· Bishops of Massachusetts against the death penalty ·
The dignity of every human life, as it is a gift from God, must be defended and protected. This was the message expressed Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, and by the Bishops of Massachusetts in a joint statement against capital punishment, regarding the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man accused of the Boston marathon attack on 15 April 2013.
“The Church has taught that the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are 'rare, if not practically nonexistent'”.”As Pope Francis has recently stated”, the statement continued, death penalty “is an offense against the inviolability of life and the dignity of the human person. When the death penalty is applied, it is not for a current act of oppression, but rather for an act committed in the past”. Furthermore, “it is also applied to persons whose current ability to cause harm is not current, as it has been neutralized – they are already deprived of their liberty.” Today, Tuesday, 7 April, Tsarnaev's trial has entered into a crucial phase. After the closing arguments, the jurors are meeting to decide the verdict. Only after the verdict, will the debate commence on whether or not Tsarnaev will receive the death penalty. Tsarnaev has been accused of thirty charges, seventeen of which carry the death penalty.
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