Mark Shea is an irascible fellow at times, but his strong defense of Catholic teaching on the absolute evil of torture sets him apart from many of his rightwing peers. This post is particularly strong. We have heard a lot, mercifully, of the liberal case against torture. We haven't heard enough of the conservative case - especially the religious one. It is one overwhelming moral issue that doesn't even make it onto the Family Research Council's agenda. Why am I not surprised?