Mindszenty, Catholics And Torture

450px-Esztergom-Mindszenty_death_mask

A reader writes:

In discussing Thiessen's disgusting use of the Church to defend the Bush/Cheney torture regime, please revisit the case of Cardinal Mindszenty in Hungary. Mindszenty's treatment was in many respects identical to American enhanced interrogation techniques: hooding, humiliation (he was forced to wear a clown suit), drugging, sleep deprivation, etc.  Pius XII was so appalled by Mindszenty's torture that he wrote an apostolic letter - Acerrimo Moerore - condemning it. Pius went on to excommunicate those involved in the torture.  Mindszenty was beatified by John Paul and is being considered for canonization by Benedict.

It is moral relativism for National Review to condemn torture in one case (as they did with Mindszenty) and not with our current torture regime.  Where are the Catholics?

CatholicCulture.org has more on Mindszenty's detention and torture. National Review, alas, sold its soul to the Cheney machine and the theo-conservative Republican party project a long, long time ago.

I notice that the current Pope, in close league with American theocons like the late Neuhaus and George and Weigel, never uttered a word about torture in his meeting with president Bush. He has never specifically singled out the torture endorsed by his American political allies. He has found time to denounce airport body scans, however, because they invade and violate "the primacy of the human person.”

But this, directly authorized by president Bush, somehow slipped his notice:

6a00d83451c45669e20120a8c4092c970b-500wi

(Death mask of Mindszenty from here)

2006-2011 archives for The Daily Dish, featuring Andrew Sullivan

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Just In