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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?

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  1. COMPARE AND CONTRAST:

    Catechism of the Catholic Church

    2268 The fifth commandment forbids direct and intentional killing as gravely sinful. the murderer and those who cooperate voluntarily in murder commit a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance

    2269 The fifth commandment forbids doing anything with the intention of indirectly bringing about a person’s death. the moral law prohibits exposing someone to mortal danger without grave reason, as well as refusing assistance to a person in danger.

    Catechism of Rick Santorum

    “On occasion, scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran turn up dead. I think that’s a wonderful thing.”
    – Rick Santorum
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8uNcIEvGdo

  2. Sorry Rick but you’re several centuries past the Inquisition.

  3. Seamus Alehaus

    The answer is never. When Raymond Arroyo agreed with Marc Thiessen on EWTN that the Bush administration’s torture policies including waterboarding were OK the bishops didn’t say anything about it. Right wingers get a pass every time from the bishops. Right wing retro Catholics are their base. Most bishops are conservative Republicans themselves.

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