U.N. Attacks Catholic Theology, Islam Next?
Last week the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child released a report calling for greater transparency in the Vatican’s response to the abuse of children. No fair-minded person questions that the Church has, to put it mildly, mishandled the issue of clerical child abuse in the past. One might reasonably go so far as to say Church policy enabled such abuse in past years. That said, the U.N. report goes well beyond the issue of child abuse and attacks Church ideology:
[T]he United Nations is now preaching to the Vatican. A report on the Holy See… alleged that tens of thousands of children have been abused by Catholic clerics, and that the Vatican has helped cover it up.
That’s rich coming from the U.N., which has still not solved its own festering problems of peacekeeper sex abuse, including the rape of minors.
In such matters as sex abuse, it is reasonable to hold the Vatican, or any other organization, to standards higher than the low bar the U.N. sets for itself. [The report] further assails the Vatican for not subordinating itself wholesale to a much broader U.N. agenda. For example, the report calls for the Vatican to drop its opposition to adolescent abortion and contraception, condone underage homosexuality, and use its “authority” and “influence” to disseminate world-wide a roster of U.N. views and policies that run counter to those of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis might want to consider that it is precisely to avoid gross intrusion by unaccountable U.N. “experts” that the United States has signed but never ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This treaty has less to do with children than with political power plays, and a fitting reform at the Vatican would be to walk away from it. Block quote excerpted from Claudia Rosett “The U.N. Assault on the Catholic Church” Wall Street Journal 2/10/14
One wonders when the United Nations will start preaching to Muslims about the evils inherent in Islamic Koranic Literalism; child abuse, treatment of females, the slaughter of innocents in the name of their purported deity… (Tip- don’t hold your breath)
– Grizzly Joe
The full text of the report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child can be found here (PDF).