U.N. Vs The Catholic Church…

U.N. Vs The Catholic Church…

ImageVatican City, Feb 5, 2014 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News). In wake of the U.N. Child Protection Committee criticizing Vatican policies and calling for the Church to change its doctrine, a leading archbishop countered that the committee’s analysis fails to be objective.

“The concluding recommendations…point out a rather negative approach to what the Holy See has been doing and has already achieved in the area of the protection of children,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told Vatican Radio on Feb. 5.

Archbishop Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, made his comments in response to Wednesday’s U.N.-authored Rights of Children report claiming that the Vatican “systematically” adopted policies allowing priests to rape and molest children. The document was issued following a Jan. 16 committee hearing in Geneva on global children’s rights.

Charging the Church to open its files on previous cases of abuse and criticizing their stance on homosexuality, contraception and abortion, the report suggested the Church change its canon law to ensure that what it called children’s rights, including access to health care, are guaranteed.

Archbishop Tomasi responded that the analysis first “in some ways is not up to date” because it does not take “into account some of the clear and precise explanations that were given to the committee in the encounter that the delegation of the Holy See had with the committee three or four weeks ago.”

The archbishop also pointed out an apparent “difficulty” in the committee understanding “the position of the Holy See,” which cannot compromise teachings which are “part of their deep convictions and also an expression of freedom of religion.”

The committee’s call for the Church to shift her stance on abortion would be a “contradiction” of the work that they do, which is to ensure that “that children be protected before and after birth.”

Drawing attention to the rigorous efforts to protect minors that the Church has made – particularly in the formation of priests and in the decisions of various episcopal conferences – Archbishop Tomasi said it “is very difficult, I think, to find other institutions or even other states that have done so much specifically for the protection of children.”

In their report to the U.N. commission, Archbishop Tomasi explained how the Holy See emphasized that “priests are not employees of the Pope but they are responsible citizens of the countries,” and as such are “accountable to the judicial system of those countries.”

Highlighting how the Church has made great efforts to “give an objective picture of the remedies undertaken” to protect minors, as well as those yet to come with the new Vatican commission, the archbishop stressed that there is actually “a small percentage of Church personnel that have committed abuse.”

But due to the tone of the U.N.’s report earlier today, he observed that perhaps “not all the observations in the facts have been adequately taken into account in the conclusions.”

“We need time to reflect carefully on the conclusions and recommendations of the committee,” the archbishop explained, “and to prepare an adequate response, so that the objective may really be pursued.”

Noting that the Holy See is a “state party to the Convention of the Child,” Archbishop Tomasi affirmed that they intend to “faithfully” carry out the elements of the commission that they are able to for the sake of “the protection of children.”

“This is the way toward the future,” he said, “and I don’t think that there will be fundamental changes in this task ahead.”

The U.N.’s conclusions announced earlier this morning came at the end of their 65th session, in which reports were of Germany, the Holy See, Congo, Portugal, Russian Federation and Yemen were examined.  Source 

Comment:  the UN seems to be more interested in savaging Catholic doctrine than concerned about the genuine welfare of children. That’s what I think – what do you think?

Comments (55)

  • Tommy Reply

    No disrespect to Archbishop Tomasi but it was taking a knife to a gun-fight! Would loved to have seen a couple of feisty dolls of the calibre of Randy Engels or Niamh o’Broin,Life (Irish pro-life activist) 0r maybe Editor CT. at the bishops side! Good lay people who will bury themselves in the representatives of that luciferic organisation.

    BTW the above mentioned Randy Engels has written an excellent piece in Renew America,regarding the abuse in the church. Drawing on the ‘John Jay’ report and her own extensive investigations in this area, what stands out clearly is the proportionately high number of young boys between 11-14yrs who were abused by active homosexuals.

    It seems with truth been turned on its head,in such radical fashion day by day now those ominous times pronounced to us by
    Our Blessed Lady are here.

    February 8, 2014 at 11:03 am
  • editor Reply


    “No disrespect to Archbishop Tomasi but it was taking a knife to a gun-fight!”

    Got it in one!

    February 9, 2014 at 12:05 am
  • bededog Reply

    There was an interesting twist in one of Robert Mickens’ articles in the Tablet (15 February). The article, entitled “Crying out for a clear voice”, is calling on the Pope to be “an unambiguous Catholic champion of the rights of the child”. Robert Mickens then goes on to say “However, the Holy See’s report did not mention that by virtue of his office, the Roman Pontiff not only possesses power over the universal Church, but also obtains the primacy of ordinary power over all particular churches and groups of them” (Can 333/1) He goes on “instead, the report consistently referred to the Holy See and the Pope as merely “promoting or “encouraging” local bishops to adhere to the CRC – denying any responsibility or power to force them to comply with its articles”.
    Well, as I said in a letter to the Tablet, ‘surely this refers to the (good) old days prior to Vatican II’ . In referring to Pope Francis as merely “encouraging” his bishops to comply with the articles of the report – is a sign of the times, and Robert Mickens had better get used to it. This is an example of the much vaunted “Francis effect”.

    February 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm
    • editor Reply


      Well said. I’ve almost finished skimming this week’s Catholic papers and the “Francis Effect” on the Church is terrifying. Truly terrifying. I get (falsely) accused of running a “one-woman show” here at Catholic Truth but reading the Catholic press there is a clear impression being given that we are living in a “one-man Church”. Is there ANY news that doesn’t include a photo of Pope Francis?

      Oh yes, this one. A report on the Archbishop of Dublin’s exhortation to Irish Catholics NOT to be “homophobic” – he used that word and “gay” without any inverted commas. He is quoted as accepting the Church’s teaching that marriage is for a man and a woman only (although he doesn’t name them – kidding 🙂 ) but that same-sex couples can use other “methods”.

      If this is his “leadership” ahead of the referendum on same-sex “marriage” in Ireland, then God help the poor faithful over there. And here, surely, is a cue to switch to the thread on why Catholics are losing the Faith. In a word (or two) – bad bishops and popes.

      February 16, 2014 at 7:13 pm

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