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Human Rights/Torture

 

"Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you." Luke's Gospel reminds Christians of every century that Jesus taught his followers to love their enemies (Lk 6:27). In every century, however, this has seemed, for reasons unique to the times, a very difficult teaching to follow. 

Resources listed below offer ways for Catholics to explore this topic.

International Religious Freedom

Letter to Senate Committee on Intelligence on CIA Report
Bishop Richard E. Pates, March 17, 2014

Letter to Senate Regarding Detainee Provisions in Defense Authorization Bill
Bishop Richard E. Pates, November 18, 2013

Letter to Secretary of Defense Hagel Concerning Detainees at Guantanamo Bay
Bishop Richard E. Pates, June 25, 2013

Letter to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Regarding CIA Report
Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 26, 2013

Background on Torture
February 2013

Letter to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Bishop Richard E. Pates, November 7, 2012

Action steps to address torture

Do Christians love their enemies even now?

Letter to Congress on Human Rights and Torture: 2004

Letter to U.S. Senate on Torture
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, December 17, 2007

Recognizing every person's God-given dignity

The problem with torture: Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI's World Day of Peace Message, 2006

Torture is a Moral Issue Study Guide

Torture is an Intrinsic Evil Study Guide
A Catholic Study Guide for a One-Session Workshop Facilitator Packet


Torture Study Guide Videos

Additional Resources

Statement on Anti-Muslim Prejudice
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Bishop William F. Murphy, Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, September 9, 2010

Background on Violence Against Women
February 2010

Letter to Assistant Secretary of State Campbell on Killing of Human Rights Activist
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, September 17, 2009

Coalition Letter to President-Elect Obama on Torture
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, January 9, 2009

Support for Presidential Executive Order Banning Torture
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, June 25, 2008

Letter to President Bush on Torture
Cardinal Francis George, March 5, 2008

Letter to Senate Supporting Expansion of the Ban on Torture
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, January 30, 2008

Bishops Protest Amnesty International's Change in Abortion Policy
August 23, 2007

A Plea to Amnesty International Members Concerning Change in Stance on Abortion
Bishop William S. Sklystad, July 2, 2007

Statement: Torture is a Moral Issue
October 23, 2006

Letter to House on Proposal to Create Military Commissions and to Amend the War Crimes Act
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, September 19, 2006

Letter to Senate on Proposal to Create Military Commissions and to Amend the War Crimes Act
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, September 15, 2006

Letter to Amnesty International on Proposal to Abandon Neutral Stance on Abortion
Bishop William S. Skylstad, September 12, 2006

Letter to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld on Ethical Standards in Treatment of Detainees
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, June 16, 2006

Testimony for Hearing on the 2005 Human Rights Report of the U.S. Department of State
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, March 16, 2006

Letter to Conferees on Punishment of Persons Under Custody
Bishop John H. Ricard, October 14, 2005

Letter to Senate on Prohibition of Torture
Bishop John H. Ricard, October 4, 2005

Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, December 8, 1998

Testimony on Human Rights and Most Favored Nation Status for China
Bishop Daniel P. Reilly, June 18, 1996





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