Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Execution of a Murderer: John Allen Muhammad

John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind behind the sniper attacks that left 10 dead, was executed as relatives of the victims watched, reliving the killing spree that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area for three weeks in October 2002.

So the headlines read yesterday. I thought to myself, as a Catholic what should I think about this execution? My first thoughts were of the victims and their family. In particular I remember reading about one of the victims sitting on a bench with her husband when she was shot. I thought about the grief of the man to lose his wife so sudden and tragic. Without reason other than she was in the killers sites.

I thought about my pro-life stance. My fight against the killing of the Innocent. But how should I react as a Catholic to the execution yesterday.

I still struggling with that. I know what the Church teaches in the 10 commandments. I know what the Catholic Catechism says (CCC 2267).

Some would say that he deserves to die for what he did and some would even go to the extreme to say "I hope he rots in Hell".

Other's would maybe pray for his soul and leave his eternal judgement to Our Father. Pray for the victims and their families.

Below I've provided a few links to review.

Avoid th "Hang 'Em High" Attitude

Catholic Teaching: A few questions on the death penalty

Patrick Madrid - Death Penalty (Audio)

D.C. Sniper Muhammad Executed in Virginia

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