When are Catholic bishops going to condemn Rick Santorum’s enthusiastic support of torture?
As has been amply evidenced in recent weeks, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops takes a hard line on the issue of artificial birth control.
And the bishops have been supported in that regard by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a Catholic himself, who says an ObamaCare rule concerning contraceptives amounts to a trampling of the Catholic Church’s right to “religious liberty.”
But there’s another side to Santorum that’s not quite so faithful to Catholic teachings, a side that has yet to attract any conspicuous criticism from the bishops. I refer to the former senator’s support for torture in the so-called war on terror.
Paragraph 2297 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church says this:
Torture which uses physical or moral violence to extract confessions, punish the guilty, frighten opponents, or satisfy hatred is contrary to respect for the person and for human dignity…
Non-combatants, wounded soldiers, and prisoners must be respected and treated humanely. Actions deliberately contrary to the law of nations and to its universal principles are crimes, as are the orders that command such actions.
Andrew Sullivan addresses Santorum’s apostasy HERE:
[Santorum's] defense of torture is far, far more scandalous to the Catholic church than any liberal Catholic politician’s views on, say, same-sex marriage or contraception. It is he who has made his faith integral to his public life. Yet he defends the equivalent of crucifixion for prisoners under his potential command.
When, one wonders, will Catholics hear a letter from the pulpit on the vital question of torture – and the support for it from a leading Catholic candidate for the presidency?