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UN slams Vatican over abuse and contraception and abortion positions
Hotair ^ | 02/05/2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 02/05/2014 7:49:34 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Despite having a membership that includes some of the worst human-rights abusers in the world (or because of it), the UN has spent the last few weeks grilling the Vatican for its track record on child abuse. While there are certainly grounds for lengthy and detailed criticism on that point, the UN hardly has its hands clean in that area — and it turned out to be an excuse for attacking Catholic doctrine on abortion and contraception anyway:

The UN has demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers, in a report released on Wednesday.

The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies allowing priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.

It heavily criticised the Vatican’s attitudes towards homosexuality, contraception and abortion.

Excuse me, but what exactly was the purview of this UN committee on contraception and abortion? The panel in this case was the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, a committee whose mission in a sane world would include children at all stages of development. Indeed, the convention under which its authority derives actually forbids the death penalty for children — and never mentions abortion, contraception, homosexuality, or any gender-related issues.

The Vatican is a signatory to the convention, though, which gives the UNCRC jurisdiction on the abuse issues, specifically in Article 19, Section 1. And the Vatican’s track record over the long arc of the last several decades leaves plenty of room for criticism and condemnation — as the Vatican belatedly recognized toward the end of John Paul II’s pontificate. As the BBC notes, the Vatican has already created its own commission to deal with the issue, and years ago issued strict rules for dealing with abuse allegations. During Benedict XVI’s pontificate alone, over 400 priests were defrocked after being accused of abuse.

This, however, is little more than political targeting over the doctrines related to sex, not the protection of children. And the UN is uniquely hypocritical here as well, since its own military missions have for years gone on rape and sexual-abuse rampages, especially in Africa, as Instapundit reminds us:

Widespread allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of Congolese women, boys and girls have been made against U.N. personnel who were sent to help and protect them — despite a so-called zero tolerance policy touted by the United Nations toward such behavior.

The range of sexual abuse includes reported rapes of young Congolese girls by U.N. troops; an Internet pedophile ring run from Congo by Didier Bourguet, a senior U.N. official from France; a colonel from South Africa accused of molesting his teenage male translators; and estimates of hundreds of underage girls having babies fathered by U.N. soldiers who have been able to simply leave their children and their crimes behind.

Ravaged by decades of civil war, and one of the poorest countries in the world, Congo has relied on the United Nations for both military protection and humanitarian aid.

“The U.N. is there for their protection, so when the protectors become violators, this is particularly egregious,” said Anneke Van Woudenberg, a senior researcher with Human Rights Watch who investigated the allegations on behalf of her organization. “This is particularly bad.”

That ABC report came two months after the UN admitted to its own shortcomings. A month after the ABC report, the Washington Post reported that this abuse wasn’t contained to the Congolese mission, either:

The United Nations is facing new allegations of sexual misconduct by U.N. personnel in Burundi, Haiti, Liberia and elsewhere, which is complicating the organization’s efforts to contain a sexual abuse scandal that has tarnished its Nobel Prize-winning peacekeepers in Congo. …

The reports of sexual abuse have come from U.N. officials, internal U.N. documents, and local and international human rights organizations that have tracked the issue. Some U.N. officials and outside observers say there have been cases of abuse in almost every U.N. mission, including operations in Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Kosovo.

“This is a problem in every mission around the world,” said Sarah Martin, an expert on the subject at Refugees International who recently conducted investigations into misconduct by U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia. “If you don’t have a strict code of discipline, accountability and transparency in the process, then you’re going to continue to have a problem.”

Peacekeepers in several Liberian communities routinely engage in sex with girls, according to an internal U.N. letter obtained by The Washington Post. In the town of Gbarnga, peacekeepers were seen patronizing a club called Little Lagos, “where girls as young as 12 years of age are engaged in prostitution, forced into sex acts and sometimes photographed by U.N. peacekeepers in exchange for $10 or food or other commodities,” according to the letter, which a representative of the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) wrote Feb. 8 to the mission’s second-ranking official.

The letter also stated that community leaders in the town of Robertsport have accused Namibian peacekeepers there of “using administrative building premises and the surrounding bush to undertake sex acts with girls between the age of 12-17.”

