On February 10, 2014, a UN Committee on Human Rights issued a devastating report criticizing the Catholic Church for its attitude toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion, and said it should change its own cannon law to ensure children’s rights and their access to healthcare.
This report puts renewed pressure on Pope Francis to move decisively to create a Vatican commission to study sex abuse and recommend the best practices to fight it.
The UN committee also reported the Vatican’s longstanding argument that it doesn’t control bishops or their abusive priests. The report further accused the Holy See of systematically placing preservation of the reputation of the church and the alleged offenders over the protection of the child victims.
While most of these charges appear to be accurate, it is more than strange that the UN is an organization that is at the forefront of criticizing the Vatican on the subject of child abuse. The UN, itself, is a gross violator of child abuse in its failure to put a stop to its continuing problem of peacekeeping sex abuse, including the rape of minors in so many countries around the world.
The body that produced this report is the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which consists of eighteen panelists advertised as “independent experts.” These committee members are nominated by the governments of their home countries and selected by an assembly, which includes many despot members that engage in the world’s most terrifying abuses of children. This is equivalent to the pot calling the kettle black! Let’s be clear. Both need to clean up their respective houses. The abuse of children by both institutions continues to be disgusting.