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Archive for May 3rd, 2011

The latest reports are that the information that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden came from the “enhanced interrogation”, ie, torture, of prisoners at Guantanamo. Neocons are crowing: surely  this ends all debate on such interrogation tactics.

This is nothing new. The error of consequentialism- the notion that if a particular act is good or bad depends upon the consequences of that act- is a near universal one among moderns. That is how the bombing of civilians in World War II, how Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are justified. Indeed, that is how anything can be justified. This never seems to occur to its defenders, but if the moral order is arbitrary, determined only by  good intentions, by having some good end in sight, the door is open for nightmares beyond imagination. Americans ought to realize that this is the same reasoning that led to the Holocaust, that led to the gulags and the countless millions who died for some ideological end or other in the last century. To make omelets,  Mao said, you must break eggs.

But expect the death of bin Laden to become the new mantra in defense of torture. Expect that if you dare object to this you will be vilified.

Expect that the already difficult task of trying to live a consistent life, following Jesus Christ, is going to become even more difficult.

And expect that those who claim to be fellow disciples will be loudest in denouncing those of us who object to consequentialism and all its works and pomps.

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Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the archbishop of Krakow, who was John Paul II’s personal secretary for more than 40 years, spoke of the two loves of the Polish Pontiff: “God and mankind, and in particular the youth.”

He also revealed the two occasions he saw John Paul II “really angry,” but with “good reason.”

“In Agrigento, [Sicily], he raised his voice against the mafia, and we were all a little scared,” he said.

“And the other occasion was during the Angelus, before the Iraq War, when he said with force: no to war, war doesn’t resolve anything. I have seen war. I know what war is.”

“He sent a cardinal to Washington, [D.C], and another to Baghdad, to say: do not seek to resolve these problems with war. And he was right. The war is still ongoing and it hasn’t resolved anything.”

(From Zenit News)

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Moscow (AsiaNews) – The Moscow Patriarchate has joined the Vatican in warning against rejoicing over the death of Osama bin Laden, who was killed on 1 May by the US-led operation. “The Russian Orthodox Church does not share the joy that we have seen in some countries – Archpriest Georgy Roschin, deputy head of the Patriarchate’s department for relations between the Church and society told Interfax – whoever dies,  be he the greatest evil or the greatest terrorist, he will be judged by God alone. “

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