What Counts as Torture?


#1

I've been debating Catholic friends and I've explained that the Church is against torture. But I'm wondering what counts as torture (in the Church's opinion)? Waterboarding?

Thanks,
ClemtheCatholic


#2

[quote="ClemtheCatholic, post:1, topic:323243"]
I've been debating Catholic friends and I've explained that the Church is against torture. But I'm wondering what counts as torture (in the Church's opinion)? Waterboarding?

Thanks,
ClemtheCatholic

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The definition of torture is very context dependent. Sleep deprivation might be torture if used as a "breakdown" technique; but not as part of interrogation. The use of a hood would be acceptable in a situation where control was imperative, but not in a prolonged situation. Etc.

As such, it is unlikely you would find a list of morally acceptable vs. unacceptable practices.

ICXC NIKA


#3

[quote="ClemtheCatholic, post:1, topic:323243"]
I've been debating Catholic friends and I've explained that the Church is against torture. But I'm wondering what counts as torture (in the Church's opinion)? Waterboarding?

Thanks,
ClemtheCatholic

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From the Churches point of view, although I don't know if she has made such a definitive statement as this, but drawing from various church documents, torture would be anything that wilfully, violently(either physical or psychological) and unjustly infringes on the human dignity of another in a calculated way. Waterboarding would certainly fall within this category. I don't see how torture would fall under any concept of just war policy or self defence either. Hope that helps


#4

[quote="Theophorus, post:3, topic:323243"]
From the Churches point of view, although I don't know if she has made such a definitive statement as this, but drawing from various church documents, torture would be anything that wilfully, violently(either physical or psychological) and unjustly infringes on the human dignity of another in a calculated way. Waterboarding would certainly fall within this category. I don't see how torture would fall under any concept of just war policy or self defence either. Hope that helps

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Great description. Just one example i could think of would be bullying in all its forms.


#5

Thanks guys!! :slight_smile:


#6

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