Religion and Politics
The secrets and dishonesties surrounding sexual abuse against children within the Catholic Church continue, and the United Nations is now pressuring the Vatican to implement changes. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child have released a report condemning the Vatican for its continuous failure to take necessary steps in addressing the countless cases of child sex abuse within the Catholic Church, and its negligence to provide protection to our children (See: http://bit.ly/1bqwZB9).
The UN Committee has implemented non-binding recommendations upon the Vatican urging the Holy See to address this global scandal, suggesting Pope Francis to establish mandatory rules in reporting the abuse to investigators. The report ceases an enforcement mechanism, however the Pope is now under global pressure to respond and take the necessary steps to address this international scandal, as the entire world is watching. The Vatican is to report back to the UN Committee by 2017. They are also requesting that by 2017 the Holy See is to remove all known and suspected child sexual abusers and report the cases to authorities. It has been known for the Holy See to simply relocate priests accused of sexual abuse of children. How does relocating an abusive priest help solve the problem? Let us simply move that individual to another diocese and that will help him to not reoffend. Where is the logic in this? If anything, it will result in more victims. It is absurd that it was merely even an option in the church to do this!
On a global level, countless children are sexual abused at the hands of clergy in the Catholic Church, some going reported and others not. These allegations are swept under the rug by the church in attempts to preserve the status and reputation they so wish to hold. But their reputation has long ago, in my eyes, has been damaged with every perpetrator they continue to protect from being held accountable for their pedophilic actions.
I am not suggesting that all Catholic priests are or have molested youth; however why do we not see this happening on such a global level in other religions? How many countless victims are we not aware of that the Holy See is concealing from the public? I cannot fathom the reason why the Vatican seeks to protect the perpetrators and not hold the rights and protection of a child in much higher regard. If the Catholic Church is so concerned over its preservation and reputation, why on earth are they failing to address the scandals scandals that, whether you are Catholic or not, are considered blasphemous and downright immoral?
Ignoring the issue is clearly not helping the church’s reputation. The Holy See reiterated its assurance to defending and protecting the rights of a child; however, it seems like perhaps a ploy to defer attention from the problem. Basically, it seems to be all talk and no action. As a Catholic myself, I am absolutely appalled with how the Vatican has dealt with the allegations of child abuse. Is it not time for the Vatican to get off their holy throne and properly address and deal with this elephant in the room that they so desperately try to ignore? Sexual abuse is neither acceptable nor condoned in Christianity; and if anyone, the Vatican should ultimately be the ones that recognize this! With power, there comes responsibility and the Vatican needs to start holding perpetrators accountable, and taking this issue more seriously.