John M. Becker

Catholic Group to UN: Stop Treating Vatican as a State

Filed By John M. Becker | October 05, 2013 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Catholic Church, Holy See, LGBT rights, reproductive rights, United Nations, Vatican City, women's rights

angry_pope.jpgCatholics for Choice is a D.C.-based dissident Catholic organization that believes, according to the group's website, "that the Catholic tradition supports a woman's moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health."

Naturally, the group has been a favorite target of the Catholic hierarchy since its founding in 1973. The national bishops' conferences in Canada and the United States have both repeatedly attacked CFC, as has the Archdiocese of Mexico; they claim that the group is not an authentic, legitimate Catholic organization because it disagrees with the church's teaching on abortion and women's reproductive rights.

Because the Catholic Church is also (sort of) a state (Vatican City/the Holy See), it has observer status at the United Nations. From this position -- a position not enjoyed by other religions, which are regarded as nongovernmental organizations -- the Vatican has led opposition to the global expansion of reproductive health services. So CFC started the "See Change" Campaign to push for a downgrade in Vatican City's UN status, to bring it into line with that of other religious groups.

Watch a promotional video for the See Change Campaign after the jump and let us know what you think. Remember that this isn't just about women's rights: in the United Nations, the Catholic Church has also led the opposition to the recognition of LGBT rights around the globe.

CFC says a religion should not get to act as a state -- do you agree? Should the Catholic Church get a downgrade at the United Nations?


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