Monday 11 December 2017

Holy See must clarify stance on corporal punishment

Pope Francis, pictured with a child at the Vatican, has sparked a row after he appeared to back a parents’ right to smack a naughty child.
Pope Francis, pictured with a child at the Vatican, has sparked a row after he appeared to back a parents’ right to smack a naughty child.

Mary McAleese

This is the 'Letter to the Editor' sent by Mary McAleese to the Irish Independent.

The Holy See is a Signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). The Committee on the Rights of the Child, which monitors the implementation of the Convention, advocates the universal abolition of corporal punishment of children in all circumstances believing it to be a violation of their rights under the Convention (and natural law) to bodily integrity, human dignity and freedom from violence.

In 2014, the Holy See made both written and oral submissions to the Committee on this subject.

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