This week, the United Nations (U.N.) Committee on the Rights of the Child, the panel tasked with monitoring compliance to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, issued a scathing report against the Vatican. The committee urged the Holy See to take responsibility for child molestation among Catholic priests; to amend canon law to allow abortions in some circumstances, such as to protect the life of a young mother; and to ensure that sex education, including access to information about contraception, is mandatory in Catholic schools.
The Holy See has a longstanding history of obstructing reproductive health and rights in U.N. processes and agreements, as well as a surprising amount of influence there. While this latest report is good news, there is some concern over the role the Holy See could play in the negotiating of the post-2015 development agenda later this year.
Watch this video from Catholics for Choice to learn about the Holy See’s dangerous, outsize privileges at the U.N. and why we need to “See Change.” Or just watch it for the adorable, disgruntled Pope figurine (it’s totally worth it).