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United Nations Report Rips Catholic Schools, Vatican

A United Nations committee’s criticisms of the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse by clergy outrageously included criticisms of Catholic schools that rise to the level of anti-Catholicism, argues Deacon Keith Fournier at Catholic Online.

“It intruded into the doctrine, teaching, discipline and rights of the Church,” he writes.  “It insisted that the Church change its unchangeable teachings.  It even scolded the Church on how she instructs children in Catholic schools and sought to impose a curriculum.”

The report issued by the Convention on the Rights of a Child outrageously included several criticisms of Catholic schools including:

The Committee urges the Holy See to adopt a rights-based approach to address discrimination between girls and boys and refrain from using terminology that could challenge equality between girls and boys.  The Committee also urges the Holy See to take active measures to remove from Catholic schools textbooks all gender stereotyping which may limit the development of the talents and abilities of boys and girls and undermine their educational and life opportunities…

The Committee is seriously concerned about the negative consequences of the Holy See's position and practices of denying adolescents' access to contraception, as well as to sexual and reproductive health and information. ..

Ensure the right of adolescents to have access to adequate information essential for their health and development and for their ability to participate meaningfully in society.  In this respect, the Holy See should ensure that sexual and reproductive health education and prevention of HIV/AIDS is part of the mandatory curriculum of Catholic schools and targeted at adolescent girls and boys, with special attention to preventing early pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

In the end, Fournier believes the report indicates more about what’s wrong with the U.N., rather than what’s wrong with the Catholic Church.

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