The trick to navigating our media…

…is to know what they are going to lie to you about.

Generally speaking, the MSM will lie through their teeth about abortion.

Meanwhile, media in the service of the Thing that Used to be Conservatism lie through their teeth about Bush/Cheney war crimes and long for the day when we can get back to torturing people for the greater good. It’s still a hugely popular selling point with the base just as it was five years ago, and particularly with the Christian base, including “faithful” Catholics.

Indeed, “faithful” Catholics love torture in greater percentages than the national average. So, we get headlines like this that ought to induce a sense of burning shame in so-called “faithful conservative Catholics””:

Pew poll: Support for torture highest among most devoutly religious

And that is just one more reason why our witness to the world is so deeply compromised and people don’t take us seriously.

You see, it’s *expected* in the Christian tradition that the powers of this world are going to lie to and about the Church. So MSM lies about abortion and stupid attempts to blame a monster like Gosnell on prolifers are par for the course. The devil is a liar.

What is *not* expected–what is condemned by Jesus and railed at by the prophets and warned against by the apostles is that Christians should ever support the proposition, “Let us do evil that good may come of it.” We have nothing to fear from the devil’s lies about the Church. We have much to fear when the devil accuses Christians of supporting torture and we have to plead “guilty as charged” before the Great Tribunal on That Day.

Here is the Bible’s solemn warning to those who embrace grave intrinsic evil for the sake of saving their skins:

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

May the day swiftly come when it is a filthy a lie to say Christians support torture as it is to say prolife Christians are to blame for Kermit Gosnell.

  • Knower

    How does a Pew poll or any other poll measure what’s less, more, and most “devoutly religious” in those polled? I guess that while “man judgeth by appearances,” God and the Pew poll are able to “search the heart”.

  • Knower

    Well, anyway, the silver lining in the dark cloud of torture historically perpetrated by Christians in power is that the Magisterium itself (as in CCC 2297) has returned to teaching of Pope St. Nicholas I, who in 866 condemned direct torture absolutely. But the apparent silence of the Magisterium after that and before the 20th century gave scope to overrated “holy doctors” of theology in the meantime to generate texts which some trads cite nowadays in support of “judicious” direct torture. But let’s remember here what Pope Pius XII wrote in section 21 of his encyclical *Humani Generis*: that our Lord has given the authentic, authoritative interpretation of the deposit of faith “not to each of the faithful, NOT EVEN TO THEOLOGIANS, but only to the Teaching Authority of the Church.”

  • Mike

    Please….:) Mark, I swear you’ve drunk the cool-aid on some of these issues.

    • Mark Shea

      I’m sorry if the facts I’ve cited make you uncomfortable and cause you to lash out irrationally in denial. Nonetheless, they are facts.

  • TheodoreSeeber

    Didn’t Fr. Robert Benson deal with this possibility in _Dawn of All_?


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