Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rick Santorum and torture

Rod Dreher today has some interesting quotes from Andrew Sullivan regarding Rick Santorum's rather public dissent from Church teaching regarding torture. Rod writes:
I hope the moderator of tonight’s debate asks Rick Santorum how he squares his support for torture with his Catholicism. How does one hold the line on contraception, but ignore the line on torture?
I agree that this is a question worth asking. Both torture and contraception are defined as morally evil by the Church; how can one embrace the first and reject the second, while insisting that one is a faithful Catholic?

We must be careful not to be cafeteria Catholics in our voting, whether we line up on the left or right side of the cafeteria line. Evil is evil, and while there are sometimes prudential questions about the rightness or wrongness of certain wars or military actions, there are no prudential justifications for committing and supporting the evil of torture.