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The U.N.'s Cynical Assault on the [Catholic] Church (surreal and calculated)
Catholic World Report ^ | February 13, 2014 | Michael Coren

Posted on 02/16/2014 1:51:34 PM PST by NYer

The double standard employed in abuse-justified attacks on Catholic teaching is both surreal and calculated

Michael Coren

It’s surely not unreasonable to conclude from events earlier this month that the United Nations has virtually declared war on the Vatican. It issued a report on Catholic clergy abuse that was so sweeping and accusing, so lacking in fact and nuance, so extreme and damning, that it resembled pamphlet propaganda rather than informed reporting. The report not only accuses the Church of covering up, in the U.N.’s own words, “the molestation and rape of thousands of children” but also demanded that the Church change its teaching on abortion, contraception and homosexuality. In other words, the same U.N. that has called for the age of consent to be lowered to fourteen and thinks Iran and Saudi Arabia are worthy to be arbiters of human rights issues, hates Catholicism and wants the world to know it.

The U.N. Human Rights council currently includes, amongst others, Pakistan, Russia, Venezuela, China, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates. Frankly, the whole thing is laughable. But tragic, too. Pakistan has a blasphemy law under which hundreds of people are arrested and incarcerated for expressing comments considered negative about Islam. China operates gulags and executes political dissidents. The list goes on, on, and grotesquely on.

If we delve a little deeper the situation becomes positively whacky. On the U.N. Committee on the Right of the Child, led by the same Kristen Sandberg who announced the anti-Catholic report to the media with such evident relish, we have Syria, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Egypt and Thailand. In Syria, children are tortured and murdered by the government’s security service; Thailand has the largest child prostitution trade in the world; Saudi Arabia allows if not encourages child brides and female circumcision; and in Uganda homosexuals are beaten, arrested and even murdered.

Those are the nations condemning the Vatican.

Frankly, the report reads more like the ranting and raving of a bunch of first-year students in the campus Atheist Society than a piece of research into a deeply serious issue. Nothing, it claims, has been done at all by the Vatican to address the abuse issue. Goodness, even the far from Catholic-friendly BBC reporters in Rome who have covered this issue have said that such an accusation is patently absurd. It is, and is also irresponsible, sectarian, hateful and awash with hyperbole.

I have written about the abuse issue many times—I even included a full chapter about it in one of my books—and I wish I would never have to mention it again. But I will, and thus have to speak truth to liberal and secular power, even if it is jarring.

When we discuss the abuse crisis it is extraordinarily difficult to sound fair and sympathetic. Because if we are the former, we seem to lack in the latter; if the latter, we often neglect the former. To describe what happened is sometimes assumed to be a defense or even some sort of vile justification. It isn’t, of course, but because there are so many people in the media in particular who wish to beat the Church with the stick of sexual abuse it is often extremely difficult even to be heard at all. Denial is immoral but obfuscation just as bad.

The hard, harsh facts are that perhaps as many as 3% of Catholic clergy were directly or indirectly involved in this horror, the typical victim was a teenage boy, and most of this occurred decades ago. The nature of the victims is significant because the U.N. report constantly speaks of children; in a way, of course, they were, but more than 80% were teenage boys, young men of 14 and 15.

This is evil, horrible, and wrong—but it’s not actually pedophilia, and it tells us much about the perpetrators as well.

For the most part, the reaction of bishops and bureaucracy was to order the abuser to change parishes, demand that he undertake counseling, and never repeat the crime. Today we cringe when we hear of such a banal, pathetic response. But this was standard secular, psychiatric advice at the time, and it was the same advice given to school boards, sports organizations, and other religious bodies.

We now know better, but while those other groups are not taken to task for not doing enough, the Church is attacked for its callousness. Good Lord, the double standard and the tendentious history are almost overwhelming! Of course there were men in authority who chose to do nothing out of their own sexual deviance or downright fear and cowardice, but they were a tiny number. It was panic rather than perversion that characterized the worst of the response by bishops, and that is something for which we should all be deeply ashamed.

Yet there is surely no other group of men and women on earth that have done so much since all of this to put matters right, to show contrition, and to make the Church arguably the safest place for a young person to be. Tragically, this is not the case for all institutions. In the United States, for example, the influence of teachers’ unions has meant that some abusers have not been dismissed and are still teaching in public schools.

Abuse is a reflection of the broken status of the human person. We are fallen, damaged, and in need of repair. It says nothing about the Catholic Church, other than this is why we need the Church: to guide us back to the ways of God. If it were a result of celibacy, there would be no abuse in non-Catholic churches or sports teams; if it was due to an all-made clergy, there would be no abuse in families – where, obscenely, it is actually at its highest. Those alleged explanations are just excuses used by unscrupulous critics with an agenda to attack Catholicism. They often seem more concerned with using the abuse issue to attack the Church than with caring for the victims of the actual abuse.

