Bishops object to death penalty as punishment in Boston bomber

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April 7, 2015

Federal trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the Boston Marathon bombings, is to begin in November

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who is accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings, is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo. His trial in federal court is to began in March. (CNS photo/FBI handout via Reuters)

BOSTON (CNS) — As the trial of Boston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went to the jury April 6, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts released a statement reiterating the church’s teaching on the death penalty.

If convicted, Tsarnaev could be sentenced to death or to life without the possibility of parole.

The Catholic Church opposes the death penalty except “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor,” but such cases “are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.”

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