According to a recent report from the Catholic News Agency, “Catholics for Choice” is once again seeking to end the Holy See’s permanent observer status at the United Nations.
Catholics for Choice is an abortion advocacy group that promotes teachings contrary to the Catholic Church. The American Bishops have repeatedly warned that they are “not a Catholic organization.”
On January 16, the abortionist group’s president, John O’Brien, argued that the Holy See does not deserve the status of a state at the United Nations. “The Holy See has no right to a seat at the U.N.,” he declared, “and should not be signing these treaties and conventions.”
In response, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute launched a declaration and petition, on Jan. 17, to defend the Holy See against O’Brien’s attacks. The petition, drafted by Princeton Law School professor Robert P. George and William Saunders of Americans United for Life, gained over 3,000 signatures in just 3 days.
The Holy See has diplomatic relations with 177 countries and has been involved in international diplomacy since the 4th Century. Its interest is non-partisan, and its mission in the U.N. is to protect the dignity of the human person and defend the rights of women, children, and families throughout the world.
Signatories of the petition observe that the efforts of abortionist groups to remove the Holy See from the U.N. are deplorable. These false liberation groups, “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 document declared.
While Vatican supporters at the U.N. do not always agree with Catholic Church’s positions and policies, they still recognize that the Holy See is an important obstacle to certain groups’ “goals of re-engineering humanity and revising basic moral understandings.” In this regard, the document adds:
“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.”
You can view the full petition at www.defendtheholysee.org.