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Is torture losing its shock value?

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Our government's use of torture puts being both American and Catholic in serious conflict, says this theologian.


Theological research doesn't often include reading detailed accounts of torture, but it did for William Cavanaugh, now a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. "I read account after account of people's torture, and that's what I did all day," he says of his early work at the University of Notre Dame Center for Civil and

Human Rights. "It was a grim time."