Most of this massive abuse from UN personnel took place after the Vatican acknowledged its own failures and took steps to correct them. The Vatican has a lot of work to do to get its house in order, but this report is clearly a political hit that exploits abuse rather than an attempt to address it — and by people who would be advised to spend more time getting the beam out of their own eye first before using abuse as an excuse to attack others.

The Vatican released its response a few minutes earlier:

“At the end of its 65th session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its Concluding Observations on the reviewed Reports of the Holy See and five States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Congo, Germany, Portugal, Russian Federation and Yemen).

According to the proper procedures foreseen for the parties to the Convention, the Holy See takes note of the Concluding Observations on its Reports, which will be submitted to a thorough study and examination, in full respect of the Convention in the different areas presented by the Committee according to international law and practice, as well as taking into consideration the public interactive debate with the Committee, held on 16 January 2014.

The Holy See does, however, regret to see in some points of the Concluding Observations an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of the human person and in the exercise of religious freedom.

The Holy See reiterates its commitment to defending and protecting the rights of the child, in line with the principles promoted by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and according to the moral and religious values offered by Catholic doctrine”.

Update: Catholic Voices offers a point-by-point rebuttal and a conclusion — that the UN process was a “kangaroo court.” Seems that way. Too bad they don’t hold their own organization to anything approaching this level of scrutiny, too.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: contraception; un; unitednations; vatican
Hey Let's talk about child abuse. Will the United Nations attack the US government's public education system for having 100 times more child abuse cases than the Catholic Church?

The incidence of sexual abuse by teachers in public schools today has been estimated to be "more than 100 times" that by Catholic priests, and there is alarming evidence of school officials covering up abuse and failing to report suspected cases to authorities. Yet the mainstream media has largely ignored this shocking story while still rehashing decades-old allegations of abuse by Catholic priests.

1 posted on 02/05/2014 7:49:34 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
2004 U.S. Department of Education report reported that "the most accurate data available" reveals that "nearly 9.6 percent of [public school] students are targets of educator sexual misconduct sometime during their school career."

This result prompted Hofstra University's Dr. Charol Shakeshaft, the author of the study, to opine in 2006, "[T]hink the Catholic Church has a problem? The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests."

A Meanwhile, that same 2004 report cited an important study from the mid-1990s:

"In an early [1994] study of 225 cases of educator sexual abuse in New York, all of the accused had admitted to sexual abuse of a student but none of the abusers was reported to authorities."

That is an important and alarming fact:

Number of abusive educators: 225
Number reported by school officials to police: 0

So, in other words, as recently as just 1994, it was the universal practice in New York among school administrators not to call police to report abusers.

The 1994 study also reported that only 1 percent of those abusive educators lost their license. In addition, most alarmingly, "25 percent received no consequence or were reprimanded informally and off-the-record. Nearly 39 percent chose to leave the district, most with positive recommendations or even retirement packages intact."

2 posted on 02/05/2014 7:50:38 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Also read this:

TITLE: Child sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers

UN Atrocities: UN peacekeepers rape children

UN Troops Accused of Sex Crimes Worldwide

3 posted on 02/05/2014 7:52:33 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Wish the UN would make similar demands of our public schools where the OVERWHELMING majority of child sexual abuse occurs these days.

4 posted on 02/05/2014 7:53:00 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: SeekAndFind

More U.N. hypocrisy. If we EVER have a real president again, hopefully he (et al) will get us out of the U.N. and kick it out of this country. Put it into a third world country where it belongs and let them pay for it.

5 posted on 02/05/2014 7:53:50 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: SeekAndFind
The UN has demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers, in a report released on Wednesday. The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies allowing priests to sexually abuse thousands of children. It heavily criticised the Vatican’s attitudes towards homosexuality, contraception and abortion.

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander:

In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth. (67)
-- from the thread Encycli-bites for reading “Caritas in veritate”

6 posted on 02/05/2014 7:56:54 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: SeekAndFind

Get the US out of the UN and get the UN out of the US!

7 posted on 02/05/2014 7:57:19 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Ah, the UN, where everyday is Halloween, where every meeting is a bar scene from Star Wars.

8 posted on 02/05/2014 7:57:37 AM PST by Westbrook ()Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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