13 August 2014

Thomas Aquinas and Torture, both then and now

Sub Tuum.

This is a good article (click here) dealing with torture in the modern context and in prior use by both secular and Church authorities. Whether or not one laments the use of torture in the medieval and Renaissance periods, there is a clear difference between that and the hidden, secretive nature of torture today. Done under a veil of official denial, torturers in the government operate virtually unfettered. The primary reason for the use of torture, particularly in the modern era, is not in reality the gathering of accurate intelligence, but rather revenge stemming from an underlying sadism. In short, those who torture enjoy seeing others suffer.