…from the Washington Post : “Twenty-seven religious leaders, including megachurch pastor Rick Warren, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, have signed a statement urging the United States to ‘abolish torture now -- without exceptions.’ The statement, being published in newspaper advertisements starting today, is the opening salvo of a new organization called the National Religious Campaign Against Torture , which has formed in response to allegations of human rights abuse at U.S. detention centers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba… …The signers come from a broad range of denominations and include notable religious conservatives, such as the Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; and the Rev. William J. Byron, former president of Catholic University.” This is all well and good. However, I wonder what kind of diluted and mixed message we send to both the torturers and the tortured when when we shake hands with and applaud the man who presides over an Administration that commits such atrocities…and then we even give him a public podium! What are we to say to torture-victim Maryknoll Sister Diana Ortiz when one of our own bishops serves on the Advisory Board of a school that offers instruction in these diabolical techniques in their course of study? A more consistent, powerful and effective statement was offered by Saint Ambrose of Milan over 1600 years ago.