The political blogs have been abuzz recently over Marc Thiessen's claim that so-called enhanced interrogation techniques can be justified by Catholic just war theory.
Here is what Cardinal Francis George wrote to President Bush in a letter dated March 5, 2008:
Torture undermines and debases the human dignity of both victims and perpetrators. It is never a necessary cruelty. Pope Benedict XVI, in a September 6, 2007 address, stated, "I reiterate that the prohibition against torture cannot be contravened under any circumstances."
So who speaks for the Catholic Church? The President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Pope, or the Bush administration flack?
The letter is here.