffering, and DisasterChristmastide 2010

CEDAW Ideology Distorts Treaty Obligations -- Pentecost 2010

Putting Faith in Technical Expedients: Forty Years of Contraception has Validated Sexual Incontinence as the Norm -- Michaelmas 2008

Abortion and the Death Penalty — Different Subjects, Shared Sentence -- [Eastertide 2008]

Compliance with Human Rights or Compliance with an Ideology? Why the US Should Not Sign the Women’s Convention Eastertide 2007, Vol XXII, No 1

Out of the Greatest Evils... "There are two sets of reasons that militate against aborting children who are conceived through rape or incest. One set is secular and based on fundamental principles of international human rights law. The other set of reasons is faith-based, relying on our understanding that God's great power and mercy are able to bring good even out of evil" -- by Rita Joseph Michaelmas 2006

To Dispel the Fear of Founding a Family - by Rita Joseph Eastertide 2005

Sons and Mothers - Our Father in Heaven, I give my sons to you -- into your keeping -- knowing that that You love them even more than I do, trusting that You will keep them close to You and never let them be parted from You. Jesus, Lord, You know about human love better than anyone...
by Rita Joseph - Christmastide 2003 - Epiphany 2004 - Vol . XVIII, No. 4

A Last Vocation - to Grow Old Gracefully Pentecost 2003 Vol. XVIII, No.2

Developing a Child-Safe Environment Advent/Christmas 2002 Vol. XVII, No. 4

Wrong Way -- Go Back! Pentecost 2002 Vol. XVII, No. 2

The Pope and Women Lent/Easter 2002 Vol. XVII, No. 1

At the Crossroad -- The Cross Michaelmas 2001 Vol. XVI, No 3

Deconstructing the Family Fall 2000 Vol. XV, No 3

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