Monday, February 17, 2014

The Dysfunctional Nations

From time to time a local pastor fires us up with fortitudinal e-blasts, of which this is his latest:

Dear Parishioners,

Every Catholic should be angry about this. Please take the time to read the editorial below that recently appeared in Investor's Business Daily.

Cheers in the Lord, 
Fr. Tony

United Nations Scolds Catholic Church On Human Rights            

Anti-Religion: Ignoring abhorrences such as China's one-child policy and atrocities condoned by Shariah law, a U.N. committee tells the Vatican to deal with abusive priests and change its teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality. That the report issued by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child would mention the instances of abuse of children by priests in the United States is not surprising. What is surprising and unfortunate is that the U.N. would act as if the Catholic Church had done nothing about it and use the report as a springboard to attack the core doctrines of a religion embraced by an estimated 1.2 billion people. No honest analysis of the Church's response to the sex abuse issue, including the recent emphasis by Pope Francis, can conclude the Church is not vigorously addressing this evil except, perhaps, at the U.N., where instances of child rape by its peacekeepers have been swept under the rug.

From what can be ascertained, according to Claudia Rosett in the Wall Street Journal, more than 600 allegations of rape or sexual exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers were recorded from 2007 to 2013, with 354 substantiated. This number, which includes the gang rape of a Haitian teenager, may be significantly understated. The U.N., while less than forthcoming on the abuses of member states that sit on its Orwellian-named Human Rights Commission, demands the Holy See share "all archives which can be used to hold the abusers accountable as well as those who concealed their crimes and knowingly placed offenders in contact with children." Has the U.N. or its member states been held accountable for their abuses of women and children?

China's "one child" policy has been condoned by a U.N. that supports what's called "sustainable development," which says overpopulation drains Earth's resources and promotes global warming. Yet it has led to forced abortions and sterilizations. Amnesty International reported that Chinese authorities forcibly sterilized 10,000 people in one city in Guangdong Province in 2010 as crickets chirped at Turtle Bay. In a normal population, there are about 105 boys born for every 100 girls. In China, where girls are considered to have less value than boys, the ratio is 121 boys to 100 girls. According to the book, "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men," by Mara Hvistendahl, some 163 million female babies have been aborted or otherwise destroyed since the late 1970s thanks to population-control programs in places such as India and China.

Yet the Church that gave the world Mother Teresa is condemned.
"Iran," as Rosett also notes, "has for years led the world in juvenile executions, yet the committee last reported on Iran in 2005." The U.N. pays scant attention to that and Tehran's abuses against homosexuals or to the treatment of homosexuals in Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Shariah law condones "honor killings" of women and children. In 2002, girls fleeing their burning school in Saudi Arabia were forced back into the building, where they would perish because they were not covered head-to-toe as required in public. It was an incident ignored by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child.

We are among those who believe religious freedom is also a basic human right. Certainly the U.N. seems to respect Islam and Shariah law. But with the Catholic Church, the U.N. demands it amend Canon Law "relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services can be permitted." The U.N. also demanded the Vatican "overcome all the barriers and taboos surrounding adolescent sexuality."

The United Nations is a pompous and self-righteous collection of physicians badly in need of healing themselves.

If  were not angry, I would not have posted this!

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