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Catholic social teaching opposes torture in the treatment of any detained or imprisoned person because the Church is convinced that every human person bears a God-given dignity. Respect for that dignity always must be present. Pope Benedict XVI addressed this issue in September 2007 when he addressed an international congress of Catholic prison ministers, stating that means of punishment or correction that either undermine or debase the human dignity of prisoners must be eschewed by public authorities. He added that, “The prohibition against torture cannot be contravened under any circumstances.”

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