Lenten meditation

/ 1 March 2007

One of the most powerful news compilations I read is put together by an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School. I wish he’d start a blog! But for the time being, he sends his pieces out via email (write to shorton99 at aol dot com if you want to subscribe). His latest has this quotation from Elizabeth Johnson:

"As the church meditates on the passion of Jesus during Lent, the torture of prisoners by U.S.-approved methods ('coercive interrogation') should not be far from our minds. It is still being done in our name, to enhance national security. Apart from the debate over whether torture is 'effective' or not, Christ's words, amplified by his own graphic suffering, mandate an end to this reprehensible brutality: 'You did it to me.'"

Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, in the Jesuit magazine, America.