A UN committee has told the Catholic Church to get over its opposition to adolescents having sex and that it needs to change its teachings on abortion and homosexuality.
These explosive directives came in an official report issued by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, a committee that grilled Vatican officials for eight hours last month.
The Committee–consisting of independent experts from 18 countries including Saudi Arabia, Norway, Italy, and Spain–is charged by the UN with overseeing implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a hard-law treaty the Church ratified in 1990 and that has been ratified by every country in the world except the United States and Somalia. Every signatory country must appear before the committee to report on implementation.
The Committee specifically told the Church “to review its position on abortion which places obvious risks on the life and health of pregnant girls and to amend Canon 1398 relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services can be permitted.”
The Committee lamented “the negative consequences of the Holy See’s position and practices of denying access to contraception, as well as to sexual and reproductive health and information.” The Committee directed the Church “to access the serious implications of its position on adolescents’ enjoyment of highest attainable standard of health and overcome all the barriers and taboos surrounding adolescent sexuality…”
The Committee is also displeased with the Church for not recognizing same-sex families: “The Committee recommends that the Holy See ensure that Canon Law provisions recognize the diversity of family settings and do not discriminate children (sic) based on the type of family they live in.”
The Committee also charged the Church with contributing to violence against homosexuals: “The Holy See’s past statements and declarations on homosexuality which contribute to the social stigmatization of and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adolescents and children raised by same-sex couples.”
“…and overcome all the barriers and taboos surrounding adolescent sexuality…”
Those heathen bastards can go screw themselves. Sideways. The U.N. should be disbanded. NOW.
I couldn’t think of a good title for this post. I hate titles; maybe from now on, no titles.