A snubbed Amnesty International reaches for reasons to condemn Church
May 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
Amnesty International, the organization that releases a yearly report on human rights violations all over the world, has added the Vatican, for the first time ever, to its list of human rights abusers for 2011, claiming the Vatican to be culpable in the cover-up of child abuse by a few priests with no true vocation. In a Catholic News Agency article, the Catholic League exposes this charge for what it is: political axe-grinding from an organization that has lost Church support. The human rights agency Amnesty International reports on current rights violations every year, but according to Catholic League president Bill Donohue, there was not a single case of abuse reported in 2010. Thanks to the efforts of the Vatican and Catholics the world over, abuse allegations have significantly decreased since the 1970’s, which saw the most allegations.
So why did Amnesty International make such a dishonest claim in its annual report? Donohue sees it as a kind of payback from an organization snubbed by the Church. The organization, which was founded by a Catholic convert, used to enjoy the support of the Church until it began calling abortion a ‘universal human right’ and supporting gay marriage. Now Amnesty International seems to be lashing out in retribution with these absurd charges. It is interesting that the organization does not include protestant churches in its report which, if lumped together, have consistently seen and still see many, many more abuse allegations than the Catholic Church; a fact that is largely ignored by the media, who see no benefit in attacking organizations with so little power or influence. The fact is that the Vatican is seen as having ultimate, iron-fisted authority over every Catholic diocese, when in reality the Bishop is the head of a diocese and has the responsibility for reporting cases of abuse within his diocese.
However, attacks against the Church of God are to be expected- Jesus Christ himself warned us it would be. But Christ also made a promise that the gates of hell could not stand against his Church, and Christ never spoke a lie. But woe to those through whom scandal comes- they shall have their reward. The handful of priests who, having no vocation and using the Church as a cover for their sins, will be judged just as every soul is. And in the same way, those who, like Amnesty International, seek to scandalize the Church for their own twisted political motives, will be judged, too.