Today marks the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings. The surviving defendant, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been found guilty on all thirty charges and the jury who convicted him has to decide whether he will be executed or be spending the rest of his life in prison.
Despite Pope Francis, Cardinal Sean, and the three other Massachusetts bishops going against the death penalty, the Church actually supports the execution of convicted criminals:
"Another kind of lawful slaying belongs to the civil authorities, to whom is entrusted power of life and death, by the legal and judicious exercise of which they punish the guilty and protect the innocent. The just use of this power, far from involving the crime of murder, is an act paramount obedience to this [Fifth] Commadment which prohibits [unjust] murder. The end of the Commandment is the preservation and security of human life. Now the punishments inflicted by the civil authority, which is the legitimate avenger of crime, naturally tend to this end, since they give security to life by repressing outrage and violence." (Pope St. Pius V, The Catechism of the Council of Trent, Reprinted by TAN Books, 1982: pp. 451-2)
So there you have it. It is actually the Catholic position to support the death penalty, despite what most Vatican II worshipers believe. Since this quote from the Catechism is written by a Pope, it possesses infallibly. It must be believed by all Catholics.
The four fatalities Tsarnaev was responsible for killing were Catholics and to this date have not received a Requiem Mass for the repose of their souls. It would be appropriate that a Requiem be said collectively at the Cathedral since they all belonged to different parishes. But the Cardinal will not do it. He wants to see this convicted terrorist sit in the cell for a whole lifetime with our tax dollars.
Therefore, to that end, I am a Catholic who supports the death penalty for convicted murderers. This is what the Church really teaches. God Bless America.