The United Nations Committee Against Torture is calling upon a holy subject to testify and defend themselves against claims of human rights abuse — the Vatican.
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The UN torture panel is investigating the Vatican’s alleged role in doing little to prevent regimes that flagrantly abused human rights and practiced torture in countries where the Catholic Church had a prominent place. According to the UN’s report, the Vatican — which is also a nation-state — had a obligation to do everything in its power to prevent the abuses perpetuated by cruel governments and needs to answer for its record during its testimony on Monday.
“The Holy See notes that in times past, cruel practices were commonly used by legitimate governments to maintain law and order, often without protest from the pastors of the church, who themselves adopted in their own tribunals the prescriptions of Roman law concerning torture,” reads the Vatican’s report. “Regrettable as these facts are, the church always taught the duty of clemency and mercy.”