Skip to comments.UN Committee Attacks Catholic Church, Pressures Vatican to Support Abortion
Posted on 02/05/2014 8:31:45 AM PST by Morgana
A United Nations committee is coming under fire today from a British pro-life group that says it is attacking the Catholic Church and pressuring it to support abortion.
Officials with the England-based Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) say the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child overstepped its mandate in its pro-abortion attack on the Catholic Church. SPUC is recognised officially by the UN as a non-governmental organization (NGO), and provides most of the pro-life lobbying efforts at the UN institutions in New York and Geneva.
un6SPUC was responding to a report published today by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child which attacked the Catholic Churchs teachings on abortion under the guise of a critique of the Churchs handling of child sex abuse cases. As SPUC informed LifeNews by email, the UN report, among similar things, recommends that the Catholic Church identify circumstances under which access to abortion services can be permitted (section 55) and overcome[s] all the barriers and taboos surrounding adolescent sexuality that hinder their access to sexual and reproductive information, including on family planning and contraceptives (section 57a).
John Smeaton, SPUCs chief executive, who is in New York with Peter Smith, one of SPUCs UN lobbyists, commented: The committee has overstepped its mandate by making demands well beyond the scope of the actual wording of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. There is nothing in the Convention which requires the Catholic Church or any other body to facilitate abortion
There is a great deal of hypocrisy in the committees report. Under the cover of seeking to protect children against sexual abuse, the report promotes damage to children the destruction of unborn children through abortion and the destruction of born childrens innocence through the promotion of contraception , Smeaton added.
The British pro-life advocate concluded: The Holy Sees representatives made clear to the committee last month, Catholic leaders are facing up to the shocking child abuse scandals within the Church. Pro-life and pro-family groups throughout the world must like SPUC come to the UN to help the Holy See in its vital work of protecting unborn children and the marriage-based family. This work is under constant attack by the Catholic Churchs enemies, as manifested in the committees report today.
They seem to think the Catholic Church is a legislative body, making laws as they go along.
The Catholic Church will never go along with abortion.
The UN, where every day is Halloween and every meeting is a bar scene from Star Wars.
If it was up to the USCCB (or, for that master, the German Bishop’s Conference), they’d be right on it.
Thankfully, the Holy Spirit defines dogma for the Church rather than national episcopal conferences.
I’m all in favor of aborting the United Nations.
One other thing, the report, http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CRC/Shared%20Documents/VAT/CRC_C_VAT_CO_2_16302_E.pdf, also wants the Holy See to change their position on contraceptives and to provide comprehensive, UN-approved sex ed to all their children. See paragraph 56 and 57.
I see Steven Ertelt, strong pro-abortion Romney supporter, wrote this article.
The UN can take a hike as far as I am concerned. They have no business at all with the Catholic Church. Praying for Pope Francis.
When you start protecting Catholics and other Christians from slaughter in Muslim countries, we will stop and explain to you why we value all innocent life.
Not going to happen.
“How many divisions does” the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child have? I guess in the parallel universe of the UN, the first right of the child is to be destroyed before birth.
Now ,that made me laugh.Thank you!
Yeah, good luck with that, UN.
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