I remember meeting a man in his late-20s who had been sexually molested by a priest. The priest later took his own life. I expected to meet an angry, Catholic-hating person, but instead had the privilege of spending time with a devout, peaceful Catholic. “I was abused by a man, not by the Church. He used the Church to further his lust, and I see the Catholic Church as being as much a victim in all this as I am”, he said, making me feel extremely inadequate. The Church dealt with this issue some time ago, we know that Pope Benedict defrocked 400 clergy in a single year, and we are also aware that there are exploiting lawyers and radical groups wanting and seeking to smash the Church.

Men who are sexually ambivalent or confused are now generally prevented from entering seminaries and for this the Church has been accused of sexual discrimination. It just can’t win, which is precisely how the sexual revolutionaries and political extremists at the United Nations want it. They are exploiting a monumental tragedy to try to force the Catholic Church to abandon its theological position, give up the fight against ethical decay, embrace moral relativism, and sign on to the anti-family manifesto of some of our new masters.

It’s not going to happen. Unhappy, oppressive lords in New York and Brussels: there will be no surrender.


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
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1 posted on 02/16/2014 1:51:34 PM PST by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 02/16/2014 1:51:52 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

Nothing like letting the Fox into the hen house to tell you how to care for the hens.


3 posted on 02/16/2014 1:55:34 PM PST by dvan (Send Them Home!)
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The Dark World of the Arab Child Slave Trade

By Stephen Brown On June 10, 2011 In Daily Mailer,FrontPage

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2011/stephenbrown/the-dark-world-of-the-arab-child-slave-trade/

While tens of thousands of adults are also victims of Arab slavers, many people only first took notice of the Arab slave trade in children when reports of enslaved child camel jockeys emerged from Persian Gulf countries.

A 2004 HBO documentary on the subject was especially responsible for making Americans aware of this modern-day barbarism. These boys, who were sold by poor parents hoping their offspring would some day experience a better life, were primarily from South Asia. But instead of a life of dignity and meaningful work, they wound up in the Middle East where they were made to race camels for their Arab masters. Beaten and often sexually abused, they were all kept undernourished, so that the camels would have less weight to carry.

“As many as 6,000 child camel jockeys…languished in hidden slavery on ozbah farms, where their masters beat them and starved them to keep their weight down,” wrote E. Benjamin Skinner in his book, A Crime So Monstrous.

When investigating in the 1990s the enslavement of hundreds of thousands of black Africans in Mauritania by Arab-Berber masters, African-American author Samuel Cotton was stunned to discover that African children were still being kidnapped by Arabs traveling with camels carrying big baskets. The child, usually playing alone, would suddenly be snatched from its play and placed in one such basket, after which its new owners hurried away. The children, he was told, are sometimes found later “hundreds of miles away as slaves.”

Also during his investigation, which was summarized in his highly informative book Silent Terror: A Journey Into Contemporary African Slavery, Cotton was told there was “still a huge trafficking in slaves going on between Mauritania and the United Arab Emirates.”

Black African children are also not always stolen so surreptitiously. Until recently in the southern Sudan, the old-fashioned slave raid witnessed villages being burned down, the men killed and the women and children captured.

This was the Arab slavers’ main harvesting tool of humans. Thousands of children were captured by this murderous method and forcibly taken as agricultural, domestic and sex slaves to Arab northern Sudan — where many still languish today. Darfur has also seen many children disappear from both refugee camps and towns subjected to central government attack. They are suspected victims of Arab slave hunters.

But it is not only non-Arab children who are Arab child slave trade victims. An Egyptian newspaper, referring to a 2008 UNICEF report, stated Egyptian children are being bought and sold for about $3,000 for “domestic work and farming, among other things.” This trade in children is so extensive in Egypt, organizations are “employing brokers, and even operating their own web sites.

Many are also sent to the Gulf States, with orphanages being a major supplier,” the story further reports...


4 posted on 02/16/2014 2:40:42 PM PST by Dqban22
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To: NYer

UN...60% moooslim


5 posted on 02/16/2014 2:59:15 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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The attack on Catholics is an attack meant for all Christians. Our muslim president hates Christians and Jews. When is ALL of our clergy going to start speaking out about Obama’s attack on Christians?


6 posted on 02/16/2014 4:40:29 PM PST by abclily
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To: NYer

“...et ego dico tibi quia tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversum eam.” Matthew 16:18

The gates of Hell appear to be in New York.


7 posted on 02/17/2014 5:12:58 AM PST by paterfamilias
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