From a comment on the blog of Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas:

On the subject of justice in this Lenten season, I would like very much to know how you can reconcile the claims of Marc Thiessen on EWTN that justify our government's use of torture with Catholic faith. This man specifically referenced the Magisterium in his discussion on a Catholic network. Lent, it seems to me, is a perfect opportunity for our nation to reflect on what has been done to others in the name of our safety.

Perhaps it might even be appropriate for leaders such as yourself to reiterate the message of Pope John Paul II in Veritatis Splendor, that physical and mental torture "...are a disgrace, and so long as they infect human civilization they contaminate those who inflict them more than those who suffer injustice, and they are a negation of the honour due to the Creator."

Many Thanks - Sam

I urge my Catholic readers appalled by Thiessen's remarks to write their priests and bishops and cardinals on similar lines. The officials have blogs now, and can receive emails. Copy me on them.

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