Posts Tagged ‘the United Nations’

UN anti-Vatican report ‘payback’ for pro-life work, critic says

New York City, N.Y., Feb 13, 2014 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent United Nations report criticizing the Catholic Church on sex abuse and its moral teachings should be understood in the context of efforts to diminish the Vatican’s pro-life i…

A Clever Ruse Foils U.N. Ideologues

Austin Ruse is the president of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), which recently won “special consultative status” from the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO). C-FAM …

C-FAM’s long journey to official UN recognition

by Austin Ruse WASHINGTON, DC, January 30, 2014 ( - A UN committee agreed this week by consensus that C-FAM be granted “special consultative status” with the United Nations. Such status allows non-governmental groups access to the UN system, including the conferences where documents are negotiated.…

Thousands Defend Holy See’s U.N. Status Against Attacks

NEW YORK — Catholics have joined with members of other faiths to support the Holy See’s permanent observer status at the United Nations, defending against a group of abortion proponents seeking to oust the body …

Thousands defend Holy See’s UN status against attacks

New York City, N.Y., Jan 21, 2014 / 04:35 am (CNA).- Catholics have joined with members of other faiths to support the Holy See’s permanent observer status at the United Nations, defending against a group of abortion proponents seeking to oust the body from the international organization.

“The Holy See’s special status enables it to encourage genuine dialogue, promote peaceful resolution of conflicts, and appeal beyond the mere territorial interests of states to the consciences of their leaders,” said a declaration and petition supporting the Holy See’s unique presence in world diplomacy.

The statement explained that the Holy See’s “disinterested, non-partisan service has always been appreciated by the member states at the United Nations.”

“We join with the Member States in gratitude for the spiritual and moral witness of the Holy See at the United Nations,” it continued. “The world would be far poorer if the voice of the Holy See within the United Nations were ever silenced. May that day never come.”

The declaration and petition was launched by the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute Jan. 17. Three days later, it had accumulated more than 3,000 signatures.

Austin Ruse, the institute’s president, said the petition campaign is a response to efforts to remove the Holy See from the U.N. General Assembly.

“The Holy See is the conscience of the UN. It is the only delegation that does not have political considerations in how they negotiate. They negotiate purely from first principles,” he said.

Drafted by Princeton Law School professor Robert P. George and William Saunders of Americans United for Life, the declaration noted that the Holy See has been working in diplomacy since the fourth century A.D. It now has diplomatic relations with 177 nations.

The declaration charged that opponents of the Vatican’s presence at the U.N. dislike the Holy See’s “steadfast defense of the sanctity of human life and the inviolable dignity of the family.”

“Certain organizations, in the name of a false ‘liberation,’ seek to undermine central truths regarding the nature of the human person and of the family. In the name of a false doctrine of human rights, they deny what makes men truly human and violate true human rights,” the statement said.

The abortion advocacy group “Catholics for Choice” has been a longtime opponent of the Holy See’s permanent observer status. The U.S. bishops have warned that this group is “not a Catholic organization” but promotes teachings “contrary to the teaching of the Church.”

The group’s president, John O’Brien, used the Holy See representatives’ recent appearance at a hearing of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child to criticize the permanent observer mission.

He that the Holy See “inexplicably … continues to enjoy the privileges of a state at the U.N.”

“The Holy See has no right to a seat at the U.N. and should not be signing these treaties and conventions,” he argued Jan. 16.

The Holy See’s representatives at the Jan. 16 hearing condemned violence against children and child exploitations, saying that the Vatican in recent years has made child protection a “priority.”

Signatories of the petition deplored efforts to end the Holy See’s permanent observer status, charging that these groups see the Vatican as “an obstacle to their goals of re-engineering humanity and revising basic moral understandings.”

“While many of us do not share or endorse the claims of the Catholic Church, we are united in supporting the Holy See’s continued role as permanent observer at the United Nations,” the document said.

A similar declaration was launched in the year 2000, gaining support from Protestant and Muslim groups as well as Catholics.

Ruse urged supporters of the Holy See’s U.N. presence to sign the petition and ask others to do so.

The signatories will be presented to representatives of the Holy See in New York, Geneva and Rome sometime before the end of 2014.

The petition can be viewed in full at


Holy See Presents Sex-Abuse Assessment to U.N. Panel

GENEVA — The Holy See gave a detailed assessment of its handling of clerical sex abuse cases for the first time today in front of an international panel at the United Nations, during which officials stressed the Church&rsquo…

Holy See Permanent Observer to the UN Calls For Complete Weapons Disarmament

In an address given at the United Nations to the first committee of the 68th UN General Assembly, the Holy See called for “general and complete” weapons disarmament. Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, began his address by expressing the historical…

Archbishop Francis Chulllikatt’s Address to the UN General Assembly on Weapons Disarmament

Here is the address given by Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly regarding weapons disarmament. * * *
Item 99: “General and Complete Disarmament”
Mr Chairman,
 The First Committee mee…

Vatican to UN: Recommendations on ‘safe’ abortion and gay education ‘reprehensible’

by John-Henry Westen UNITED NATIONS, October 21, 2013 ( - Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the representative of the Holy See to the United Nations, told the UN on Friday that recommendations promoting ‘safe abortion’ and homosexuality are ‘particularly reprehensible.’  The Archbishop…

Eleven countries, including U.S., promise to keep homosexuality on UN agenda

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. NEW YORK, October 4 (C-FAM) - Eleven countries announced they will continue to hoist the rainbow flag at the United Nations despite setbacks in recent years. U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry and officials from ten countries promised to promote homosexuality at the United Nations in a declaration issued…

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