Tsarnaev Trial: Catholics Need Not Apply?

Last week on RD, Anthony Santoro presciently wrote:

Since nearly half of [Massachusetts’s] six million residents identify as Catholic, however, a sizable number of potential jurors—those who follow the Church’s teaching on capital punishment—are likely to be excluded from jury service for their religious beliefs.

And indeed, there’s this from today’s NY Times:

Another potential juror, a theologian who teaches at a Catholic college, said he could not impose the death penalty “under any circumstances.” He said he worried that if he were selected, he might be denied tenure if his colleagues thought he had voted to sentence Mr. Tsarnaev to death. “They would wonder what I know about Catholic social ethics,” he said.

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  • Dennis.Lurvey@live.com' GeniusPhx says:

    I gather catholics, unlike other christian religions, take on the sins of their actions. If they voted for abortion or voted for the death penalty they believe they could go to hell for those deaths.

    SCOTUS is filled with catholics. You have to wonder if their decisions are more to rule on the law, or to keep them personally out of hell.

    In my opinion all that is superstitious nonsense, but these ppl really believe it.

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