VATICAN CITY, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A U.N. report criticizing the Vatican for its role in the clerical sex abuse scandal shows a lack of understanding of the church, a papal spokesman said Friday.
Speaking on Vatican Radio, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child also appeared to be imposing its own views on morality and sexuality on the Catholic Church.
The committee, based in Geneva, released its report Wednesday.
"The committee's comments in several directions seem to go beyond its powers and to interfere in the very moral and doctrinal positions of the Catholic Church, giving indications involving moral evaluations of contraception, or abortion, or education in families, or the vision of human sexuality," Lombardi said.
Lombardi said the Vatican has generally supported the United Nations and especially its work on children's rights. He said the committee report shows a lack of understanding of church governance and of the Vatican's role in a body with more than a billion members and thousands of bishops.