Amnesty International is accusing the Catholic Church of an “enduring failure to address these crimes properly.”
Amnesty International has cited the Vatican in a new report on human rights violations, alleging that it “did not sufficiently comply” with laws “relating to the protection of children.”
Amnesty’s 2011 Annual Report charges the Holy See with human rights violations for “child sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy over the past decades,” and what it describes as “the enduring failure of the Catholic Church to address these crimes properly.”
Catholic League President Bill Donohue said it was “preposterous” for Amnesty to “hold the Vatican responsible for the behavior of priests all over the world,” a responsibility that belongs to local bishops according to Catholic teaching.
He also observed that the “vast majority” of abuse cases “occurred between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s, having nothing to do with any alleged culpability on the part of the Holy See in 2010.”
“The Annual Report on the other 156 nations details human rights violations that occurred in 2010,” Donohue observed, noting that the report “lists not a single instance of a human rights violation that took place anywhere in the world in 2010 under the auspices of the Holy See.”
Yet Amnesty “still managed to condemn its human rights record,” the Catholic League president reflected. “So what’s going on?”
Amnesty’s motivation may derive partly from its own loss of Catholic support in recent years. The organization, founded by a Catholic convert, was once favored in many quarters of the Church for its opposition to torture and the death penalty.
But the group has lost significant support from Catholics, and drawn criticisms from bishops, for its 2007 decision to support universal access to abortion as a “human right.” The group has also begun advocating strongly for same-sex “marriage.”
In 2007, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, said Amnesty had “betrayed its mission” of promoting human rights by endorsing abortion.
If a Catholic priest rape a boy today, will this man be arrested and jailed?
The answer is “probably not”.
Because the boy will be to ashamed to tell anyone. The problem with sexual criminality inside the Catholic Church, is not that such crimes take place. The problem is that such crimes are denied and hidden. There seems to be no end to such Criminal behavior. Many of the abused Children has testified that it took them more than 20 years before they felt strong enough to tell others about the abuse.
A Governmental commission in Ireland claimed that Catholic priests abused almost 150.000 children. Many Catholic parents must have known what their local “Holy father” was doing, but kept quiet. To tell would being shame on both the Church and the family. Read more about this crime against humanity.
Do Amnesty International report on such sexual crimes because the NGO has lost monetary support from the Vatican?
Is Amnesty International revenge full, or are they so strapped for cash, that they need to “black mail” Roman Catholic Bishops to raise fresh funds?
What a ridiculous claim by the Vatican.
It would be better for the Pope to admit, that there are many perverts among the Roman Catholic Priest. And that some of these perverts have even become Bishops and Cardinals.
Why are there so many perverts in this priesthood?
On of the reasons is that Roman Priests are banned from marrying, and fit perfect into the Bible verse that warns us not to trust a Church that promotes false teachers.
1 Timothy 4:2-4
Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
Men who burn with passion for men, can hide in the Roman Catholic Church. Its a perfect hideout for homosexuals and pedophile perverts.
Written by Ivar