Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Vatican official says UN report based on ideology

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Vatican City, February 5 - A new United Nations
report condemning the Catholic Church's handling of a worldwide
sexual abuse scandal appears to have been written before Holy
See representatives even had a chance to tell their side of the
story, a senior Vatican official said Wednesday.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's permanent
observer to the United Nations in Geneva, testified last month
at a day-long hearing before the UN committee on the Convention
on the Rights of the Child, which issued a scathing report on
Wednesday.
The negative tone and conclusions of the report came as a
"surprise," said Tomasi.
"It seems that had already been prepared before the meeting
of the (UN) committee with the delegation of the Holy See," said
Tomasi.
That suggests the report had a pre-determined "ideological
line" that it followed in its findings, he added.
The committee denounced the Vatican's behavior in allegedly
hiding decades of sexual abuse of tens of thousands of children
by clergymen and urged the Church to make a full disclosure of
its records so that culprits and "those who concealed their
crimes" could face justice.
In its wide-ranging and scathing report, the committee also
called on the Holy See to "immediately remove" all clergy who
are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil
authorities.
In addition to concerns about sexual abuse hidden by the
Church, the committee also reviewed other practices of the Holy
See that touch on the lives of children including several
deep-rooted policies on controversial topics including abortion
and homosexuality.
"This committee has not done a good job for the United
Nations...seeking to introduce and ask the Holy See to change
its teaching is not negotiable," Tomasi said.
He said this added to his concerns about an ideological
approach taken the committee, and that a committee concerned
with the rights of children should care about them before and
after birth - a slam against abortion proponents.

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