Amnesty International Cites Vatican for Human Rights’ Concerns

Vatican City – Amnesty International named the Vatican in its annual report on human rights’ concerns for not sufficiently complying with international mandates on protecting children from abuse.

It marked the first time the Vatican was named in the group’s Annual Report on the state of human rights around the world. The 2011 Annual Report covered human rights in 157 countries, looking particularly at rights abuses and restrictions and at failures to implement international rights’ agreements.

The report, released May 13, said, “The Holy See did not sufficiently comply with its international obligations relating to the protection of children,” specifically regarding sex abuse.

The Vatican is party to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Article 19 of the convention says that states parties “shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse.”

The article also says measures should be implemented to aid in prevention, reporting and investigation of abuse as well as care for victims and, “as appropriate,” the involvement of the court system.

The Amnesty International report said, “Increasing evidence of widespread child sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy over the past decades, and of the enduring failure of the Catholic Church to address these crimes properly, continued to emerge in various countries.”

“Such failure included not removing alleged perpetrators from their posts pending proper investigations, not cooperating with judicial authorities to bring them to justice and not ensuring proper reparation to victims,” the report said…

NCR has more.

How discomforting.

UPDATE:  Amnesty International’s dig at Vatican called ‘preposterous’ here.


5 thoughts on “Amnesty International Cites Vatican for Human Rights’ Concerns

  1. This is simply a tragic moral failure, not to mention a breach of Christianity! And certainly a sign of both modernism and postmodernity. I can remember when the RCC was a leader in moral theology! Again the signs of the times!

      1. Well certainly sin has always been close at hand in this fallen world, and even the Church is a Pilgrim body, but this “sin” is just reprehensible! Talk about a time for prayer & fasting, and certain repentance! And the Vatican must lead the way, and simply get to it!

      2. Yes Fr. S,

        I am still trying to be a good Anglican, and just continue in the historic place: God, Bible, Church…’Word & Sacrament’, etc. And we both know the Church is “Catholic”!

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