New York City, N.Y., May 14, 2011 / 12:39 pm (CNA).- 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.” The Catholic League says the charge represents ideological axe-grinding, from an organization that has lost Church support.
“This is ideology at work, not objective research,” said Catholic League President Bill Donohue. “Coming up empty with cases of abuse that occurred last year, (Amnesty) decided to adopt a 'look-back' strategy, one that is exclusively applied to the Catholic Church.”
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.”
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.
Don't expect relief in 2012 either, I see that one of the frontrunners for the GOP Presidential ticket is Mitch Daniels. He's already espoused a "truce" on "cultural" issues such as abortion, now it seems he may pick Condoleeza Rice as his running mate. The problem I immediately see is Dr. Rice believes in legalized abortion. Uh-oh, not good.
So look for no relief anytime soon.
I'm still amazed at times how far the discrediting of those opposing the Culture of Death has gone. The other day on a Facebook entry regarding a proabort arrested for terrorist activity against prolifers, an old shipmate admitted to mixed feelings. He felt the man was wrong but so were the prolife felons who injured/killed their opponents, even though it was done for a good cause. My jaw dropped, this is a reasonably intelligent man, a Christian and yet he's been led to believe the common myth of the violent prolifers. He doesn't know just how few times some nutjob, identifying himself as ardently prolife, has murdered someone. He also doesn't know how often (especially lately) prolife vigil participants find themselves threatened either by some mouthy punk OR even the local cops. It's happening and happening more often. Ask the "Notre Dame 88" about ridiculous persecution. Theirs came at the hands of a supposedly Catholic University.
So it's here folks and it's getting worse. Stand by if you're faithful to the Magisterium, get well informed on official Church teaching so you can defend it in the workplace, speak out when you have the opportunity.
The followers of Moloch, Beelzebub, et al may make a feast out of our asses. But we can at least get a sandwich out of theirs.