“The Vatican accused a UN committee of interfering with Church doctrine and violating religious freedom after it was asked to change its teaching on abortion and homosexuality,” reports Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
The Church should change its teaching on abortion, according to a UN committee that monitors the rights of children. The Church should no longer automatically excommunicate those who perform or assist in the performance of an abortion, the UN experts said in observations published Wednesday following a year-long review of the Vatican’s child protection practices.
Church teaching on marriage and sexuality should also change according to the observations, because it prevents adolescents from accessing contraception. In addition the experts said Church teaching on homosexuality contributes to “social stigmatization and violence” against homosexual adolescents and children raised by same-sex couples.
The Vatican immediately issued a press release saying that UN experts cannot interfere with Catholic doctrine on human dignity or the Church’s exercise of religious freedom.
Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, who represents the Vatican at the United Nations in Geneva, told Vatican Radio his first reaction to the observations was surprise.
The committee took a negative approach and was “very wrong”, he said with consternation, “the Church cannot simply give up its beliefs” because all Church teaching on human dignity is ultimately geared towards preserving the common good.
Austin Ruse, President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) sent an email about the UN demanding the Catholic Church stop its moral teachings. Ruse states:
Today a UN committee directed the Catholic Church to let children have sex and also to change Church teaching on contraception.
The Committee also directed the Church to change its teaching on abortion and to let kids have abortions.
The Committee also told the Church that its comments on homosexuality has caused violence against homosexuals.
This alarming and even disgusting report was issued today by an out of control UN committee after grilling the Church for eight hours last month.
This is not the only recent attack on the Church at the UN. The awful baby-killing group “Catholics” for Choice has relaunched their global campaign to kick the Vatican out of the UN General Assembly. They want to reduce the Church to no more than an NGO (non-governmental organization).
I am also told that a delegate from Norway regularly complains in UN meetings that the Holy See has a seat at the table.
These attacks have to stop. We must act.
ACTION ITEM: C-FAM has launched a global Campaign in Defense of the Holy See at the UN. Those concerned about this attack against religious freedom may go to www.defendtheholysee.com right now and sign the Declaration in Support of the Holy See.
Ruse states, “If you are Catholic, sign! If you are Evangelical, sign! If you are Jewish, sign. Muslim, sign!”