United Nations vs. the Vatican
March 5, 2014 12:00 ET

A committee working under the auspices of the U.N. has recently chided the Vatican for its failure to properly implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Church. A panel will examine the implications of this committee report as well as the dangers of U.N. overreach in the area of religion. The report goes well beyond abuse and cites the need for the Roman Catholic Church to reexamine its teachings on moral issues such as abortion. Come join FRC as we discuss the U.N. treaty Convention on the Rights of the Child and its potential a a catalyst for religious discrimination in the context of this fight between the Vatican and the U.N.

Austin Ruse is the head of C-Fam and organization which monitors and informs international bodies on social policy. Ruse or his team have participated in every major UN social policy negotiation since 1997 including the multi-year negotiations that created the International Criminal Court.

He has briefed members of the U.S. House and Senate on U.N. matters, as well as briefing White House and National Security Council staff.

Pat Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), which examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America's social problems, as illustrated in the social science data. A native of Ireland, Fagan earned his Bachelor of Social Science degree, a professional graduate degree in psychology (Dip. Psych.) as well as his Ph.D. from University College Dublin.

Travis Weber Travis S. Weber is the Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, where he focuses on all manner of legal and policy issues pertaining to religious freedom.

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