WASHINGTON, March 13, 2013 ― While the world remained intent on catching the first whiff of white smoke at the Vatican ‒ signaling the election of a new pope ‒ it’s business as usual at the United Nations. Pro-abortion forces at the UN, aided by mainstream media, are busy attacking any group that resists sexual libertinism. This time, it’s the Holy See.
The UN is accusing the Vatican of obstructing the completion of a final document by the 57th annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held March 4−15 this year in New York. In reality, the only thing being obstructed is the ever-present onslaught against life and family in the playground for unfettered social engineering known as the UN, which receives one-fifth of its total budget from American taxpayers.
CSW is a global policy-making body. Its documents help formulate concrete policies that ostensibly promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.
The following is a paragraph from text offered by the Holy See at last week’s negotiations:
Reaffirming the obligation of all States to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms, and reaffirming also that discrimination on the basis of sex is contrary to the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, … and other international human rights instruments and that its elimination is an integral part of efforts towards the elimination of all forms of violence against women.
The Declarations enumerated by the Holy See demonstrate that the instruments for the protection of women are already in place within the structure of UN documents and the Holy See simply asked that these documents be reaffirmed and implemented. This was not an obstructive act. But because some of these treaties and Declarations include language that recognizes the “inherent right to life, liberty and security of persons,” the radical and extreme pro-abortion elements within the European Union and the delegation of the United States have blocked it and moved to have these treaties, even a mere mention of them, deleted from the current document.
The New York Times published a bizarre op-ed claiming, “The efforts by the Vatican and Iran to control women are well known.” It also suggested that the Vatican, Russia, and Iran were in an “unholy alliance” “to eliminate language in a draft communiqué asserting that the familiar excuses ‒ religion, custom, tradition ‒ cannot be used by governments to duck their obligation to eliminate violence.” Instead, the NYT said, “conservative hard-liners” believe “that traditional values justify the violation of basic human rights.”
Judie Brown, author of The Broken Path: How Catholic Bishops Got Lost in the Weeds of American Politics, said, “It has always been a bit curious to me that government officials, as well as high-placed, influential members of the media, cannot ignore the temptation to criticize or demean people of faith. I have seen this manifested for as long as I have been involved in defending intrinsic human rights ‒ more than 40 years to be exact. But recently the bias has intensified.”
Austin Ruse, president of Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, is calling for all pro-life groups and denominations to join them in support of “the Holy See and her allies at the UN Commission on the Status of Women … in upholding the inherent right to life for all human beings, opposing violence against women and girls, … [and] protecting women and girls from sexual exploitation and risky sexual behavior.”
Those familiar with the United Nations and its nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners are hardly surprised. A statistical and linguistic analysis published in the Ave Maria International Law Journal drew this conclusion: “The activities, advocacy, and policies of both UNESCO [UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization] and IPPF [International Planned Parenthood Federation] can be said to advance a worldview best described as anti-family ‘sexual anarchy,’ wholly antithetical to their claims that they are attempting to advance child health and welfare” (p. 232).
May God bless Pope Francis ‒ because it is business as usual at the UN, and the Church remains in its crosshairs.
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