A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that those without religion were the only group in which a majority believes that torture is never justified. White evangelicals, not-evangelical Protestants and Catholics all believe it was justified by over 60%.
In fact, most American Catholics believe very little of what the church teaches on a wide range of subjects: divorce, birth control, transubstantiation and now torture as well. Why do they still consider themselves Catholics, then? Tradition, of course. And because church membership operates as a tribal marker. I’m sure there are other factors as well.