The US Justice Department just released a 370 page report detailing US torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo. Many FBI operatives were so appalled at what they observed that they blew the whistle. It’s all in the Report readily available on the Net. This torture was blessed at the highest levels by GW Bush and Condoleeza Rice who apparently wanted to prove that she could take her place with Margaret Thatcher,Hilary “Eradicate Iran” Clinton and Golda Meir in the pantheon of female leaders who had few real feminist values. Rice, arguably the worst national security advisor in modern history was given an honorary degree by the Jesuit-run Boston College.
One of the Church’s fundamental moral principles is the absolute dignity of the human person. This principle is absolutely traduced by torture.
What ever got into Jesuit president Bill Leahy’s head is beyond the ken of most serious observers. many theologians at BS were appalled and said so in a letter to the Boston Globe.
“On the levels of both moral principle and practical moral judgment, Secretary Rice’s approach to international affairs is in fundamental conflict with Boston College’s commitment to the values of the Catholic and Jesuit traditions and is inconsistent with the humanistic values that inspire the university’s work,” the letter said. It pointed out Pope John Paul II’s opposition to the war in Iraq.
”I have no objection to her coming here to speak — I am in favor of free speech — but I don’t believe we should be honoring her with an honorary degree,” theologian David Hollenbach said.
Now that this sad report has condemned the Christian leadership in the US government of blessing torture, will the US Catholic Church comment on this? Will Catholics in the USA wake up to just who they voted for?