Tens of thousands of children raped and molested by Catholic priests over the decades . . .

That is what a UN committee is saying in a report denouncing the Vatican, which also criticizes the organization for its stance on homosexuality, contraception and abortion, according to an Associated Press article.

From the report:

“The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by, and the impunity of, the perpetrators,” the report said.

Now wait a minute . . . if these allegations are true, or at least if there is evidence that they might be true, why aren’t law-enforcement officials swooping in, gathering evidence and, if warranted, shutting down the organization?

Isn’t it time for a co-ordinated international effort by police investigators?

And if the allegations are true, wouldn’t the Catholic Church be the most despicable criminal organization in the world?