The United Nations has released a report that severely criticizes the way the Catholic Church has handled sexual abuse of children by its clergy. Per the article:
In an unprecedented report, a United Nations committee slammed the Vatican's handling of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and accused the church of protecting itself rather than the victims….It calls for the church to immediately remove all known or suspected abusers from its ranks….Clerics have been involved in the sexual abuse of "tens of thousands" of children, the report says, and the United Nations is concerned about how the Vatican has handled the allegations. "The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which has led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators," the report states….The report accuses the Vatican of transferring child sexual abusers from one parish to another in an attempt to cover up crimes, placing children at high risk for abuse. "The Holy See has consistently placed the preservation of the reputation of the Church and the protection of the perpetrators above children's best interests," the report states….Closed-door proceedings have allowed a majority of abusers to avoid criminal proceedings, the report says. A "code of silence" within the clergy ensures that many cases of child sexual abuse are not reported to law enforcement, according to the report….The report also called on the Vatican to make it mandatory to report all cases of suspected child abuse to law enforcement….The report rejected a Vatican argument that it, the Holy See, is only responsible for people who live in the tiny Vatican city-state. The U.N. says the Vatican has supreme power over individuals and institutions under its authority.
This is certainly a good start.
John, I saw this on BBC America yesterday. Agreed that it's a good start. A world agency has called them out on their conspiratorial cover up on child torture and rape. About damn time someone in a position of authority did! My hat's off to the UN.
I think the issues of child molestation are also entangled with their stance on celibate priests, masturbation and homosexuality. This whole constellation needs to be addressed together.
I was also very glad to see the UN blast the church over contraception and abortion as well. This is another constellation of issues heavily affecting women worldwide, and the poor in particular.
I just saw this same report on NBC Nightly News. Would have posted it, except you beat me to it, John!
It's encouraging to see the UN throwing the gauntlet down on the Vatican. Whether that action will goad a response out of the Holy See or Pope Frank or not, I don't know. Let's hope they keep the pressure on!
Good point Loren. Let's see how Frankie the Gaucho handles this one. He's the current rock star of the religious world. Will he adopt, disparage, or just ignore the findings of the UN?
My guess, Pat, is that he'll look for wiggle room. Another guess is that he's not 100% comfortable with this situation, which is why there are underlings attempting to minimize or counter the UN action. At some point or other, he's going to have to come to terms with the fact that his organization is culpable in some SERIOUS FUCKING SHIT.
What he does after that will tell us who Jorge Bergoglio REALLY is.
I can't tell you how happy I am to see some real action against the RRC for their attitudes, policies and practices about sexuality. Women have, yelled, cried, begged, pleaded for relief from their sick, sick, sick, doctrines and now that little boys are involved there is finally some action being taken. Little boys and girls have been victims of these predators for centuries and the cries of the victims go unheard. Here is another case of throw open the windows and doors, let some sunlight and fresh air go in and clean house.
The reality is that not only the RRC is guilty, the religious communities at large get away with all kinds of crimes without remedy.
"Be quiet!" "Don't tell!" "Time will heal wounds!" "Don't get uppity!" "Silence is the best thing!" "What did you do to cause this?"
Sound familiar? Yield, pray, obey, turn the other cheek, crucify yourself daily, rejoice in your crucifixion............!" Blablablabla
The UN has at least made it more likely that the church will lose members if it doesn't take corrective action. As such, I think the church will take corrective action but no more than it feels is necessary.
I highly doubt the religions can make the kinds of changes so sorely needed because their underlying principles requires surrender and dependency. With the use fear and hope, they trap people's minds so they no longer think in terms of what is real.
Because of this, I chose a more radical approach than some are willing to do. I have nothing to lose and many others have a great deal to lose so I am not advocating being confrontive to everyone. And not all people have that nature. I do believe challenging statements are appropriate because of all the harm religions have caused in the past and definitely continue in the present. Nothing changes ... Oh maybe I won't get burned at the stake for speaking my truth as were so many in the past (see my photo album of "Heretics burned at the stake"). I did not include all who were burned, just enough to get the idea of who, why, when and where these atrocities happened.