Vatican sources say UN report on children went too far
Comments on moral issues 'beyond the call of duty'05 February, 18:34
In its wide-ranging and scathing report, the UN committee also reviewed other practices of the Holy See that touch on the lives of children, including several deep-rooted policies on controversial topics from abortion to homosexuality.
The UN committee suggested the Vatican speak out against laws that discriminate against gays who may have children that could be hurt by the homophobia against their parents.
It also suggested that the Church reconsider its stand against abortion in cases where the mother's life is at risk if she gives birth.
With such comments, the committee "exceeded the limits of its area of expertise," unnamed Vatican sources said.
"The protection of children is one thing," but comments on morality go too far, the sources said.
"They went very far beyond the call of duty".