Target: Pope Francis
Goal: Remove policies in the Vatican that allow priests to rape and molest children, and fire sexual offenders
A United Nations rights committee recently accused the Vatican of adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest thousands of children over the past decades. The committee demanded the Holy See remove all sexual offenders from their posts and open files regarding pedophiles and bishops who have thus far hidden their crimes. The Vatican should immediately remove policies that allow sexual abuse to continue.
A United Nations panelist stated that Vatican policies have allowed the “continuation of abuse and the impunity of perpetrators.” The report also stated that the Holy See placed more importance upon the church’s reputation than on the children, forgoing punishment of sexual offenders in order to save their image. The United Nations found that tens of thousands of children have been abused by clerics worldwide, and priests who have been found guilty of raping or molesting children were simply moved around, sometimes to different countries. It severely criticized the Holy See for not handing over data concerning cases of child abuse during the United Nations’ questioning period.
Another policy within the Holy See is the “code of silence” about sexual molestation. If a clergymen breaks it, he is immediately ostracized, demoted, or fired. In 2011, a bishop was even congratulated for having kept the silence. But this code hampers investigations and allows priests and bishops to continue sexually abusing children. This worldwide abuse needs to stop and the change needs to start at the heart of the organization, the Vatican. Demand policies that allow priests to rape and molest children be immediately removed, and that those who are sexual offenders be fired on the spot.
Dear Pope Francis
I am deeply troubled about a report released by the United Nations rights committee regarding the Vatican. The report accused the Vatican of implementing policies that allow priests to rape and molest children, and this abuse has been ongoing for the past several decades. It is estimated that tens of thousands of children are abused worldwide by clergymen, and very little has been done to compensate the victims or punish the abusers.
I am demanding that you remove such policies. The Holy See needs to stop moving priests who are convicted of sexual abuse to different parishes, or even moving them to a different country. This does not stop the problem of sexual abuse, it only perpetuates it. The code of silence must be dropped. It hampers investigation and does nothing to protect the children. It is also appalling that clergymen are even congratulated for keeping such practices quiet.
Children should be safe when they enter church, not become victims of molestation or rape. As a new leader, I hope you will do everything in your power to ensure these policies are removed and the children are better protected.
[Your Name Here]
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