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UN names church for what it is: a rogue state

When you look at it minus the emotional baggage, your blood runs cold, writes Brendan O'Connor

Published 09/02/2014 | 02:30

A memorial plaque to victims of the Magdalene Laundries in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
A memorial plaque to victims of the Magdalene Laundries in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

WE CAN tend to outrage fatigue when it comes to reports about the crimes committed within the Catholic Church in recent years. So when the UN Committee on the Rights of Children reported last week on its ongoing engagement with the Catholic Church regarding the rights of children within the Vatican and the Holy See, many people will have been tempted to ignore it.

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After all, there wasn't much new in it. The church has a history of trafficking babies, of discriminating against children based on their sexuality or that of their parents, and of allowing children to be abused, of protecting their abusers from the law, of moving abusers around –allowing them to abuse again, and when it came to abuse, of "consistently placing the preservation of the church and the protection of the perpetrators above children's best interests". The church has even protected priests from their own children, denying children the right to know the identity of their fathers and "only agreeing payments from the church until the child is financially independent only if they [the mothers] sign a confidentiality agreement not to disclose any information".

We knew all that stuff already, didn't we?

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