The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child released a new report slamming the Catholic Church and suggesting that it alter its belief system to permit abortion in order to "protect children."
The committee also urged the Vatican to amend its canon law to identify circumstances where access to abortion can be permitted for children, such as to save the life of a young mother. It urged the Holy See to ensure that sex education, including access to information about contraception and preventing HIV, is mandatory in Catholic schools. It called for the Holy See to use its moral authority to condemn discrimination against homosexual children or children raised by same-sex couples.
Naturally, Vatican officials are not overly pleased with the suggestion to change a significant pillar of the Church's teachings in order to appease the United Nations.
The Holy See does, however, regret to see in some points of the Concluding Observations an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of human person and in the exercise of religious freedom.
The Holy See reiterates its commitment to defending and protecting the rights of the child, in line with the principles promoted by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and according to the moral and religious values offered by Catholic doctrine.
It's foolish to suggest killing children is the best way to protect them.
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