By Irene F. Starkehaus -
"The Holy See and the Catholic Church will, in the near future, be called before the International Court of Justice to answer for its history of crimes against children. The United Nations will be the prime mover in this, but liberal elites in the United States will be doing all they can to bring the Church to Her knees."
…So D. W. Hudson PhD predicted back in February of 2014 in his report on the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and the committee's recommendations for improving Canon Law to make it more compliant with the United Nation's own professed high standards for child welfare.
But child protection is merely the UN's pretense for a very different agenda. Oddly enough, the Committee on the Rights of the Child didn't seem to value the importance of child protection greatly enough to stick to the raison d'etre. Rather, the recommendations presented to the Holy See by the committee strayed appallingly off topic to include (and now I am borrowing heavily from Hudson's post):
A demand that the Holy See submit itself to UN authority in matters pertaining not only to children's rights but also to homosexuality and abortion.
Forget that such changes should never have been requested. They are completely out of scope and represent a profound mission creep that should not have been considered in the first place.
A demand that the Catholic Church undertake the necessary steps to withdraw all its reservations regarding UN authority in order to ensure the [U.N.] Convention's precedence over internal laws and regulations.
Evidence that the UN abhors any possible challenge to its authority.
A recommendation that the Holy See undertake a comprehensive review of its normative framework, in particular Canon Law, with a view to ensuring its full compliance with the Convention.
A demand that Catholic schools alter textbooks to eliminate "gender stereotypes." Although, there is no actual evidence put forward by the committee that such stereotypes even exist.
Never mind that Catholic schools use the same texts that public schools use. It's not like the Church prints its own math books or something. Mark my words. This has a significant tie-in to the American Catholic school system's acquiescence to Common Core standards and will lead to an eventual drive to eliminate the theory of intelligent design from science curriculum.
A demand that the Vatican initiate "awareness programs" for those who work with children.
There is no mention by the committee of any other religious community or the public schools, where the problem of sex abuse goes largely unreported. This is of no small significance. Any institution that works with children should be subjected to the same scrutiny that the Catholic Church has experienced, but for some reason those standards are slow to translate into policy for secular or other religious institutions. In the first decade of the new millennium, Charol Shakeshaft was commissioned by the Department of Education to determine sexual misconduct in the public school system and found that sex abuse is 100 times more likely to happen in the public schools than has happened by way of Catholic clergy.
It's of the greatest importance to note that the Catholic Church long ago put Virtus – Protecting God's Children in place to ensure the safety of children – well before the UN thought to suggest it. It is a far more stringent program than any other secular organizations or people would ever tolerate. The Catholic Church's modern child protection acts as the standard by which all other organizations ought to hold themselves.
But here's a question. What of the UNs own internal protocols in dealing with children and child abuse? The UN talks as a dispassionate voice on the subject of child endangerment when the UN itself offers no mention of how it handles its own abusers. Does the UN police its representatives as the organization moves through underprivileged communities and war torn nations to redistribute resources? Who's watchdogging the self-appointed watchdog, I wonder? Where's the check on that particular international power? Do they actually want us to believe that they regulate themselves?
A demand that the Vatican amend Canon Law and Vatican City State laws to "end corporal punishment."
Per Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the committee is "too busy wondering if Sister Mary Alice is taking a ruler to a miscreant student to mention the 10,000 Syrian children who have been killed and tortured the last three years."
A demand that the Catholic Church eliminate "baby boxes" – those are boxes belonging to orphanages where women who cannot care for their newborns can leave their babies so that the children will be fed, clothed, nurtured and educated.
Please note that without these baby boxes, many mothers would have no other alternative than to abort their babies. The Catholic Church has long held that abortion is the definitive form of child abuse and torture.
Now that the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Children has laid its foundation for the criminalization of Christianity over the Church's unwillingness to blindly comply with the United Nation's international authority, the UNs Committee Against Torture addresses the Holy See's handling of its sexual abuse scandal in the upcoming weeks. Per the Wall Street Journal, the condemnation of the Church by the Committee Against Torture is coming at the urging of several non-governmental groups including the Center for Constitutional Rights, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is a left of center organization that advocates for social justice and economic redistribution policies. Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests – better known as SNAP – has certainly done good things in support of abused children but has drifted into other political areas to reveal themselves as a left of center advocacy group intent on the reinterpretation of Canon Law as it applies to the clergy. Center for Reproductive Rights…the name speaks for itself.
Characterizing the sex abuse scandal as a form of state sponsored violence – which is the actual jurisdiction of the committee – is a wholesale abuse of authority on the part of the United Nations through its Committee Against Torture. The proper venue for UN investigation – if any in fact exists – is through the Committee on the Rights of Children because only an infinitesimal number of the worldwide network of clergy, laymen and laywomen of the Catholic Church claims citizenship of the city-state. Vatican's secular, legal authority over clergy extends through the hundred acres of Vatican City and no more.
Per David Rivkin and Lee Casey of the Wall Street Journal:
"…attempting to shoehorn [sex abuse] into the Convention Against Torture is legally incorrect. However monolithic the Catholic Church may seem, it is not a sovereign state, and the Vatican (which is) has no legal authority over the church hierarchy or the millions of Catholic believers around the world."
The UN's embezzlement of legal jurisdiction in this matter is not only dangerous to the sovereignty of individual nations, organizations and peoples, it ultimately weakens the purpose of the committee:
"The treaty defines torture narrowly and is directed at states for a reason: to focus attention on repressive governments engaging in torture as a form of terror and as a means of preserving the regimes' hold on power."
We now find the UN encroaching into areas outside of its jurisdiction, and there are literally no checks and balances in place to stop the UN from its determined overreach.
"The sexual abuse of minors by certain priests and the subsequent mishandling of justice is a source of profound sadness and shame for the Catholic Church, to be sure. But the last decade has seen the Church become the leading global institution with regards to protections for children, so much so that other governments and institutions like public schools, which suffer from rampant instances of child abuse, are modeling Church reforms like mandatory background checks and training for any employee that comes in contact with a child, mandatory reporting requirements to police and Church officials, and an annual audit on implementation of these programs, to name a few."
She goes on to charitably assert her belief that the Committee on Torture will be conservative with its recommendations for the Holy See and will not abuse its avowed position of authority over the Catholic Church... for a growing number of people, that train has already left the station.
Many far less diplomatic observers are beginning to understand that when the Church acknowledged the charges made by this committee; it ordained the committee's right to level them in the first place. Beyond the fact that Catholics and Catholic clergy around the world would be marked as collectively responsible for individual offenses, forgetting that this will leave millions upon millions of innocent people open to attack and persecution, it is not now and never was the mission of the United Nations to put a religion on trial for anything – let alone a failure to submit to UN authority.