I was going to write about the shame in Massachusetts, where no cemetery is willing to receive the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but Margaret O'Brien Steinfels beat me to the punch. The Bishop of Worcester, where the funeral home is, should step in and offer Christian burial at a Catholic cemetery. That would teach the people about what it means to be a Catholic. Mr. Tamerlan did horrible things, to be sure. But, he is dead now and we can leave his judgment to God. Our judgment is still in the balance and performing the corporal works of mercy helps to prepare us for that day.
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- Talk of Latinos' potential political clout dominates La Raza gathering
- Editorial: Pope Francis' exhortation to walk on the margins makes us squirm
- Philippine church takes lead on Francis' environmental encyclical
- Special Section Preview: Social Justice
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