The Holy See in the United Nations: An Assessment and Critique

Emeka Xris Obiezu, O.S.A.


The Holy See’s choice of neutrality in all voting matters in the United Nations remains problematic, attracting both criticism and commendation. The situation draws attention to the unique privilege of the Roman Catholic Church as Permanent Observer State in the United Nations. This paper traces the historical development of the privilege and presents an overview of the dynamics of Roman Catholic Church-UN relations. It creatively analyzes and assesses the Holy See’s controversial choice of neutrality within the context of the imperative of solidarity that serves as the theological and pastoral foundation for the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the UN.


Holy See, United Nations, Incarnational solidarity; preferential option for the poor

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ISSN: 2169-1088