Dante and Darwin
There's a very good post at Darwin Catholic about Charles Krauthammer's recent remarks regarding the use of torture in extreme cases. Darwin makes some very interesting comparisons to the theology of Purgatory as found in Dante, and he draws a rock-solid conclusion about the morality of torture under any circumstances. Anything that is morally wrong is always morally wrong, and torture is morally wrong. That's the general principle of the moral realist, but Darwin adds the principle of the Roman Catholic: our positive law ought to reflect the moral (natural) law.