The U.N.’s Destructive Code

Archbishop Celestine Migliore, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations, says the Vatican had no choice about not endorsing two recent U.N. documents.

Why? Because abortion and homosexual activists had seeded these documents with code language intended to promote their agendas in a dishonest and destructive way.

The insertion of such code language into U.N. documents by the delegations of Western countries, working in close collaboration with the international abortion and homosexual rights lobbies, is a common ploy. Their hope is that by doing this, these documents subsequently will be interpreted by national and international courts as having granted recognition in international law to the abortion and homosexual rights agendas.

Indeed, seeking to expose these linguistic scams and to persuade countries to reject them is a primary task of life and family advocates working at the United Nations, during practically every international negotiation these days.

This task is made vastly more difficult by a couple of factors: First, the reality that the Western delegations pushing the abortion rights and homosexual rights agendas are wealthy and powerful and as a result largely control the United Nations. And second, the reality that major media outlets refuse to report about the manipulative way that pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality code language is inserted into a broad array of of documents that ought to have nothing to do with those agendas.

Archbishop Migliore’s recent comments about the matter, made to the Italian Catholic magazine Il Regno, were made in the contest of explaining why the Holy See was unable to endorse the U.N.’s new convention on disabled people and another document dealing with discrimination against homosexuals.

The first document was worded in such a way as to allow the interpretation that it confers “reproductive rights” — code for abortion — on people with disabilities. The second document was worded in such a way as to allow the possible interpretation that ministers who refuse to perform ceremonies for so-called homosexual “marriage” are guilty of criminal acts of discrimination.

Archbishop Migliore explained that after delegates rejected requests by the Holy See and others participating in the negotiations to clarify the language of these documents to prevent such interpretations, the Vatican could not sign the documents.

Said Archbishop Migliore, “In dealing with rights that have to do with life and the conduct of persons, communities and peoples, discernment foresees that we must ask every time whether demands for the recognition of new rights promote a true good for all and what the relationship is to other rights and with each person’s responsibility.”