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Vatican strikes back at UN report demanding approval of abortion and sex for children - Pro-life and pro-family groups in the US and Europe have supported the Vatican with a chorus of outrage at a report from the UN that demands the Catholic Church change its teachings on the nature of human sexuality, the sanctity of life and marriage.

In a statement today, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, said that the UN has failed to understand that the Church's teachings are not merely "positions" or opinions that can be changed to suit the political fashions of the day. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi

The Holy See, he said, "cannot certainly give up certain teachings that are part of their deep convictions and also an expression of freedom of religion."

Austin Ruse, head of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), said today that he is "hopping mad" at the report's brazen demand that the Church "let children have sex" and change its teaching on contraception, abortion and homosexuality.