Quote of the Moment: Torquemada

Quote of the Moment: Torquemada February 20, 2012

From Garry Wills’ article, Contraception’s Con Men

Rick Santorum is a nice smiley fanatic. He does not believe in evolution or global warming or women in the workplace. He equates gay sex with bestiality (Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum). He equates contraception with the guillotine. Only a brain-dead party could think him a worthy presidential candidate. Yet he is praised by television pundits, night and day, for being “sincere” and “standing by what he believes.” He is the principled alternative to the evil Moderation of Mitt Romney and the evil Evil of Newt Gingrich. He is presented as a model Catholic. Torquemada was, in that sense, a model Catholic.

I do love me some Wills, ever since I read A Necessary Evil in college. A few years after that he wrote a short biography of St. Augustine. Apparently he was struck by Augustine’s argument that honesty was always necessary, and he became frustrated with what he saw as dishonesty from the Catholic hierarchy.

From that frustration came his most controversial work, Papal Sin: Structure of Deceit. There he lays out most of the arguments he uses in the above article. It’s refreshing to see the Church get called to task for straying from its own principles.


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